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Rode Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Tellisford, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2876 / 51°17'15"N

Longitude: -2.2848 / 2°17'5"W

OS Eastings: 380237.164302

OS Northings: 154308.936165

OS Grid: ST802543

Mapcode National: GBR 0RR.C4H

Mapcode Global: VH971.BWZT

Entry Name: Rode Bridge

Scheduled Date: 7 April 1953

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1006180

English Heritage Legacy ID: SO 269

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Tellisford

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


Multi span bridge called Rode Bridge.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 13 August 2015. This 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.

This monument includes a multi span bridge which crosses the River Frome on the north western side of the settlement of Rode. The bridge survives as a stone built structure with two main semi- circular arches and four similarly shaped subsidiary flood arches, ashlar parapets with copings, and a cutwater to the south which rises into a pedestrian refuge. Over the main stream it measures approximately 13m long and 3.5m wide, to the east is a causeway of approximately 15m in length with two flood arches and to the west a similar causeway of approximately 38m long with a further two flood arches. In the refuge is a vertical slab which bears the inscription ‘North Bridge / Rode Bridge’. It was built in around 1777 for Black Dog Turnpike Trust. The bridge is listed Grade II.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The Turnpike Acts, which enabled tolls to be levied on road users during the 18th century, revolutionised highway maintenance. The bridges, roads and infrastructure built and maintained as a result revolutionised road travel. The multi span bridge called Rode Bridge formed part of this extensive new and improved road network and retains many of its original features and form.

Source: Historic England


PastScape Monument No:-207898

Source: Historic England

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