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HER Number:MDV1373
Name:Starkey, Knight and Ford Brewery


Ford's Brewery, on north side of River Lowman, shown on 19th century Ordnance Survey maps.


Grid Reference:SS 956 124
Map Sheet:SS91SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTiverton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTIVERTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS91SE/23

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BREWERY (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD)

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, First Edition 1:500 Town Map (Cartographic). SDV338879.

'Ford's Brewery' shown.

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

Minchinton, W. E., 1976, Industrial Archaeology in Devon, 20 (Monograph). SDV7016.

Brewery. Starkey, Knight and Ford brewery was started in the fine Georgian house in Fore Street (built by Samuel Lewis, merchant) in 1852 by Thomas Ford. It became part of the present group in 1895. Some original buildings, malthouses and kilns survive.

Griffith, F. M., 1987, DAP/JC, 6, 6a (Aerial Photograph). SDV340967.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 14, 56 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Ford's Brewery, on River Lowman. Weir and leat.

Timms, S. C., 20/02/1985, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV349366.

Development proposals (including demolition) aired in 1983. Buildings seen by P. Beacham, who reports of little interest.

Collings, A. G., 2001, Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Centralised Offices at Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, 5, figures 6-8 (Report - Assessment). SDV336255.

Ford's Brewery was working from 1857 to 1981 when the site was used for car parking. Using water power from the River Lowman, the original waterwheel was 3 metres in diameter and remained in use until circa 1920. The malthouse was partly destroyed by fire in 1866.

Whiteaway, T., 2002, Archaeological Watching Brief at Phoenix Lane Car Park, Tiverton, Devon (Report - Watching Brief). SDV349364.

Watching brief 27th May to 19th June 2002. Some remains of the brewery were found, in the form of a circular brick structure and cast-iron pipe, possibly related to a well or pump houses, 18th to 19th century finds in the rubble. Evidence of refuse tipping adjacent to the river consisted of animal bones and pottery including 15th to 16th century gritty wares, late 17th to 18th Westerwald stoneware and 17th to 18th century South Somerset coarsewares.

Wessex Archaeology, 2003, Blundells Road, Tiverton, Devon: Archaeological Desk Based Assessment, 8-9, 19; figure 2 (Report - Assessment). SDV345760.

Site WA 31.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 14, 56.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336255Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G.. 2001. Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Centralised Offices at Phoenix Lane, Tiverton. Exeter Archaeology Report. 01.18. A4 Stapled + Digital. 5, figures 6-8.
SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital).
SDV340967Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1987. DAP/JC. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 6, 6a.
SDV345760Report - Assessment: Wessex Archaeology. 2003. Blundells Road, Tiverton, Devon: Archaeological Desk Based Assessment. Wessex Archaeology Report. 54068.01. A4 Stapled + Digital. 8-9, 19; figure 2.
SDV349364Report - Watching Brief: Whiteaway, T.. 2002. Archaeological Watching Brief at Phoenix Lane Car Park, Tiverton, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Historic Environment Record Entry. 4537. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV349366Personal Comment: Timms, S. C.. 20/02/1985.
SDV7016Monograph: Minchinton, W. E.. 1976. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Paperback Volume. 20.

Associated Monuments

MDV65709Related to: Bridge, Ford's Brewery (Monument)
MDV65708Related to: Weir, Ford's Brewery (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 1 2022 3:11PM