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HER Number:MDV43284
Name:Shipyard at Bideford East the Water

Summary

Shipyard marked on mid 18th century plan downstream of bridge. Divided into two separate yards in 1844, and closed on construction of the railway goods yard in 1872.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 457 265
Map Sheet:SS42NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBideford
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishBIDEFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS42NE/214

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SHIPYARD (XVIII to XIX - 1750 AD to 1872 AD (Between))

Full description

Wood, J., 1842, Plan of the Town of Bideford (Cartographic). SDV342513.

'Wm Brooks Ship Building Yard' marked. Map object based on this source.


Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, First Edition 1:500 Town Map (Cartographic). SDV338879.

Map object based on this source.


Rogers, I., 1947, Ships and Shipyards of Bideford 1568 to 1938 (Monograph). SDV342508.


Grant, A. + Christie, P., 1987, Untitled Source, 37 (Monograph). SDV339388.


Pye, A. R. + Simpson, S. J., 1991, Bideford Waterfront NRA Tidal Defence Scheme: Historical Survey and Part 1 Archaeological Survey, 3-4; figures 3,4,6. (Report - Survey). SDV15240.

"Shipbuilding Yard" is marked on mid 18th century plan downstream of the bridge. In 1844 it was divided into two separate yards. Five warships were built here during the Napoleonic wars. Shipbuilding continued until the construction of the railway goods yard in 1872.


Rance, C., 1994, Archaeological Assessment of NRA Bideford Tidal Defence Scheme Part 3: East the Water, 3 (Report - Assessment). SDV16334.

In the mid 16th century Leland mentioned shipyards lying at Bideford East the Water near the bridge, and it is possible that shipyards in some form may have existed here since the construction of the bridge in the 13th century.


Rushton, N., 2006, River Torridge Pipeline, Bideford, Devon: Rapid Archaeological Appraisal, 7, 13; site WA 51 (Report - Interim). SDV342463.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV15240Report - Survey: Pye, A. R. + Simpson, S. J.. 1991. Bideford Waterfront NRA Tidal Defence Scheme: Historical Survey and Part 1 Archaeological Survey. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 91.01. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3-4; figures 3,4,6..
SDV16334Report - Assessment: Rance, C.. 1994. Archaeological Assessment of NRA Bideford Tidal Defence Scheme Part 3: East the Water. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 94.93. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital).
SDV339388Monograph: Grant, A. + Christie, P.. 1987. The Book of Bideford. Unknown. 37.
SDV342463Report - Interim: Rushton, N.. 2006. River Torridge Pipeline, Bideford, Devon: Rapid Archaeological Appraisal. Wessex Archaeology Report. 62220.01. A4 Stapled. 7, 13; site WA 51.
SDV342508Monograph: Rogers, I.. 1947. Ships and Shipyards of Bideford 1568 to 1938. Ships and Shipyards of Bideford 1568 to 1938. Unknown.
SDV342513Cartographic: Wood, J.. 1842. Plan of the Town of Bideford. Photocopy + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV43289Related to: Foundry at East The Water (Monument)
MDV43290Related to: Wharves at Bideford East The Water (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4517 - Archaeological Appraisal of River Torridge Pipeline Routes, Bideford, Devon

Date Last Edited:Jul 3 2014 8:26AM