Project profile: Lustleigh Bridge

Opening in 1866 on the former Newton Abbot – Moretonhampstead line in Devon, today it’s in our care and maintained with seven others.

Project profile: Lustleigh Bridge

Location: Lustleigh, Devon

Contractor: Dyer and Butler

Status: Not open to the public


The railway brought tourists to the area, as well as farmers' produce, nursery plants and blacksmiths' products.

The line grew in stature from its opening, Lustleigh was the last but one station on the 20 km branch line, off the South Devon Main Line.

Lustleigh station was used in 1931 film 'Hound of the Baskervilles', featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes.

The line started to decline and eventually closed in 1964.

About the structure

The two-span bridge was constructed in stone. All the structures on this line including Knowles bridge and Mill Leat & Church Path were constructed using granite from Lustleigh Cave.

What is the project?

Many of the structures we care for are in rural locations, where nature has taken hold of it. Tree roots can cause significant damage to brick work, so our contractors have removed all roots then applied a treatment to prevent regrowth. Our contractor Dyer and Butler worked from ropes to safely work from height.  Where roots are growing into the brick work, we’ll remove and reinstate brick work on a like for like basis so it’s in keeping with the structure’s original aesthetic.

Wingwall during works after removal of root ingress and moss

(Wingwall during works after removal of root ingress and moss)

In addition, we’ve repointed and repaired damaged brick work and stitched fractures.  

Before any work began ecologists checked the site, completing preliminary surveys to ensure no animals would be impacted by our work. 

Find out more about maintenance and assessment on our dedicated page 

Lustleigh Bridge, spring 2023

(Lustleigh Bridge, spring 2023)

What stage is it at?

Veg clearance is complete contractors will return to complete waterproofing work in spring 2024.