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HER Number:MDV71184
Name:Pump and Well west of Market Square, Axminster


Site of well and pump in yard behind buildings front the west side of Market Square.


Grid Reference:SY 296 986
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WELL (XIX to Late 20th Century - 1801 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Pump ('P') marked on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map in yard behind buildings fronting the west side of Market Square. Another pump is marked nearby.

Bell, J. S., 2005, Archaeological Evaluation of Land off Market Square, Axminster, Devon, 2, Figs 3+4 (Report - Evaluation). SDV320724.

Two trenches were excavated by Exeter Archaeology in 2005 prior to development on the west side of Market Square. Trench 1 exposed a stone built well with associated walls housing an iron pump mechanism. These features had been cut into the natural gravels. They were constructed of rough limestone blocks with occasional brick fragments bonded with lime mortar. The well was 0.9 metres diameter with 0.25 metre thick walls. The corroded pump in the centre of the well was connected to an iron shaft projecting 2.5 metres from the well to a vertical handle at the east end. Finds recovered suggest a 20th century date for the abandonment andinfilling of the well. A shallow-footed medern concrete wall overlay the well. Two undated brick walls were exposed at the eastern end of the trench.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV320724Report - Evaluation: Bell, J. S.. 2005. Archaeological Evaluation of Land off Market Square, Axminster, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 05.03. A4 stapled + Digital. 2, Figs 3+4.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #99639 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV63673Related to: Market Square, Axminster (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV856 - Archaeological evaluation of land off Market Square, Axminster

Date Last Edited:Jul 8 2021 2:13PM