A collection of walks, discoveries, insights and pictures of exploring Dartmoor National Park
February 15, 2022
Wisdome Bridge (also known as Vicarage Bridge and formerly as Parsons or Parsonage Bridge)
Wisdome Bridge spans the River Yealm on the Cornwood (1 mile away) to Harford (2 miles away) road. It is believed the current bridge was constructed either in the 17th or 18th century. Although named Wisdome Bridge on modern OS maps, there is a signpost next to it suggesting it is called Vicarage Bridge. Further investigation reveals that at some point it was also known as either Parsons or Parsonage Bridge. No doubt the name Wisdome Bridge comes from the nearby Wisdome Barton, a 16th-17th century farmhouse, which was the home of the Rogers family (purchased by John Rogers in 1690). There are no photographs of the farmhouse in this post as it is currently (February 2022) covered with scaffolding and a protective covering whilst undergoing renovations.