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HER Number:MDV11820
Name:Rolle Canal, Sea Locks

Summary

Walls of entrance to Rolle Canal, known as Sea Locks, built before 1838.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 458 233
Map Sheet:SS42SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLandcross
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishLANDCROSS

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS42SE/46

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LOCK (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Unknown, 1838, Landcross (Cartographic). SDV8200.

Tithe Map field number: 150. Field name: Canal and Sea Lock.


Hadfield, C., 1967, Canals of South West England, 137-138 (Monograph). SDV58.


Hughes, B. D., 1970, Aids to Recording (6). The Rolle Canal, 75-83 (Article in Serial). SDV19175.

From the masonry remains of the wall of the lock it is possible to see how the lock was constructed. Seagoing vessels, except for very small coasters, would discharge their cargoes into canal tub boats in the basin here. One wall of the lock is still intact; the masonry shows where the lock gates were housed.


Meade, H. M., 1977, Untitled Source (Worksheet). SDV8199.

Walls of entrance to Rolle Canal, known as Sea Locks. Wall of stone with curved section, presumably to hold the lock gate. Two iron stanchions on top of east wall of lock. The lock is clearly shown on the Tithe Map and two buildings are shown on the west side of it. One of them still survives at SS45882322. The other building was probably destroyed by the construction of the railway. It was sited at SS45872328. The canal was built in 1823 by Lord Rolle.


Hughes, B. D., 1993, Notes on the Illustration of the Rolle Canal Sea Lock and Shipyard, circa 1829, 20-21 (Article in Serial). SDV8203.

The lock and shape of canal basin are still clearly visible. Part of the canal and basin has been dammed to form a wildlife sanctuary. Lock was 70 feet between gates, 20 feet wide and 16 feet deep when filled to the level of the basin. The canal basin was approx 200 yards long, 20 yards wide and 8 feet deep. The east side of basin had a stone quay but the west side consists of a sloping earth and clay embankment.


Bristol and Region Archaeological Services, 2006, Archaeological Desk-based Assessment of Land at Rolle Road Industrial Estate, Great Torrington, 5 (Report - Assessment). SDV339538.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV19175Article in Serial: Hughes, B. D.. 1970. Aids to Recording (6). The Rolle Canal. Industrial Archaeology. 7. Photocopy + Digital. 75-83.
SDV339538Report - Assessment: Bristol and Region Archaeological Services. 2006. Archaeological Desk-based Assessment of Land at Rolle Road Industrial Estate, Great Torrington. Bristol and Region Archaeological Services Report. 1637/2006. A4 Stapled + Digital. 5.
SDV58Monograph: Hadfield, C.. 1967. Canals of South West England. Canals of South West England. A5 Hardback. 137-138.
SDV8199Worksheet: Meade, H. M.. 1977. Worksheet.
SDV8200Cartographic: Unknown. 1838. Landcross. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).
SDV8203Article in Serial: Hughes, B. D.. 1993. Notes on the Illustration of the Rolle Canal Sea Lock and Shipyard, circa 1829. North Devon Heritage Journal. 5. Unknown. 20-21.

Associated Monuments

MDV445Part of: Torrington or Rolle Canal (Monument)
MDV66192Related to: BLACKSMITHS WORKSHOP in the Parish of Landcross, Weare Giffard (Monument)
MDV14124Related to: Rolle Canal Shipyard (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4315 - Archaeological Assessment of Land at Rolle Road Industrial Estate

Date Last Edited:Feb 16 2019 3:31PM