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HER Number:MDV63673
Name:Market Square, Axminster


Site of medieval market place.


Grid Reference:SY 297 986
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/342
  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum Accession Number: 453/2006

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MARKET PLACE (XII to XIII - 1101 AD to 1300 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Market on site of Castle marked on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map on building in centre of Market Square.

Collings, A. G. + Turton, S. D., 2001, Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Development at Market Square, Axminster, 5 (Report - Assessment). SDV104438.

Market Square. A charter of 1204 confirms the right to 'have a market every week on Sunday as it has been used there' suggesting a market was already in use by the 12th century.

Bell, J. S., 2005, Archaeological Evaluation of Land off Market Square, Axminster, Devon (Report - Evaluation). SDV320724.

Two trenches were excavated by Exeter Archaeology in 2005 prior to development on the west side of Market Square. The trenches revealed the Market Square frontage had been largely levelled in the 20th century removing earlier archaeological deposits.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV104438Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Turton, S. D.. 2001. Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Development at Market Square, Axminster. Exeter Archaeology Report. 01.56. A4 Stapled + Digital. 5.
SDV320724Report - Evaluation: Bell, J. S.. 2005. Archaeological Evaluation of Land off Market Square, Axminster, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 05.03. A4 stapled + Digital.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #97396 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV71184Related to: Pump and Well west of Market Square, Axminster (Monument)
MDV63674Related to: Regent Hall, Market Square, Axminster (Building)
MDV63676Related to: Tower House, Market Square, Axminster (Building)
MDV63677Related to: Weston House, Market Square, Axminster (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV850 - archaeological assessment of a proposed development at Market Square, Axminster
  • EDV851 - Archaeological evaluation of land off Market Square, Axminster

Date Last Edited:Jan 19 2012 12:02PM