The Bridge Trust, and its predecessor organisations, has been a part of Barnstaple's history for over 700 years. For much of that time the Trust has been responsible for the long bridge over the river Taw. Repairing, restoring, maintaining and improving one of the most important bridges in the area, a vital part of Barnstaple's infrastructure since the middle ages.
Although no longer responsible for the long bridge on the Taw, the Bridge Trust continues to play a large part in Barnstaple life, though you may never have heard of us.
The Trust is one of the largest property owners in the town and, although much of the income generated by our Grade II listed historic buildings is applied to their upkeep and repair, nevertheless each year the Trust gives away tens of thousands of pounds to local groups, organisations and individuals.
It is a local charitable trust, operating under a scheme approved by the Charity Commissioners, administered by a Board of ten local elected Trustees and five Trustees nominated by the Town Council. Income mainly from property owned in Barnstaple. Policy is to make grants to bodies rather than to individual persons. Grants normally in March each year. Grant-aid limited to Barnstaple and a radius of 5 miles therefrom.
Day to day running of the Trust is vested in the Chamberlain or Clerk to the Trust.