Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

This morning, I will completer the trilogy of old bridges at Wycoller.
First, there was the packhorse bridge, then the clapper bridge and lastly, this one which is by far the oldest, the clam bridge.

Please click here to see it in large format.

It may not look quite so spectacular as the packhorse bridge but this one is quite amazing! According to local historians, this long slab-stone that spans Wycoller Beck is a former standing stone (menhir).

It dates from the Iron Age and used to stand somewhere on the moors to the NE of the village.

It seems that it was brought down to the beck (or rolled along on logs) in a similar way, perhaps, to the great sarsons at Stonehenge. It was then placed across the beck to afford access. It is made of gritstone and roughly measures 12 foot long. It is one single length of stone, now flattened and worn by time.

There was once a rail attached to the slab - now only its holes remain.

There were no other people about, when I took this shot so, as a workshop, I will show a photograph of Len crossing the bridge, to give you a sense of the scale.

I hope you have enjoyed touring the ancient bridges at Wycoller.
Enjoy your day, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7542 W: 326 N: 17333] (68539)
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