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HER Number:MDV51272
Name:Date's Yard, Dodbrooke


Shipbuilding yard on the west side of Embankment Road, with sail loft on the east side at the end of a row of workers cottages.


Grid Reference:SX 738 432
Map Sheet:SX74SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKingsbridge
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishDODBROOKE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX74SW/236

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SHIPYARD (XIX - 1837 AD to 1847 AD (Between))

Full description

Wood, J., 1841, Plan of the Parish and Environs of Kingsbridge (Cartographic). SDV336838.

Plan of Kingsbridge Parish of 1841 shows shipbuilding yard about 660 yards to south of map.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Map object based on this Source.

Ordnance Survey, 1938, 136NE. Revision of 1905 with additions in 1938. Provisional Edition (Cartographic). SDV337501.

'Shipbuilding Yard' shown.

Greenhill, B., 1951, Untitled Source (Monograph). SDV348854.

Born, A. + Tanner, K., 1986, Untitled Source, 15 (Monograph). SDV337657.

Two other shipwrights had built about a dozen vessels on the site of Date's Yard from about 1837 before William Date launched his first ship in 1847. Date's vessels included topsail schooners, barques and brigantines, including the renowned fast fruit clippers. Operated for 50 years before the advent of steam brought an end to the boom.

Head, C.W.A., 1992, W. Date and Sons, the Kingsbridge Shipbuilders, 7 (Article in Serial). SDV348852.

'Date's Yard', generally known as 'Shipwright's Yard', comprised the filled-in foreshore of the estuary from the wall on the south side of what is now Mr Moule's premises opposite 3 Embankment Road to a point circa 600 feet along the shore to the south, and continued to the slipway leading from the foreshore opposite the entrance to Warren Road. Built 1837, closed 1912. Used for grain and feed storage, then coal storage. Recently developed as 'The Moorings'. At the south end of a row of cottages on the opposite side of the road, built by William Date for the shipyard workers, was the sail loft, now used as a workshop.

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

Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336838Cartographic: Wood, J.. 1841. Plan of the Parish and Environs of Kingsbridge. Photocopy.
SDV337501Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1938. 136NE. Revision of 1905 with additions in 1938. Provisional Edition. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV337657Monograph: Born, A. + Tanner, K.. 1986. Kingsbridge, Devon. A5 Paperback. 15.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV348852Article in Serial: Head, C.W.A.. 1992. W. Date and Sons, the Kingsbridge Shipbuilders. Kingsbridge History Society Recorder. 8. Unknown. 7.
SDV348854Monograph: Greenhill, B.. 1951. The Merchant Schooners. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV7253Related to: Former Harbour, Kingsbridge (Monument)
MDV51269Related to: Rope Walk in Kingsbridge (Monument)
MDV51273Related to: Shipyard Workers' Cottages, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge (Monument)
MDV51274Related to: Weather Vane, 3 Embankment Road, Kingsbridge (Find Spot)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 25 2012 10:29AM