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HER Number:MDV17026
Name:The Inspector's House, Braunton Marsh

Summary

Marsh Inspector's house erected towards the north end of the sea bank, following the reclamation of Braunton Marsh. Private toll road leads south from here to the White House.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 482 349
Map Sheet:SS43SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43SE/50

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Unknown, 1840, Braunton (Cartographic). SDV339703.


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

'Inspector's House' shown.


Parkinson, M., 1976, Braunton Marsh, 47 (Article in Serial). SDV341099.

The massive sea wall ran in a north easterly direction from Bench Hill to the present Toll House.


Turpin, J. W., 1982, Braunton Great Field and Marshes, 7, 10 (Report - non-specific). SDV341027.

A Marsh Inspector's house - the Toll House - was erected near Sharper Marsh, towards the north end of the sea bank, following reclamation of Braunton Marsh in 1811 to 1815. A private toll road leads from here to the White House at Broadsands.


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

Annotated survey drawing of The Toll House.


Dennis, A. J., 1983, The Toll House (Ground Photograph). SDV357439.


Manning, C., 2007, Braunton Marsh Management Study 2007, 10-11 (Report - non-specific). SDV341104.

The 'Inspectors' House' appears in the Marsh Inspectors' records of 1839, when the property was first rented for £6 per annum. For the remainder of the century, rental income from the property appears intermittently throughout the Marsh Inspectors' accounts, and it often provided free accommodation for employees of the Inspectors. By 1929, due to increased traffic on the toll road leading south to the White House, tickets were issued for the first time, although toll collection remained a minor function of the resident. However from the 1960s onwards the number of tolls taken has increased many times over, and the occupant of the house took on the role of full-time toll keeper.


Wessex Archaeology, 2007, RMB Chivenor Flood Defence Scheme Barnstaple, Devon: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment, 10 (WA73) (Report - Assessment). SDV342125.


Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 774 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Toll house. Building was erected as marsh inspector's house following reclamation of Braunton Marsh in 1811-15. Shown on Tithe Map. Toll still charged on private road in 1982.


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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV335644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 12NE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV339703Cartographic: Unknown. 1840. Braunton. Tithe Map and Apportionment. 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. 774.
SDV341027Report - non-specific: Turpin, J. W.. 1982. Braunton Great Field and Marshes. Devon County Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 7, 10.
SDV341099Article in Serial: Parkinson, M.. 1976. Braunton Marsh. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 108. A5 Paperback. 47.
SDV341104Report - non-specific: Manning, C.. 2007. Braunton Marsh Management Study 2007. Taw Torridge Estuary Forum Report. A4 Spiral Bound. 10-11.
SDV341136Archive - Survey: Dennis, A. J.. 1983. Braunton Marshes Linhay Survey. Braunton Marsh Linhay Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material.
SDV342125Report - Assessment: Wessex Archaeology. 2007. RMB Chivenor Flood Defence Scheme Barnstaple, Devon: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment. Wessex Archaeology Report. 67300.01. A4 Stapled + Digital. 10 (WA73).
SDV357439Ground Photograph: Dennis, A. J.. 1983. The Toll House. Braunton Marshes Linhay Survey. Photograph (Paper) + Digital.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81982 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4490 - RMB Chivenor Flood Defence Scheme Barnstaple, Devon: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment
  • EDV6573 - Braunton Marshes Linhay Survey

Date Last Edited:Jan 15 2016 8:51AM