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HER Number:MDV55325
Name:The Den, Teignmouth


Former waste ground used for horse racing in the early 19th century. It was laid out as a park in 1869.


Grid Reference:SX 941 726
Map Sheet:SX97SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTeignmouth
Ecclesiastical ParishWEST TEIGNMOUTH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX97SW/272

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PARK (XIX to XXI - 1820 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, Towns 1855-95 1:500 (Cartographic). SDV348147.

Map object based on this source.

Devon County Council, 1975, Teignmouth Town Walk, 63-4 (Article in Serial). SDV352463.

Timms, S. C., 1976, The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft, 185 (Report - Survey). SDV341346.

The formal layout of buildings and pleasure gardens on the Den dates to the development of Teignmouth as a resort.

Pearson, A., 1985, Visitor's Guide to Teignmouth, South Devon, 97 (Monograph). SDV300876.

The Den. Once sandy wasteground, the den was grassed over in the 19th century, and at the turn of the 20th century fishermen were still using it occasionally to dry out their nets. Formerly owned by the Earl of Devon, The Den was acquired by the local council in 1869, when it was sown with grass. At the same time a sea wall was built and roads and paths remade. Horse racing on the den occurred between the 1820s and 1850s and was watched from a small grandstand near the lighthouse.

Wilson, V., 1994, Teignmouth Historic Walkabout (Pamphlet). SDV354751.

Devon County Council + Teignbridge District Council, 1994, Teignmouth Townscape Assessment, 15, 16 (Report - Assessment). SDV351926.

The Den provides an important open space of recreational activity. There are a variety of buildings front the green area of the Den of which the Carlton Theatre is considered the most unfortunate and described as a building entirely out of sympathy with its surroundings. Other 20th century buildings are functional rather than boasting any architectural merit.

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

Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV300876Monograph: Pearson, A.. 1985. Visitor's Guide to Teignmouth, South Devon. Visitor's Guide to Teignmouth, South Devon. A5 Paperback. 97.
SDV341346Report - Survey: Timms, S. C.. 1976. The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 185.
SDV348147Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Digital.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV351926Report - Assessment: Devon County Council + Teignbridge District Council. 1994. Teignmouth Townscape Assessment. Devon County Council + Teignbridge District Council. A4 Unbound + Digital. 15, 16.
SDV352463Article in Serial: Devon County Council. 1975. Teignmouth Town Walk. Devon Town Trails: European Architectural Heritage Year. Paperback Volume. 63-4.
SDV354751Pamphlet: Wilson, V.. 1994. Teignmouth Historic Walkabout. Leaflet.

Associated Monuments

MDV52721Parent of: Den Pavilion, Teignmouth (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 17 2014 10:26AM