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'Ancient and modern', two bridges side by side crossing the river, in the centre of Dartmoor.

This is Postbridge, and the two bridges are just a short walk away from the National Park Visitor Centre.

The bridge in the foreground is one of the finest examples of a clapper bridge in the country. Believed to date back to medieval times, it would probably have replaced stepping stones to help packhorses cross the river.
The bridge has two central piers spanned by three large granite slabs, or clappers.
The word clapper is thought to derive from the Anglo Saxon word 'cleaca' meaning stepping stones, or bridging the stepping stones.

The road bridge in the background was probably built around 1792, so not that modern!

Thank you for looking.

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