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HER Number:MDV66201
Name:Crow Fish Weir, Braunton

Summary

One of 4 fish weirs at Crow Point recorded as a hazard to shipping in the early 19th century. Their existence at least as far back as the 17th century, is suggested by documentary sources.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 459 319
Map Sheet:SS43SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43SE/289

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FISH WEIR (Unknown date)

Full description

Humphreys, C. + Mandry, A., 2001, Fish Traps Project, 5 (Article in Serial). SDV342249.

List of fish traps, recorded as hazards to shipping on 19th century charts, includes 3 at Crow point which are extant. A large number of posts were located in this area by members of North Devon Archaeological Society.


Preece, C., 2002, Fish Weirs: As Irritating As Traffic Cones, 9-11 (Article in Serial). SDV342210.

Documentary sources refer to disputes concerning the removal of fish weirs at Crow Point. The Denham map of 1832 shows fish weirs as chevron-like features, with numbers 1-4 to the south and west of Crow Point.


Preece, C., 2005, A Conflict of Interests: the Fish Traps of the Taw and Torridge Estuaries, 144-7 (Article in Serial). SDV342251.

One of the Crow Point weirs, also known as Lower or Outer weir, which are mentioned in documents from the 17th century. At this time they were already in decline, suggesting an earlier date of origin. One document states that Crow and Hart (or Balyman's) weirs were linked, with a gate between them. Other details: Figures 3, 5-9.


Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Other details: Survey number 1368.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV342210Article in Serial: Preece, C.. 2002. Fish Weirs: As Irritating As Traffic Cones. North Devon Archaeological Society Newsletter. 4. A5 Unbound. 9-11.
SDV342249Article in Serial: Humphreys, C. + Mandry, A.. 2001. Fish Traps Project. North Devon Archaeological Society Newsletter. A5 Unbound. 5.
SDV342251Article in Serial: Preece, C.. 2005. A Conflict of Interests: the Fish Traps of the Taw and Torridge Estuaries. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 63. Paperback Volume. 144-7.

Associated Monuments

MDV66203Related to: Bellamy's Weir, Braunton (Monument)
MDV77326Related to: Charleshook Fish Weir, Braunton (Monument)
MDV102756Related to: Fish Weir off Crow Point in the Taw and Torridge Estuary (Monument)
MDV66202Related to: Hart Weir, Braunton (Monument)
MDV66204Related to: Upper Weir, Crow Point, Braunton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4719 - Research and Survey of Fish Weirs on the Rivers Taw and Torridge

Date Last Edited:May 12 2009 3:19PM