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Clapper Bridge

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Small 10.7" x 8.0"
Medium 16.0" x 12.0"
Large 21.3" x 16.0"
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“ALL SEASONS ARE BEAUTIFUL
FOR THE PERSON
WHO CARRIES HAPPINESS WITHIN”
– Horace Friess

I took this photo in winter (November 2009) – in summer time the trees around here have lovely green leaves. This is the well known Clapper Bridge and Postbridge, in Dartmoor, Devon (ENGLAND)
A clapper bridge is an ancient form of bridge found on the moors of Devon (Dartmoor and Exmoor) and in other upland areas of the United Kingdom including Snowdonia and Anglesey. It is formed by large flat slabs of granite or schist supported on stone piers (across rivers), or resting on the banks of streams
Although often credited with prehistoric origin, most were erected in medieval times, and some in later centuries.They are often situated close to a ford where carts could cross. According to the Dartmoor National Park, the word ‘clapper’ derives ultimately from an Anglo-Saxon word, cleaca, meaning ‘bridging the stepping stones’ . Medieval Latin form clapus, claperius, “of Gaulish origin”, with an initial meaning of "a pile of stones
Postbridge Clapper Bridge can be found at Postbridge, on Dartmoor. Its slabs are over four metres (13 ft) long, two metres (6 ft 6 in) wide and weigh over eight tons each, making the bridge passable to a small cart. It was first recorded in 1380 and was built to facilitate the transportation of Dartmoor tin by pack horses to the stannary town of Tavistock

Postbridge is a hamlet in the heart of Dartmoor in the English county of Devon, between Princetown and Moretonhampstead.

Postbridge is situated next to the East Dart river, one of two main tributaries of the River Dart, and consists of a few houses, a shop, an inn, and a national park tourist information centre.

However, it is best known for a fine example of an ancient clapper bridge over the river. First recorded in the 14th century, the bridge is believed to have been built in the 13th century to enable pack horses to cross the river, carrying tin to the stannary town of Tavistock. The clapper bridge which is a Grade II* listed structure is still complete, and stands alongside today’s structure, a Grade II listed structure built in the 1780s

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