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HER Number:MDV43293
Name:Ford across the River Torridge

Summary

Possible site of a ford across the River Torridge, found in the 18th or 19th century. There is no archaeological evidence to indicate a precise location or date.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 455 261
Map Sheet:SS42NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBideford
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishBIDEFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS42NE/223

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FORD (Unknown date)

Full description

Timms, S. C., 1976, The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft, 97 (Report - Survey). SDV341346.

In the 19th century a portion of an old road, three feet below ground level, was said to have been discovered during construction of Bideford East-the-Water gasworks.


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

A paved causeway is thought to have been part of an old ford and is said to have been found near the gas works site in the 18th or 19th century. No remains were observed during survey. The main road into Bideford East-The-Water from the east in the 19th century, the present Torrington Lane, meets the river further north at a point adjoining the former infants school. This would seem a more likely location.


Weddell, P. J., 1993, Archaeological Assessment of a Development Site at Mill Street/Queen Street, Bideford, 3 (Report - Assessment). SDV18954.

It is likely that the settlement developed around a ford which became the focal point for a number of cross-country routeways. A paved causeway thought to be part of an old ford across the Torridge was said to have been found near the gas works site on the east bank, though this has not been corroborated by archaeological evidence from recent observations.


Torridge District Council, 2003, Bideford Townscape Heritage Initiative Stage 2 Bid (Un-published). SDV345899.


Rushton, N., 2006, River Torridge Pipeline, Bideford, Devon: Rapid Archaeological Appraisal, 7, 12 (Report - Interim). SDV342463.

WA 09.

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. 6.
SDV18954Report - Assessment: Weddell, P. J.. 1993. Archaeological Assessment of a Development Site at Mill Street/Queen Street, Bideford. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 93.37. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV341346Report - Survey: Timms, S. C.. 1976. The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 97.
SDV342463Report - Interim: Rushton, N.. 2006. River Torridge Pipeline, Bideford, Devon: Rapid Archaeological Appraisal. Wessex Archaeology Report. 62220.01. A4 Stapled. 7, 12.
SDV345899Un-published: Torridge District Council. 2003. Bideford Townscape Heritage Initiative Stage 2 Bid. Torridge District Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Aug 15 2012 4:03PM