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HER Number:MDV41892
Name:Exmouth Docks


Nineteenth century harbour built within a natural inlet.


Grid Reference:SX 993 807
Map Sheet:SX98SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishExmouth
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLITTLEHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX98SE/81

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HARBOUR (XIX to XX - 1801 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Griffith, F. M., 10/07/1990, DAP/SS, 14, 15 (Aerial Photograph). SDV177423.

United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, 1853, Extract from Admiralty Chart (Cartographic). SDV129716.

An Admirality Chart of 1853 shows a natural inlet open to the north-west in the location of the later docks.

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

Dock marked on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map.

United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, 1887, Extract from Admiralty Chart (Cartographic). SDV342661.

1887 chart shows docks as at present (1996).

Ordnance Survey, 1938, 103NW. Revision of 1933 with additions in 1938. Provisional Edition (Cartographic). SDV336763.

Dock marked on 1930s 6 inch Ordnance Survey map.

Weddell, P. J., 1986, The Excavation of Medieval and Later Houses and St. Margaret's Chapel, Exmouth 1982-1984, 107-141 (Article in Serial). SDV109145.

Exmouth Docks were constructed mainly within the shallow Sleepers Bay on the Point, and entered from the southwest side. They were completed in 1868.

Griffith, F. M., 1989, DAP/OX, 6-8 (Aerial Photograph). SDV307286.

Manning, P. T., 2010, Archaeological Assessment of A Proposed Development Site in Shelly Road Exmouth, 3-4. Figs. 1, 5-7 (Report - Assessment). SDV347521.

Griffith, F. M., October 1998, DAP/KY, 1-10A (Aerial Photograph). SDV342662.

Anonymous, Unknown, Untitled Source (Monograph). SDV342659.

The natural inlet known as 'Shell Pit' or 'Lobster Hole' was walled with stone in 1860 to create Exmouth Docks.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV109145Article in Serial: Weddell, P. J.. 1986. The Excavation of Medieval and Later Houses and St. Margaret's Chapel, Exmouth 1982-1984. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 44. Paperback Volume. 107-141.
SDV129716Cartographic: United Kingdom Hydrographic Office. 1853. Extract from Admiralty Chart. Admiralty Chart. Photocopy + Digital.
SDV177423Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 10/07/1990. DAP/SS. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 14, 15.
SDV307286Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1989. DAP/OX. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 6-8.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #91247 ]
SDV336763Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1938. 103NW. Revision of 1933 with additions in 1938. Provisional Edition. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV342659Monograph: Anonymous. Unknown. Guidebook. Photocopy.
SDV342661Cartographic: United Kingdom Hydrographic Office. 1887. Extract from Admiralty Chart. Admiralty Chart. Photocopy.
SDV342662Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. October 1998. DAP/KY. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1-10A.
SDV347521Report - Assessment: Manning, P. T.. 2010. Archaeological Assessment of A Proposed Development Site in Shelly Road Exmouth. Exeter Archaeology Report. 10.22. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3-4. Figs. 1, 5-7.

Associated Monuments

MDV51048Related to: Custom House at Exmouth (Building)
MDV55197Related to: Site of Boat Houses off Shelley Road, Exmouth (Building)
MDV51046Related to: Site of Clubhouse at Exmouth Docks (Building)
MDV58115Related to: Site of Footbridge over Entrance to Exmouth Dock (Monument)
MDV51047Related to: Swing Bridge over Entrance to Exmouth Docks (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 8 2018 10:30AM