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HER Number:MDV68118
Name:Post Medieval Pit at Central Garage, Barnstaple


Excavations on the site of the Central Garage between Boutport Street and Green Lane revealed two irregularly shaped pits cut into the upper fill of the town ditch. These are interpreted as a channel for liquids involved in some sort of industrial processing.


Grid Reference:SS 558 334
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/644/2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PIT (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1973, SS5433-5533 (Cartographic). SDV77308.

Garages marked adjacent to the Bus Depot between Green Lane and Boutport Street.

Lee, E., 1991, Barnstaple Archaeological Reports (Report - non-specific). SDV79099.

Excavation at Central Garage revealed several phases of use and occupation.
Phase III. The features of this phase contained pottery suggestive of a 16th century date. Two irregularly shaped pits were cut into the west side of the upper fill of the north south ditch and were interpreted as a channel for liquids involved in some sort of processing. The impression given by this phase is one of solely industrial use rather than the combined domestic and industrial development of Joy Street at this date.

Google, 2013, Google Streetview (Website). SDV350787.

The site is now under a multi-storey carpark.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV350787Website: Google. 2013. Google Streetview. http://maps.google.co.uk. Website.
SDV77308Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1973. SS5433-5533. 1:2500 Ordnance Survey Map. Map (Paper).
SDV79099Report - non-specific: Lee, E.. 1991. Barnstaple Archaeological Reports. North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. [Mapped feature: #44181 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV68120Related to: Building at Central Garage, Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV68117Related to: Medieval Ditch at Central Garage, Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV55137Related to: Post Medieval Leather Working Site to west of Boutport Street, Barnstaple (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV1380 - POT (XV to XVI - 1500 AD to 1599 AD)

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 18 2015 8:19AM