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HER Number:MDV102052
Name:Pier wall at Hartland Quay


The remains of a pier wall originally built in the late 16th century are still visible. However, they are likely to be the work of one of several subsequent rebuildings or repairs. Much of the pier was swept away in a storm in 1896.


Grid Reference:SS 223 248
Map Sheet:SS22SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WALL (XVI to XIX - 1501 AD (Between) to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

University of Southampton, 2018, North Devon Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment, No. 3603 (Interpretation). SDV361978.

Remains of pier wall.

Historic England, 2019, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV362730.

Remains of Pier wall. Originally built in the late C16 by William Abbott inheritor of Hartland Abbey and its estate. What now survives however is likely to be the work of one of several subsequent rebuildings or repairs throughout the C17, C18 and C19 until 2 severe storms in 1887 and 1896 effected the 2 stage destruction of the pier. Large grounders with stone rubble blocks above. Hartland Quay was probably at its most prosperous during the C18 and early C19 - in 1841 after the damage to its pier-head during gales its owner Lewis William Buck was confident enough of the quay's future to raise £1200 for its repair. However in the 2nd half of the C19 the fortunes of the quay declined, augmented by the arrival of the railway in Bideford in 1855 and the climate of agricultural depression. When therefore further considerable damage was suffered in 1887 Sir George Stuckley refused to rebuild, merely re-facing the stump of the pier and the remainder was swept away in 1896. Already business in the Quay had ceased, with the last ship, the Rosamund Jane, departing in 1893. Source: Hartland Quay - The Story of a Vanished Port: M. Nix and M. R. Myers
Date first listed: 19th June 1989

Sources / Further Reading

SDV361978Interpretation: University of Southampton. 2018. North Devon Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. RCZAS. Digital. No. 3603.
SDV362730National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2019. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. [Mapped feature: #1399 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV18340Part of: Hartland Quay (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 21 2023 2:45PM