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HER Number:MDV72257
Name:Sharp Pits Cottage, Sidmouth


Site of 'Sharp Pits Cottage' shown on 19th century maps.


Grid Reference:SY 111 906
Map Sheet:SY19SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSidmouth
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishHARPFORD
Ecclesiastical ParishSIDMOUTH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Multi-period archaeological features, including possible prehistoric barrows and medieval beacon remains on Beacon Hill

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COTTAGE NON SPECIFIC (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

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

Site of 'Sharp Pits Cottage' shown on OS 25" (1880s & 1906) maps as a small rectangular building on the south side of the track with a small rectangular building to the west & a well to the east. Other details: Also on OS 25" (1906) map.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003, East Devon Heathlands Archaeological Survey, 21, Part 1; 146, Part 2: Gazetteer, Site No. 406 (Report - Survey). SDV101648.

The cottage is shown on the Harpford Tithe map of 1839 within a plot called Sharp Pit on the Apportionment. The name implies the existence of a pit & there are several marl pits in the area. The site lies just to the south of the survey area.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 2294 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

'Sharp Pits Cottage' shown and marked on Ordnance Survey 1891 map (with well to east) and shown on Tithe Map.
Harpford Tithe Map 1839; OS 1891 1:10560 map (sheet 82SW).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV101648Report - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003. East Devon Heathlands Archaeological Survey. Exeter Archaeology Report. 03.26. A4 Unbound + Digital. 21, Part 1; 146, Part 2: Gazetteer, Site No. 406.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #99853 ]
SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. Site No. 2294.
SDV848Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey. 25".

Associated Monuments

MDV72259Related to: Marl Pit, Sidmouth (Monument)
MDV72258Related to: QUARRY in the Parish of Sidmouth (Monument)
MDV72267Related to: Well, Sidmouth (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV3397 - East Devon heathlands archaeological survey

Date Last Edited:May 10 2018 5:46PM