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HER Number:MDV107164
Name:The Pill, Bideford


Tidal pill and marsh, reclaimed by later 19th century


Grid Reference:SS 454 269
Map Sheet:SS42NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBideford
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTHAM
Ecclesiastical ParishBIDEFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • QUAY (Unknown date)

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, Towns 1855-95 1:500 (Cartographic). SDV348147.

Devon County Council, 1975, Bideford Town Trail, 78 (Article in Monograph). SDV352469.

Timms, S. C., 1976, The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft, 91 (Report - Survey). SDV341346.

There was a mooring point on the Pill where pottery from the Potters Lane kilns were loaded onto ships. These moorings may have been in use in the medieval period and it is possible that they represent the first shipping point, before the main quay was constructed.

Christie, P., 1985, In Retrospect (Article in Serial). SDV126107.

Across Kinglsey Road, we walk across an old arm of the estuary, Potter's Pill. The history of this stream is complex but its northern edge marked by the park railings was embanked as early as 1728 according to one source. This was designed to help drain the area now covered by the park grounds, although as late as 1843 withies were collected here by local basket makers. A bridge across from Chingswell Street to where Elliott's garage now stands gave access.

Torridge District Council, 2009, Bideford Conservation Area Appraisal (Report - non-specific). SDV351295.

The Strand originally faced the town’s tidal Pill and marsh which by the mid 19th century had been reclaimed.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV126107Article in Serial: Christie, P.. 1985. In Retrospect. The Gazette. Cutting + Digital.
SDV341346Report - Survey: Timms, S. C.. 1976. The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 91.
SDV348147Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Digital. [Mapped feature: #66684 ]
SDV351295Report - non-specific: Torridge District Council. 2009. Bideford Conservation Area Appraisal. Torridge District Council Planning Guidance. Digital.
SDV352469Article in Monograph: Devon County Council. 1975. Bideford Town Trail. Devon Town Trails: European Architectural Heritage Year. Paperback Volume. 78.

Associated Monuments

MDV494Related to: Bideford Quay (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 11 2018 12:05PM