River Avill Structures

Lawns’ Bridge

Bridge Name: Lawns’ Bridge
No.: 22
Location: SS 9929 4347
Build Date: Late 18th century
Engineer: Richard Phelps

Late 18th century. Stone built with three semi-circular arches, wider central arch with depressed triangular parapet. Moulded stone copings to parapets and abutment walls. Rock-faced rusticated pilasters and voussoirs.
English Heritage Listed Building Number: 264653. First Listed on 04/08/1983. An 18th-century bridge spans the River Avill at SS 9930 4347. It is Palladian in style, with three arches. The vouissoirs are of undressed stone to give a picturesque appearance. The rest of the structure is of local mortared stone, capped with sandstone slabs. An artificial waterfall below the bridge adds to the effect. The bridge was designed by Richard Phelps, and is part of the 18th century enhancement of the grounds of Dunster Castle, for H F Luttrell. The bridge leads from the formal grounds around the castle, out towards the Deer Park.1


1.Exmoor National Park HER – MSO12063