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(September, 2004)

Ralph Greene

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge

Darrell Goss

Postbridge, Dartmoor

Postbridge, Devon, UK

11:30am GMT

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© 2004 Darrell Goss, All Rights Reserved.

Postbridge's clapper bridge is the finest example of a clapper bridge in the United Kingdom. The clapper bridge straddles the East Dart River, just twenty meters from the main road bridge (built in the 1780's), and is clearly visible as you drive through the village. The bridge is constructed from four large granite slabs supported by three granite piers. The large slabs are each over 4m long and 2m wide and weigh over 8 tons each.

Clapper bridges are unique to the dartmoor area. There are 30 bridges in total on Dartmoor, being constructed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries by medieval tin workers and farmers as crossings ovver the many small rivers that traverse the moorland.

Taken with a Canon 10D, 8mm 1.8 Simga lens. Mounted on a Kaidan QuickPan III Pro. Stitched with REALVIZ Stitcher 3.5.

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