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Fingle Bridge

The “Then and Now” pictures in this post are from (possibly) 100 years apart and show Fingle Bridge, the Teign and the refreshment establishment which was initially a tea shelter and is now a licenced and much extended inn.

Map showing the area of Fingle Bridge and the approx locations of where the 4 pictures in the post were taken
Anglers Rest 1
Fingle Bridge Tea Shelter from early 20th Century. In 1897, Mrs Jessie Ashplant started selling teas after a suggestion from the Reverend of Drewsteignton that something should replace the thatched “Old Mill”, which had been situated 300 yards further downstream but was destroyed by fire in 1894. (Source: T. Quick Dartmoor Inns, 1992). Is it possible that the lady in the dark top is Mrs Ashplant ?
Fingle 2018
Fingle Bridge Inn from 2018. Originally the Inn was called ‘The Anglers Rest’ and was built in 1957. The Inn seen today is a much extended from the one built in 1957. The small stream which can be seen entering the Teign, is the same stream which was crossed by a small wooden bridge that is shown in the previous picture with a small boy on it.
Anglers Rest 2
Fingle Bridge as viewed from high on the path which ultimately leads to the Hunters Path under Castle Drogo. The author believes this picture is from early to mid 20th century.
Fingle 2016
Another view of Fingle Bridge from on high. This unusual view from 2016 was taken from Prestonbury Castle. Picture courtesy from Frank Collinson.

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  1. Steve Haworth February 1, 2024

    Fascinating, I had no idea that a tea shelter had been at Fingle Bridge originally. I think your approach of posting wonderful old pictures with concise but informative comments works really well.

  2. Arran March 1, 2024

    It’s a strange question, but do you know of any hangings that might have happened in the Finglebridge/Inn area at any point in history?

    • SteveGriggDartmoor March 1, 2024 — Post author

      Hi Arran,

      Thank you for your question. I am not aware of this history I’m afraid.

      Kind Regards,

      Dartmoor Explorations (Steve)

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