Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: October 01, 2021
Webpage updated: December 01, 2021




The red brick Triumphal Arch in Plymbridge Lane, Plympton, Plymouth, has long been a source of curiosity.  It is located at National Grid reference SX 527577.

Although the Triumphal Arch is officially recorded as having been constructed around 1783 for Mr John Parker of Saltram House as an eye-catcher to be seen from the house, the author was told by an informed source some fifty years ago that it was constructed for the marriage of a female member of the Parker family.  The couple are alleged to have processed through the arch between Boringdon House and Saltram House.  Unfortunately the origin of that claim has not been found.  The arch is based on a design by Mr Robert Adam and is built of red brick, surmounted by a Doric entablature.  The parapet has a moulded cornice and a central niche.  The remains of a Lodge stand behind the western screen.

It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade II* Listed Building.