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HER Number:MDV18275
Name:The Strand Ropewalk, Bideford


The Strand ropewalk extended from the Quay to the Strand in the 17th century. Posts around which ropes were stretched are shown on the late 19th century Ordnance Survey town plan. Closed 1886.


Grid Reference:SS 453 268
Map Sheet:SS42NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBideford
Ecclesiastical ParishBIDEFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SS 42 NE 32
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS42NE/81

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROPEWALK (XVII to XIX - 1601 AD to 1886 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Double row of posts marked along The Strand, to east of building marked 'Ropewalk'.

Chope, R. P., 1928-1929, The Barnstaple "Tome Stone", 105 (Article in Serial). SDV2538.

In the 17th century the ropehouse extended from the Quay to the Strand.

Minchinton, W. E., 1973, Industrial Archaeology in Devon (Monograph). SDV7016.

Minchinton, W., 1974, Devon at Work, Past and Present, 72; Photo (Monograph). SDV18958.

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

A furniture warehouse has replaced the long low rope sheds which has itself been described as one of the town's best buildings because of its honest Victorian character.

Torridge District Council, 2009, Bideford Conservation Area Appraisal, 16 (Report - non-specific). SDV351295.

National Monuments Record, Unknown, 33053 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV2508.

Site of the Strand ropewalk. One of three in Bideford. Closed 1886, but many of the posts around which ropes were stretched remained for several years and photos show them all the way down the Strand (National Monument Record, citing Minchinton).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV18958Monograph: Minchinton, W.. 1974. Devon at Work, Past and Present. Devon at Work, Past and Present. 72; Photo.
SDV2508National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. Unknown. 33053. National Monuments Record Database.
SDV2538Article in Serial: Chope, R. P.. 1928-1929. The Barnstaple "Tome Stone". Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 15. 105.
SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #82195 ]
SDV351295Report - non-specific: Torridge District Council. 2009. Bideford Conservation Area Appraisal. Torridge District Council Planning Guidance. Digital. 16.
SDV352469Article in Monograph: Devon County Council. 1975. Bideford Town Trail. Devon Town Trails: European Architectural Heritage Year. Paperback Volume. 78.
SDV7016Monograph: Minchinton, W. E.. 1973. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Paperback Volume.

Associated Monuments

MDV494Related to: Bideford Quay (Monument)
MDV102306Related to: Blackmores' Depository, Rope Walk, Bideford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 14 2016 3:31PM