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HER Number:MDV59650
Name:Silver Street and Hardaway Head, Barnstaple


Silver Street and its extension along Hardaway Head has been suggested as the main thoroughfare from Barnstaple to the east, although cartographic evidence suggests that this is unlikely.


Grid Reference:SS 560 330
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/593

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROAD (XVII to XIX - 1601 AD? to 1840 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Collings, A. G., 1998, Archaeological Assessment of the New Bus Station at Albert Lane Car Park, Barnstaple, 3 (Report - Assessment). SDV336397.

It has been suggested that Silver Street and its extension along the even narrower Hardaway Head was the main thoroughfare from Barnstaple to the east, but this seems unlikely. Tithe Map shows no hedgeline to provide a continuation of the route to the east. The earliest reasonably accurate map of the county (Donn, 1765), shows Bear Street providing the route to east. Silver Street is first recorded in land tax assessment in 1770, when it had 15 properties, including the Dukes Head and the Weavers Arms.

Southwest Archaeology, 2013, Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database, Mapping Area 1293 (Un-published). SDV351581.

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

The remaining stub of Hardaway Head appears to have been realigned during redevelopment at some point since 1930. Silver Street may also have been widened to the south between Albert Lane and Summerlands Street.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336397Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G.. 1998. Archaeological Assessment of the New Bus Station at Albert Lane Car Park, Barnstaple. Exeter Archaeology Report. 98.58. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV348147Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Digital. [Mapped feature: #96462 ]
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV351581Un-published: Southwest Archaeology. 2013. Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database. Greater Barnstaple Area Project. Digital. Mapping Area 1293.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 14 2021 11:41AM