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HER Number:MDV66203
Name:Bellamy's Weir, Braunton

Summary

One of 4 fish weirs near Crow Point which were recorded as a hazard to shipping in the 19th century. Probably the large 'V' shaped weir which superceded a 'VV' shaped one during the mid 19th century.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 459 321
Map Sheet:SS43SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43SE/291

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FISH WEIR (Unknown date)

Full description

Humphreys, C. + Mandry, A., 2001, Fish Traps Project, 5, 7 (Article in Serial). SDV342249.

List of fish traps, recorded as hazards to shipping on 19th century charts, includes Harte Weir and 3 others 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, 145-7 (Article in Serial). SDV342251.

Also known as Hart weir, and initially given separate identities, based on apparent differences in form. One weir appears to be a standard 'V' shaped structure, the other a double 'V' (VV). This larger 'V' shaped weir probably superceded the 'VV' shaped weir (which no longer appears on a chart of 1851) and is named as 'Bellamy's (Hart) weir'. As shown on Denham's chart of 1832, the 2 weirs could not have functioned effectively simultaneously. 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 1369.

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, 7.
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. 145-7.

Associated Monuments

MDV66201Related to: Crow Fish Weir, Braunton (Monument)
MDV66202Related to: Hart Weir, Braunton (Monument)
MDV102757Related to: Possible Fish Weir off Crow Point in the Taw and Torridge Estuary (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:Jun 1 2010 2:11PM