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‘Clappermarsh’ is a lost smallholding shown on the 19th century Tithe Map. The ruins of the smallholding are located a short distance to the south of the stepping stones at Dunsford Mills.

Clappermarsh was mentioned as ‘Clapper Marsh’ in 1748, so can be dated back to at least that year. It is believed there was a clapper bridge over the River Teign at this point and the smallholding probably got its name from this. That said, the author is unaware of any historical clapper crossing the Teign at this point, just the stepping stones.

0. Map
Clappermarsh shown on a late 19th century map, which suggests the three buildings in the smallholding still had their roofs intact. The smallholding does not appear on modern OS maps (even the outline of the buildings)
0a. Map
‘Clappermarsh’ is shown on 19th century Tithe Map as two rectangular buildings and several small enclosures to the south of the river Teign. The Apportionment for ‘Clappermarsh’ lists Field Number 842 as ‘House Garden’. Looking at late 19th century maps a further building appears to have been added to the corner of field 839. The bridge here was located as indicated on the annotated map. That said, it is possible the footbridge post-dates the tithe (1840), thus the name ‘Clapper’ is might relate to an earlier crossing.
1. Clappermarsh
The ruins of the largest building at Clappermarsh is just a few metres from the footpath which leads to the stepping stones at Dunsford Mills from Bridford Wood Cottage
2. Clappermarsh
The main building at Clappermarsh is located at SX80998 88510
3. Clappermarsh
Within the ruins at Clappermarsh are some bricks which appear to have come from a chimney. The largest building nearest the footpath appears to have been the main dwelling
4. Stepping Stones
Stepping stones at Dunsford Mill, which the author has only ever crossed during summer months
5. Stepping Stones
Certain maps indicate there was once a footbridge downstream from the stepping stones. The author is unaware of any history relating to the bridge and would welcome any information relating to it.
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