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Home Farm Bridge, Hurst Green

A Scheduled Monument in Oxted, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.2423 / 51°14'32"N

Longitude: -0.0012 / 0°0'4"W

OS Eastings: 539613.316981

OS Northings: 151137.649521

OS Grid: TQ396511

Mapcode National: GBR KKM.0HM

Mapcode Global: VHGSD.X1PG

Entry Name: Home Farm Bridge, Hurst Green

Scheduled Date: 3 February 1951

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1005928

English Heritage Legacy ID: SU 112

County: Surrey

Civil Parish: Oxted

Built-Up Area: Oxted

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Hurst Green St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Southwark


Home Farm Bridge, 290m south-east of Tanhouse Farm, Hurst Green.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 24 November 2014. The record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes a 17th century single span bridge across Oxted stream, situated upstream from its confluence with the River Eden. The bridge comprises one arch and has an arched saddle with the height of the parapets varying between 1.3m in the middle of the bridge and 0.3m at the terminals. The road surface between the parapets measures about 3m wide. The bridge is constructed of Reigate and Kentish Ragstone. The inner arch was reinforced with bricks at a later stage. According to local knowledge the bridge was built around 1640, when the adjacent Home Farm was constructed as a subsidiary building to Tanhouse Farm.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Medieval and early post-medieval single span bridges are structures designed to carry a road or track over a river by means of a single arch, typically 3m-6m in span. They were constructed throughout the medieval period, most commonly using timber. Stone began to be used instead of timber in the 12th century and became increasingly common in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Many medieval bridges were repaired, modified or extensively rebuilt in the post-medieval period.

Home Farm Bridge is a well preserved 17th century single span bridge, despite later brick additions. Its significance is enhanced by its association with Tanhouse Farm, which provides an insight into the spatial organization of the area in the post-medieval period. Deposits preserved underneath the bridge will contain valuable artefactual, ecofactual and environmental evidence, shedding light on the human and natural history of the site prior to the construction of the bridge.

Source: Historic England


Surrey HER 3742.

Source: Historic England

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