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Somerset Historic Environment Record


Site Name: Watching Brief and Recording (1994-97), Dowlish Wake Packhorse Bridge, Dowlish Wake
Civil Parish: Dowlish Wake
Part of:
PRN 17081Packhorse Bridge, Dowlish Wake
Grid Ref: ST 3757 1273 (ST 31 SE)
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Flood relief work was undertaken on Dowlish Wake packhorse bridge between 1994 and 1997. Two additional arches were inserted into the existing structure of two arches and a bypass culvert was constructed around the southern end of the bridge. An initial archaeological survey of the bridge was carried out in December 1994 to record the fabric. In July 1995 the earth banks against the bridge causeways were removed and trenching for the new culvert was undertaken. At this stage the complete structure was recorded. In June 1997 the two new arches were inserted and further recording was done at this time. {1}


1 Detailed records - Graham, A. A medieval packhorse bridge at Dowlish Wake, near Ilminster. Somerset Archaeology and Natural History  147 (2003), 165-172
2 Archive - Site records, photographs, negatives and report.  (1994-1997) Available at Archives and Records at Somerset Heritage Centre. Reference: A\BHF/15

Record created on 11 October 2004

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