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IoE Number: 429171
Location: HELE BRIDGE AT NGR 9331 2782,
Photographer: Mr Robin Downes
Date Photographed: 11 April 2003
Date listed: 04 August 1986
Date of last amendment: 04 August 1986
Grade II

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SS92NW DULVERTON CP-9/53Hele Bridge at NGR SS 9331 2782-

SS92NW DULVERTON CP - 9/53 Hele Bridge at NGR SS 9331 2782 - GV II Road bridge over River Exe. Medieval in origin, repaired 1628 and 1866, widened on south side in 1892 by G B Fisher for Somerset County Council. Random rubble local stone with rubble voussoirs and hit-and-miss coping to parapet, south side squared, irregularly coursed local stone with blue glazed brick voussoirs and saddleback coping. Three arch span; 4-centred arches on north side flanking pointed cutwaters with rubble tops, circular iron tie above apex of centre arch; the earlier parapet seems to have extended to the top of the cutwaters and is visible in the south-west corner. South side, semi-circular headed arches, pointed cutwater between with parapet extended along the line of the cutwaters to form recesses similar to those found on medieval packhorse bridges. The soffits of the arches have been extended in brick on the south side and would appear to indicate 2 periods of building. An interesting example of how a medieval bridge has been adapted to modern needs. Ogilby in 1675 includes the road from Hele Bridge to Dulverton in his Bridgwater-Barnstaple road. (Bently and Murless, Somerset Roads, 1985; Photograph in NMR).

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