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HER Number:MDV42596
Name:Unknown Wrecks in Seaton Marshes


The remains of boats were found in the marshes during the digging of saltworks in the 18th century.


Grid Reference:SY 251 907
Map Sheet:SY29SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxmouth
Civil ParishColyton
Civil ParishSeaton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCOLYTON
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMOUTH
Ecclesiastical ParishSEATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29SE/55/2
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WRECK (Early Medieval to XVIII - 1066 AD? to 1720 AD (Between))

Full description

Pulman, G. P. R., 1865, The Book of the Axe, 839 (Monograph). SDV124122.

Parkinson, M., 1985, The Axe Estuary and its Marshes, 24-26, 44 (Article in Serial). SDV122290.

Seaton Marshes once formed part of Axe Haven. Referring to the saltworkings in 1723, Stukeley stated that when dug 'they find innumerable keels and pieces of vessels, with nails, pitch, anchors etc 6 or 8 feet deep, because if was formerly part of the haven'.

Turton, S. D., 1994, Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Axe Estuary Local Nature Reserve, 6 (Report - Assessment). SDV120094.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV120094Report - Assessment: Turton, S. D.. 1994. Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Axe Estuary Local Nature Reserve. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 94.72. A4 Grip Bound. 6.
SDV122290Article in Serial: Parkinson, M.. 1985. The Axe Estuary and its Marshes. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 117. A5 Paperback. 24-26, 44. [Mapped feature: #91451 ]
SDV124122Monograph: Pulman, G. P. R.. 1865. The Book of the Axe. The Book of the Axe. Unknown. 839.

Associated Monuments

MDV16660Related to: Axmouth Harbour (Monument)
MDV42590Related to: Medieval Harbour at Seaton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 12 2021 12:40PM