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HER Number:MDV20087
Name:Quarrymen's Cottages to north-east of Berry Head Farm, Brixham


These are thought to have been originally quarries within which structures were built.


Grid Reference:SX 938 566
Map Sheet:SX95NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishBrixham
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX95NW/53
  • Torbay HER: MTO20087

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BUILDING (Built, XVIII to XIX - 1701 AD to 1900 AD (Between))
  • QUARRY (XVIII to XIX - 1701 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Feature(s) shown.

Hawkins, M.R., 1973, Berry Head Management Plan, Zone B (Bb, Bd) (Report - Interim). SDV362518.

Remains of Quarrymen's Cottages just north of an area of small scratch quarries. The cottages are mid 8th century.

Pye, A.R., 1989, Berry Head Fort, Brixham. An Archaeological Assessment, 1, 3, 33, 36 (Report - Assessment). SDV362497.

The so called Quarrymen’s Cottages and water tanks are thought to be examples of small 18th-19th century ‘scratch’ quarries. A small excavation in the 1970s revealed two roughly built walls were revealed and finds including ceramic, glass and brick fragments and a half penny dated 1756.
No records of this excavation have so far been traced, apart from some black-and-white photographs, one of which shows a stone-built ‘alcove’ with a cobbled surface in the foreground. This would seem to represent some kind of structure, although the features presently appear as little more than quarries. Thus although most of the features were probably originally quarries, there is a hint also of some walls being built and surfaces laid.

Pye, A.R. & Slater, W.D., 1990, Berry Head Fort, Brixham, An Archaeological Survey, 1 (Report - Survey). SDV362493.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #130660 ]
SDV362493Report - Survey: Pye, A.R. & Slater, W.D.. 1990. Berry Head Fort, Brixham, An Archaeological Survey. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. EMAFU 90.10. Hardcopy + Digital. 1.
Linked documents:1
SDV362497Report - Assessment: Pye, A.R.. 1989. Berry Head Fort, Brixham. An Archaeological Assessment. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit. EMAFU 89.04. Hardcopy + Digital. 1, 3, 33, 36.
Linked documents:1
SDV362518Report - Interim: Hawkins, M.R.. 1973. Berry Head Management Plan. Parks Committee of the County Borough of Torbay. Zone B (Bb, Bd).

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7846 - Excavation by John Horsley - 1970s (1975)

Date Last Edited:Jun 4 2021 4:38PM