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HER Number:MDV49504
Name:Duck Decoy on Wrafton Marsh


Duck decoy on original channel of Braunton Pill to west of Wrafton, shown on late 19th and early 20th century maps. Created in the middle of the 19th century after Braunton Pill was straightened during reclamation of the marshes.


Grid Reference:SS 487 350
Map Sheet:SS43NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
Civil ParishHeanton Punchardon
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishHEANTON PUNCHARDON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43NE/243

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DECOY POND (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1905, 8SE (Cartographic). SDV17296.

'Duck Decoy' shown.

Ordnance Survey, 1963, Ordnance Survey 6 inch map (Cartographic). SDV166087.

'Duck Decoy' shown.

Manning, C., 2007, Braunton Marsh Management Study 2007, 5 (Report - non-specific). SDV341104.

Duckponds now found on the site of the original Braunton Pill. The reed beds found here are also believed to have been harvested for thatching, demonstrating economic diversification enabled by straightening of the estuary channel. This was completed in 1857 along with the reclamation of the marshes. Other details: Photograph.

Wessex Archaeology, 2007, RMB Chivenor Flood Defence Scheme Barnstaple, Devon: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment (Report - Assessment). SDV342125.

Other details: WA 174.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV166087Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
SDV17296Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 8SE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV341104Report - non-specific: Manning, C.. 2007. Braunton Marsh Management Study 2007. Taw Torridge Estuary Forum Report. A4 Spiral Bound. 5.
SDV342125Report - Assessment: Wessex Archaeology. 2007. RMB Chivenor Flood Defence Scheme Barnstaple, Devon: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment. Wessex Archaeology Report. 67300.01. A4 Stapled + Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4490 - RMB Chivenor Flood Defence Scheme Barnstaple, Devon: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment

Date Last Edited:May 14 2009 2:51PM