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HER Number:MDV505
Name:Sundial on Bridge Buildings, Bideford


Sundial on the south façade of Bridge Buildings, built in 1882, and is now council offices. It was possibly re-used from an earlier building on the site.


Grid Reference:SS 454 264
Map Sheet:SS42NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBideford
Ecclesiastical ParishBIDEFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS42NE/19

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SUNDIAL (Unknown date)

Full description

Department of National Heritage, 19/04/1993, Bideford, 23-4 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV338459.

Between the second-storey windows of the centre projection is a painted sundial, described in the 1973 list as 'from earlier building'; if so, it has been very thoroughly restored. Plaque in entrance hall (of Bridge Buildings) says building 'was rebuilt at the cost of the Bridge Estate... on the site of a Bridge Hall rebuilt AD 1758, and of a Free School rebuilt AD 1657 and repaired AD 1680 and 1780, and of a Grammar School founded AD 1689'. Other details: LBS 375733.

Crowley, J., 1961, Sundials in South Devon, 282 (Article in Serial). SDV4705.

Town Hall.

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

Other details: WA 54.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV338459List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of National Heritage. 19/04/1993. Bideford. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 23-4.
SDV342463Report - Interim: Rushton, N.. 2006. River Torridge Pipeline, Bideford, Devon: Rapid Archaeological Appraisal. Wessex Archaeology Report. 62220.01. A4 Stapled. 7, 13.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #31316 ]
SDV4705Article in Serial: Crowley, J.. 1961. Sundials in South Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 93. A5 Hardback. 282.

Associated Monuments

MDV18274Related to: Bideford Manor House (Monument)
MDV495Related to: Bridge Buildings, Bideford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Jan 22 2015 11:18AM