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HER Number:MDV71216
Name:Bow Tannery


Site of 18C Bow Tannery with a pond & leat


Grid Reference:SS 733 015
Map Sheet:SS70SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBow
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBOW

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TANNERY (XVI to XXI - 1501 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880s, Ordnance Survey (Cartographic). SDV848.

Site of 'Bow Tannery' shown on OS 25" (1880s) map as a large group of buildings extending south from the road at SS73260161 to the stream at SS73320150. A large pond to the east at SS73400154 is shown with a leat entering from the east & another running west from the pond to the tannery. Another large pond is shown at SS73580149 with associated leats.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 36 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Other details: 134.

Carbonell, B. M. H. + Wauton, M., 2002, Untitled Source, 23-24 (Pamphlet). SDV321149.

Until 1887 the tannery at Halse was a thriving industry which had 15 cottages to house the employees. A lease of 1547 mentions a close of land on the east side of the village of 'Nymetburgh' with a suitable place to dry 'corruim' (hides). The position of this close corresponds to Halse & suggests a tannery was in existence then.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 236 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Bow Tanyard is mentioned in a newspaper article of 1787.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 36.
SDV321149Pamphlet: Carbonell, B. M. H. + Wauton, M.. 2002. Thirteen Centuries in Bow alias Nymet Tracey with Broadnymet. Leaflet. 23-24.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 236.
SDV848Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey. 25".

Associated Monuments

MDV71217Related to: Bow, East Halse Cottages (Monument)
MDV71218Related to: Bow, Halse Cottages (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 4 2006 9:19PM