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HER Number:MDV105116
Name:Timber Revetments, The River Teign


A linear structure is visible on aerial photographs of the 1980s onwards, following the former route of the main deepwater channel of the River Teign. It is probably the remains of timber river channel revetments of probable mid 19th century date, possibly associated with the operation of the Hackney Canal.


Grid Reference:SX 889 722
Map Sheet:SX87SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHaccombe with Combe

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • REVETMENT (XIX to XX - 1843 AD? to 1928 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

The structures correspond with the depicted route of the River Teign main channel.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1824, RAF/CPE/UK1824 4147-4148 04-NOV-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352344.

The westernmost tip of the linear structure is visible.

Ordnance Survey, 1986, OS/86246, OS/86246 1053-1054 15-OCT-1986 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352106.

Linear structures are visible within and cut by the contemprary river channel.

Channel Coast Observatory, 2001-2012, Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography, Channel Coastal Observatory SX8972_20120917ortho.ecw 17-SEP-2012 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351226.

Linear structures are visible within and cut by the current river channel.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2013-2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV351146.

A linear structure is visible in the intertidal zone of the River Teign on aerial photographs of the 1980s onwards. The feature is visible as a fragmentary structure following the former deep water channel of the River Teign, as depicted on the Ordnance Survey First Edition 25 inch map, for over 900 metres. The longest visible section which can be seen, defines the former northern bank for 850 metres between circa SX 8845 7226 and SX 89297230. A 60 metre length centred on circa SX 89657231 defines a shorter section of the southern edge. The structures are probably the remains of timber revetments along the main deepwater river channel, possibly associated with the mid to late-19th century date operation of the Hackney Canal. The revetments might have been intended to regulate the approach to the canal lock connecting the canal to the River Teign, located circa one kilometre to the west. The canal ceased operation in 1928 and the channel has shifted and now follows a more irregular route. Similar structures are also visible further to the west in the Hackney and Newton Channels.

Muriel and Richard Brine, 2015, Devon Heritage, http://www.devonheritage.org/Places/Kingsteignton/TheHackneyCanalPage1.htm Accessed 07-OCT-2013 (Website). SDV352499.

The Hackney Canal was built in 1843 and ceased operation in 1928.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV351146Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2013-2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV351226Aerial Photograph: Channel Coast Observatory. 2001-2012. Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography. Channel Coast Observatory. Digital. Channel Coastal Observatory SX8972_20120917ortho.ecw 17-SEP-2012.
SDV352106Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1986. OS/86246. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/86246 1053-1054 15-OCT-1986. [Mapped feature: #64578 ]
SDV352344Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1824. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK1824 4147-4148 04-NOV-1946.
SDV352499Website: Muriel and Richard Brine. 2015. Devon Heritage. http://www.devonheritage.org/WarMemorials.htm. Website. http://www.devonheritage.org/Places/Kingsteignton/TheHackneyCanalPage1.htm Accessed 07-OCT-2013.

Associated Monuments

MDV105129Related to: Breakwater in the Hackney Channel (Monument)
MDV105121Related to: Timber Revetments, The River Teign (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6127 - Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme (NMP) for South-West England - South Coast Devon (Ref: ACD618)
  • EDV5978 - Intertidal Survey of The Teign Estuary

Date Last Edited:May 15 2014 12:25PM