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HER Number:MDV38608
Name:Wolborough Brake Powder Magazine


Remains of magazine associated with nearby rifle range in Decoy Brake, in use from mid 19th century to 1947.


Grid Reference:SX 859 699
Map Sheet:SX86NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNewton Abbot
Ecclesiastical ParishWOLBOROUGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX86NE/330

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • POWDER MAGAZINE (XIX to XX - 1852 AD to 1947 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Small rectangular building shown to the south of Brake Cottage, on the west side of the rifle range. Map object based on this source.

Pye, A. R. + Robinson, R., 1990, An Archaeological Survey of the Gunpowder Factory at Powdermills Farm, Postbridge, Devon, 42, 5.3; Figure 17, 3 (Report - Survey). SDV254157.

Wolborough Brake powder magazine, near Newton Abbot. This is located within woodland (shown as rough grazing and heath in 1890) down a metalled track circa 500 metres from the Wolborough to Newton Abbot road. Its construction was licensed in 1852. The western portion of the heath has been enclosed since 1890, and the eastern boundary of this field now passes directly over the centre of the magazine. Fragments of the eastern portion of the building are still visible. It consisted of a small rectangular structure, the east side of which is 3.4 metres long. The walls are of masonry, circa 0.45 metres thick, with cement rendering on the exterior, and survive to a height of circa 1 metre. The doorway setting was of brick, and was located flush with the inner face of the wall. Remnants of the (iron) door lie circa 4 metres to the north-east. The roof was of slate covered in bitumen.
Map object based on this source.

Jury, R., 1996, Magazine for Rifle Range (Worksheet). SDV357254.

Magazine existed at end of lane for the associated rifle range since mid 19th century. The range and magazine were in use until 1947, but there are only vestigial remains which are very overgrown.

Dean, R., 2016, Land at Wolborough Barton, Newton Abbot (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV359853.

This report presents the results of an archaeological magnetometer survey at the above site. One hundred and five magnetic anomaly groups were mapped as representing possible archaeological deposits or structures.

Anomaly group 28 probably represent a deposit of rubble, possibly mixed with fired bricks,
that may be associated with the former rifle butts and a nineteenth century rifle range that continued in use until after World War 2.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV254157Report - Survey: Pye, A. R. + Robinson, R.. 1990. An Archaeological Survey of the Gunpowder Factory at Powdermills Farm, Postbridge, Devon. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 90.07. A4 Grip Bound. 42, 5.3; Figure 17, 3.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV357254Worksheet: Jury, R.. 1996. Magazine for Rifle Range. Defence of Britain Project. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV359853Report - Geophysical Survey: Dean, R.. 2016. Land at Wolborough Barton, Newton Abbot. Substrata. 1508WOL-R-1. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV52539Related to: Decoy Brake Rifle Range (Monument)
MDV125242Related to: Possible Quarry within Decoy Brake, Newton Abbot (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7116 - Geophysical Survey, Land at Wolborough Barton, Newton Abbot (Ref: 1508WOL-R-1)

Date Last Edited:Feb 18 2019 10:36AM