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HER Number:MDV66204
Name:Upper Weir, Crow Point, Braunton

Summary

One of 4 fish weirs near Crow Point which were recorded as a hazard to shipping in the 19th century. A weir at a location in this vicinity was surveyed in 2001.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 466 316
Map Sheet:SS43SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43SE/292

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FISH WEIR (Unknown date)

Full description

Humphreys, C. + Mandry, A., 2001, Fish Traps Project (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. A measured survey at Crow Point was undertaken by members of North Devon Archaeological Society.


Preece, C., 2005, A Conflict of Interests: the Fish Traps of the Taw and Torridge Estuaries, 147-9 (Article in Serial). SDV342251.

May also have been known as 'New Weir'. Referred to in a legal letter of 1847 as a navigational hazard. A survey of a weir circa 200 metres from Crow Point lighthouse, in 2001, corresponds approximately with the location of Upper weir, but the apparent 'wings' of the surveyed weir are pointing downstream, in contrast to the documented weir. It is possible that the southern wing of the surveyed weir is the southern wing of upper weir as it is on a similar alignment. The other wing may represent another weir or a rebuild. 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 1365.

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.
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. 147-9.

Associated Monuments

MDV66203Related to: Bellamy's Weir, Braunton (Monument)
MDV66201Related to: Crow Fish Weir, Braunton (Monument)
MDV66202Related to: Hart Weir, 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