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HER Number:MDV875
Name:The Taw Shipyard, Barnstaple

Summary

The Taw Shipyard was Barnstaple's last link with the shipbuilding industry.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 555 330
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAWSTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/33

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SHIPYARD (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Wood, J., 1843, Plan of the Town of Barnstaple from Actual Survey (Cartographic). SDV91852.

Nothing shown on this site on Wood's Town Plan of 1843. Other details: In DRO.


Ordnance Survey, 1930 - 1939, Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV336668.

Old Slipways marked on 1930s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map. Map object based on this source.


Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Works and slipways visible on Royal Air Force aerial photograph. Map object based on this source.


Bone, M., 1973, Barnstaple's Industrial Archaeology, 13 (Monograph). SDV78228.

The Taw Shipyard was Barnstaple's last link with the shipbuilding industry. In 1918, ferro-concrete barges were built and launched here. A ship of this construction saved 60% of the steel required in one of more conventional design. Steel ships were built here in the 1920s but the depression caused the shipyard to close and the industry to die out finally. Site now occupied by concrete works.


Brannam, P., 1982, A Family Business - The Story of a Pottery, 36-7 (Monograph). SDV72968.

Clay models of the concrete barges were made by Brannams Pottery. Two barges were made and launched by the British Construction Company, Barnstaple. They were not a success. Other details: Photo.


AHI Heritage Consultants, 2000, Leaderflush and Shapland Site, Barnstaple: Archaeological Assessment (Report - Assessment). SDV78193.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336668Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1930 - 1939. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV72968Monograph: Brannam, P.. 1982. A Family Business - The Story of a Pottery. A Family Business - The Story of a Pottery. A4 Stapled + Digital. 36-7.
SDV78193Report - Assessment: AHI Heritage Consultants. 2000. Leaderflush and Shapland Site, Barnstaple: Archaeological Assessment.
SDV78228Monograph: Bone, M.. 1973. Barnstaple's Industrial Archaeology. Barnstaple's Industrial Archaeology. A5 Paperback. 13.
SDV91852Cartographic: Wood, J.. 1843. Plan of the Town of Barnstaple from Actual Survey. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV19363Related to: Westcott's Shipyard, Barnstaple (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV1343 - Leaderflush and Shapland Site, Barnstaple: Archaeological Assessment

Date Last Edited:Nov 7 2012 11:01AM