• Postbridge Clapper Bridge, Dartmoor

    Image ID
    FOT668482
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    10.3 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    3872 x 2592 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    328 x 219 mm
    12.9 x 8.6 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    Postbridge Clapper Bridge bridge East Dart River River Dartmoor Devon UK
    Description
    At one time grandly known by some as the 'cyclopean bridge', Postbridge Clapper in one form or another has stood here for centuries. The term 'clapper bridge' is a term used on Dartmoor for a bridge which has one or more flat slabs of stones which rest on stone piers and thus spans a river or stream. The Dartmoor term for the slabs are 'posts' which is how Postbridge acquired its name. It is possible that the bridge dates back as early as the 1300's as by this time many of the nearby moorland farms had been established. The earliest documented record of the bridge is from a newtake lease of 1655 where it states: "scituate lyinge and beinge between postbridge and a nutake of on Richard Leeres..." The bridge then appears on John Ogilby's Exeter to Truro road map of 1675 where it is marked as "a Stone bridge, 3 Arches Called Post bridg." Avove from http://www.legendarydartmoor.co.UK/post_bridge.htm Clapper bridges are unique to the dartmoor area. There are 30 bridges in total on Dartmoor, being constructed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries by medieval tin workers and farmers as crossings ovver the many small rivers that traverse the moorland.
    Uploader
    David John Carton
    Contributor
    David Carton
    Date Taken
    2010-04-22
    Uploaded on
    2010-05-14
    Collection
    Devon
    Category
    Architecture
    Sub Category
    Bridges
    Setting
    Outdoor
    Point of view
    Eye level
    Dominant colour
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