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HER Number:MDV43869
Name:Upper Bull Ring (Old Cattle Market), Cullompton

Summary

A weekly market and fair was in existence in Cullompton from the 14th century. Although the market shambles in the 19th century were located down Fore Street, the medieval market focus was almost certainly located in High Street, which displays the 'bowing' shape typical of towns with street markets.

Location

Grid Reference:ST 020 074
Map Sheet:ST00NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishCullompton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCULLOMPTON

Protected Status

  • Local List: Upper Bull Ring (Old Cattle Market)

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST00NW/9

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MARKET PLACE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Higher Bull Ring' marked.


Tiverton District Council, 1978, Cullompton Conservation Area, 1-2 (Report - non-specific). SDV41951.

A weekly market and fair was in existence in Cullompton from the 14th century. Although the market shambles in the 19th century were located down Fore Street, the medieval market focus was almost certainly located in High Street, which displays the 'bowing' shape typical of towns with street markets.


Context One Archaeological Services, 2009, Land to the North of Tiverton Road, Cullompton, Devon. An Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment and Geophysical Survey, 6 (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV345067.


Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.


Mid Devon District Council, 2014, Mid Devon Local List Register of Heritage Assets - East, Upper/Higher Bull Ring (Old Cattle Market), Cullompton (Local List - Register of Heritage Assets). SDV356891.

Upper/Higher Bull Ring (Old Cattle Market), Cullompton.
Description: The Higher Bull Ring has a distinctive bow shape and is the historic location of cattle fairs in Cullompton. Markets were held in the Higher Bull Ring since 1278 when the town was granted Thursday markets and an annual 3 day fair at the festival of John the Baptist. In 1317 a further weekly market and annual 3 day fair at the festival of St George was granted. The last recorded bull baiting took place in 1805, where dogs were pitted against a bull for popular entertainment, before Parliament outlawed the practice.

Proximity to designated Heritage Assets:
Grade II listed War Memorial
Grade II listed 20 High Street
Grid Reference: 302083/107442
Source: Cullompton Conservation Area Appraisal
www.Cullomptontowncouncil.gov.uk/heritage


Mid Devon District Council, 2014, Register of Heritage Assets, Upper Bull Ring (Old Cattle Market) (Local List - Register of Heritage Assets). SDV356889.

Upper Bull Ring (Old Cattle Market).
Importance: Remains of the historic street layout and location for markets.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV345067Report - Geophysical Survey: Context One Archaeological Services. 2009. Land to the North of Tiverton Road, Cullompton, Devon. An Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment and Geophysical Survey. Context One Archaeological Services Report. COAS/DBA;GEO/08/TRC. A4 Stapled + Digital. 6.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #91969 ]
SDV356889Local List - Register of Heritage Assets: Mid Devon District Council. 2014. Register of Heritage Assets. Mid Devon District Council. Digital. Upper Bull Ring (Old Cattle Market).
SDV356891Local List - Register of Heritage Assets: Mid Devon District Council. 2014. Mid Devon Local List Register of Heritage Assets - East. Mid Devon District Council. Digital. Upper/Higher Bull Ring (Old Cattle Market), Cullompton.
SDV41951Report - non-specific: Tiverton District Council. 1978. Cullompton Conservation Area. Tiverton District Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 1-2.

Associated Monuments

MDV21786Related to: Cullompton Borough (Monument)
MDV1411Related to: Market Cross, Fore Street, Cullompton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4862 - Geophysical Survey North of Tiverton Road, Cullompton

Date Last Edited:Oct 10 2014 11:59AM