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HER Number:MDV17025
Name:Crow Beach House, Braunton Marsh


Previously known as Ferry House and White House. The house became a marsh keeper's house following the reclamation of the marsh in 1811-15. It was requisitioned on behalf of the War Department in 1942 but has been a private residence since 1952.


Grid Reference:SS 470 330
Map Sheet:SS43SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43SE/49

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (Built, XVIII to XIX - 1751 AD to 1815 AD (Between))

Full description

Whiteley, N., 1861, Unknown, 283-295 (Article in Serial). SDV341105.

Shown as Ferry House on map. Other details: Plan.

Ordnance Survey, 1905, 12NE (Cartographic). SDV335644.

'Ferry House' shown.

Ordnance Survey, 1971, SS43SE (Cartographic). SDV338874.

White House shown.

Parkinson, M., 1976, Braunton Marsh, 54 (Article in Serial). SDV341099.

White House was also called the Ferry House earlier in the (19th) century.

Turpin, J. W., 1982, Braunton Great Field and Marshes, 10 (Report - non-specific). SDV341027.

The Braunton Marsh Toll Road leads to the White House at Broadsands.

Timms, S. C., 1982, The White House (Personal Comment). SDV341107.

Sited on Bench Hill outside the sea wall of 1815 and predates the marsh reclamation. Shown on the Braunton Tithe Map circa 1840.

Dennis, A. J., 1983, Braunton Marshes Linhay Survey (Archive - Survey). SDV341136.

Annotated survey drawing of The White House and the linhay with adjoining store at the rear.

Manning, C., 2007, Braunton Marsh Management Study 2007, 12 (Report - non-specific). SDV341104.

There is a possibility that a ferry house existed at Bench Hill long prior to the creation of the Great Bank in around 1813, although no records exist to corroborate this idea. The White House at Bench Hill (then referred to as Oatway's House) came into the possession of the Marsh Inspectors in 1843. It appears that the ferry may have continued running until at least 1861. In 1942 the White House was requisitioned on behalf of the War department. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it may have been used for ammunition and other military storage. After the war the house was apparently in a poor state of repair, and in 1952 it was once again damaged by an unexplained explosion from across the estuary. Since 1952 the property has been a private residence.

Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 776 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

White house. Marsh keeper's house following reclamation of braunton marsh 1811-15. Sited on bench hill outside the sea wall of 1815; predates marsh reclamation. Marked as 'Ferry House' on OS map 1905.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Marked as Crow Beach House.

Dennis, A. J., May 1983, The White House (Ground Photograph). SDV357436.

Photographs of the White House, linhay at rear which serves the adjoining field, and the'Crow Beach Yacht Club enclosure.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV335644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 12NE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV338874Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1971. SS43SE. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 776.
SDV341027Report - non-specific: Turpin, J. W.. 1982. Braunton Great Field and Marshes. Devon County Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 10.
SDV341099Article in Serial: Parkinson, M.. 1976. Braunton Marsh. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 108. A5 Paperback. 54.
SDV341104Report - non-specific: Manning, C.. 2007. Braunton Marsh Management Study 2007. Taw Torridge Estuary Forum Report. A4 Spiral Bound. 12.
SDV341105Article in Serial: Whiteley, N.. 1861. Unknown. Journal of Bath and West and Southern Counties Society for the Encouragemen. 9. Unknown. 283-295.
SDV341107Personal Comment: Timms, S. C.. 1982. The White House.
SDV341136Archive - Survey: Dennis, A. J.. 1983. Braunton Marshes Linhay Survey. Braunton Marsh Linhay Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material.
SDV357436Ground Photograph: Dennis, A. J.. May 1983. The White House. Braunton Marshes Linhay Survey. Photograph (Paper) + Digital.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81981 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV45560Related to: Linhay at the White House, Braunton Marsh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6573 - Braunton Marshes Linhay Survey

Date Last Edited:Jan 15 2016 9:01AM