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HER Number:MDV18802
Name:Great Torrington, Canal Company Industrial Complex


Site of the offices, limekilns, warehouse, timber and coal stores, and foundry of the Torrington Canal Company later occupied by a dairy complex before redevelopment


Grid Reference:SS 487 188
Map Sheet:SS41NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGreat Torrington
Ecclesiastical ParishGREAT TORRINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS41NE/53

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CANAL DOCKYARD (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD)

Full description

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

Map object based on this Source.

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

Complex included the then existing Canal Tavern at the bottom of Mill Street.

Hughes, B. D., 1970, Aids to Recording (6). The Rolle Canal, 80 (Article in Serial). SDV19175.

At Taddiport the Torrington Canal Company has its offices, beside the canal basin. The company's lime kilns, warehouse and iron foundry were sited here, and also there were timber and coal stores on the dock side.

Timms, S. C., 1983, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV12102.

The site is now largely occupied by large 20th century dairy complex and other industrial buildings to either side of Rolle Road. Three buildings of the canal era survive on the north and east side of Mill Street/Limers Hill. Location map in parish file.

Bissett, A. J., 1991, A Mid-Victorian Street, 21-23 (Article in Serial). SDV19185.

Canal closed in 1870. The Rolle Canal Company's stores were leased to Robert Sandford, becoming the Torridge Vale butter factory. Still recorded as a dairy in the 1980s.

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

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV12102Personal Comment: Timms, S. C.. 1983.
SDV19175Article in Serial: Hughes, B. D.. 1970. Aids to Recording (6). The Rolle Canal. Industrial Archaeology. 7. Photocopy + Digital. 80.
SDV19185Article in Serial: Bissett, A. J.. 1991. A Mid-Victorian Street. North Devon Heritage Journal. 3. Unknown. 21-23.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV58Monograph: Hadfield, C.. 1967. Canals of South West England. Canals of South West England. A5 Hardback. 137.

Associated Monuments

MDV18803Related to: Former Warehouse, Limer's Hill, Great Torrington (Building)
MDV53331Related to: Great Torrington Manorial Mills (Monument)
MDV14285Related to: Rolle Canal Basin (Monument)
MDV20305Related to: Stanlea House, Great Torrington (Monument)
MDV20304Related to: Torridge Inn, Great Torrington (Building)
MDV445Related to: Torrington or Rolle Canal (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Feb 28 2023 3:30PM