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HER Number:MDV45220
Name:Canal Basin, Mill and Wharfs, Totnes


Canal basin, mill and wharfs present in 1887.


Grid Reference:SX 806 603
Map Sheet:SX86SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTotnes
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBERRY POMEROY
Ecclesiastical ParishTOTNES

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX86SW/241

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TIDE MILL (Unknown date)
  • CANAL (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))
  • CANAL WHARF (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD)

Full description

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

Map object based on this source.

Bellchambers, J., 1989, Totnes. Canal basin, mill and wharfs, 1887. (Plan - sketch). SDV143654.

Bellchambers shows canal basin, mill and wharfs at this location in 1887. Map object based on this source.

Morgan, S., 1990, Historian Finds Evidence of Early Canal (Article in Serial). SDV361711.

A South Devon man has discovered evidence of an early canal alongside the River Dart which may have once carried coal, agricultural; produce, slate and stone between Buckfast and Totnes.

Early records show a plan for a navigable canal from Ashburton to Totnes close to the east bank of the River Dart was drawn up in 1792. Recent research shows the scheme was reconsidered in 1809. All that remains of the canal now is strange ditch-like features. Three public houses at Totnes, Buckfastleigh and Bow Bridge called the Watermans Arms further evidence possible canal activity.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV143654Plan - sketch: Bellchambers, J.. 1989. Totnes. Canal basin, mill and wharfs, 1887..
SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital).
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV361711Article in Serial: Morgan, S.. 1990. Historian Finds Evidence of Early Canal. Western Morning News. Photocopy + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV19591Related to: Totnes Town Mills Leat (Monument)
MDV62971Related to: Town Mills Leat Outflow, Totnes (Monument)
MDV18438Related to: Town Mills, Totnes (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 23 2018 2:32PM