One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A simple bridge consisting of slabs of stone or planks laid across a series of rocks or piles of stones.
- ‘Bridges, some of them of great antiquity, with stone beams are often called clapper bridges in England.’
- ‘This design was not much different than the clapper bridges used today, other than the fact that it was of greater stability and allowed much heavier loads to be transported across.’
- ‘There are several clapper bridges on the moor, clapper being the old name for a heap of stones.’
- ‘But in the time when the clapper bridges were built, which could be as recent as five hundred years ago or perhaps two or three times as old again, the whole area here was marshy and boggy.’
- ‘Dartmoor's clapper bridges, despite their prehistoric look, are actually medieval; they were constructed for the packhorse trains that were the transport system of the moor.’
- ‘The clapper bridge straddles the East Dart River, just twenty meters from the main road bridge, and is clearly visible as you drive through the village.’
- ‘Standing stones, burial chambers, Cornish hedges, clapper bridges, cottages and farms are all built from the boulders which have, over the centuries, been cleared from the surface of the moor.’
- ‘The evidence of the clapper bridges seems to confirm this, though others would have to be visited to draw any firm conclusions on this.’
- ‘The river then narrows to form a small rapid leading down to a low clapper bridge which may need portaging in high levels.’
- ‘The softer river valleys, with their ancient clapper bridges, provide a welcome contrast to the stark magnificence of the moors.’
- ‘Helwith slate has been used to make several interesting old clapper bridges in Austwick, including Flascoe Bridge and Pant Bridge.’
- ‘After going through a kissing gate, turn left between the Mill buildings on a footpath towards the stone clapper bridge.’
- ‘Built in the 13 th century, this is the best example of the 30 or so clapper bridges on Dartmoor.’
- ‘The clapper bridges of south west England are thought to be the oldest bridges in the world and are still standing, but it isn't possible to date them exactly.’
- ‘Malham Beck emerges from the foot of Malham Cove and flows through the centre of Malham, crossed by clapper bridges and a former packhorse bridge.’
- ‘It is a simple clapper bridge across the river, named after John Keble, former rector of St Martin's and leader of the Oxford Movement.’
- ‘Many clapper bridges were built during the thirteenth and fourteen century and travellers and farmers would have used this bridge.’
- ‘Technically, it's a medieval clapper bridge, constructed of huge slabs of solid stone most likely left behind in the valley when the last of the glaciers receded.’
- ‘On Dartmoor you'll find many an old clapper bridge that was constructed back in the 13 th century.’
- ‘The most popular places include Hay Tor, from where there are wonderful views, the ancient clapper bridges at Two Bridges, Dartmeet, Widdecombe and Buckland.’
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