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HER Number:MDV74657
Name:Weare Gifford Fishery


A fishery is recorded at Weare Gifford in Domesday Book and documentary references testify to the continuity of fishing into the modern period.


Grid Reference:SS 474 212
Map Sheet:SS42SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishFrithelstock
Civil ParishGreat Torrington
Civil ParishWeare Giffard
Ecclesiastical ParishFRITHELSTOCK
Ecclesiastical ParishGREAT TORRINGTON
Ecclesiastical ParishWEARE GIFFARD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Weare Giffard mill leat, marked on nineteenth century mapping, east of Weare Giffard Barton

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FISHERY (XI to XIX - 1001 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 23 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

In 1771 a salmon fishery occupied the mill leat. Other details: No 43.

Preece, C., 2005, A Conflict of Interests: the Fish Traps of the Taw and Torridge Estuaries, 163 (Article in Serial). SDV342251.

A fishery is recorded here in the Domesday Book and later documents testify to the continuity of fishing in the locality. Deeds between 1578 and 1738, for example, refer to Weare Mill and Fishery. In 1819 there is a contract for Weare Gifford fishery and in 1870 it was reported in the Bideford Weekly Gazette that a fishing hutch at Weare Gifford was considered to be a 'priveleged fixed engine'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 23.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #101884 ]
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. 163.

Associated Monuments

MDV34953Related to: The Old Corn Mill, Weare Giffard (Monument)
MDV65506Related to: Weare Giffard Mill Leat (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4719 - Research and Survey of Fish Weirs on the Rivers Taw and Torridge

Date Last Edited:Jun 6 2018 4:19PM