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HER Number:MDV18821
Name:Conduit in Brownstone Street, Modbury


Large conduit head of granite blocks with a pyramidal roof, a central ball finial and smaller ball finials at the corners. The inscription stone records its donation by Adrian Swete in 1708 and it being moved in 1874.


Grid Reference:SX 659 518
Map Sheet:SX65SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishModbury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishMODBURY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65SE/40
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CONDUIT (XVIII to XIX - 1708 AD to 1874 AD)

Full description

Masson Phillips, E. N., 1940 - 1941, Conduits in Devon Towns and Villages, 117 (Article in Serial). SDV341237.

Conduit in Brownstone Street, modbury. Dated 1708.

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon, 571 (Monograph). SDV325629.

Conduit donated by Adrian Swete in 1708. Has a bulbous top and obelisk pinnacles. Adrian Swete lived at Old Traine.

Trueman, M., 2000, The Water and Sewage Industry Step 3 Assessment, Monument Protection Programme (Report - non-specific). SDV288012.

Stone built conduit head. The insciption stone records its donation by Adrian Swete in 1708, and it being moved in 1874. Reportedly in use to 1950s. Square structure of large cut granite blocks with a pyramidal roof, a large central ball final and smaller ball finials on each corner. There is an opening on the south side. Archaeological and architecturally important.

Ordnance Survey, 2023, Mastermap 2023 (Cartographic). SDV365227.

Square structure shown.

Historic England, 2023, National Heritage List for England, 1108092 (National Heritage List for England). SDV365228.

Conduit. 1708, but dated 1874, when moved from the street centre to its present position.
A square structure in large cut granite blocks, offset plinth, heavy roll-mould cornice carrying a weathered pyramidal crown capped with large ball finial, and smaller finials to 4 lower corners.
Part of the thorough supply system to Modbury, in use until the 1950s.
See listing description for full details.
Date first listed: 26th January 1967

Unknown, Unknown, Conduit, Brownstone Street, Modbury (Ground Photograph). SDV159197.

Black and white photo of the conduit.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV159197Ground Photograph: Unknown. Unknown. Conduit, Brownstone Street, Modbury. Photograph (Paper) + Digital.
SDV288012Report - non-specific: Trueman, M.. 2000. The Water and Sewage Industry Step 3 Assessment, Monument Protection Programme. English Heritage Monuments Protection Programme Step 3 Report. WIM.I. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume. 571.
SDV341237Article in Serial: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1940 - 1941. Conduits in Devon Towns and Villages. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 21. Unknown. 117.
SDV365227Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2023. Mastermap 2023. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #141251 ]
SDV365228National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2023. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1108092.

Associated Monuments

MDV62514Related to: Conduit in Galpin Street, Modbury (Monument)
MDV62515Related to: Conduit on Church Street, Modbury (Monument)
MDV5064Related to: MANSION HOUSE in the Parish of Modbury (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 22 2023 2:39PM