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HER Number:MDV8969
Name:Teign Valley Branch Railway

Summary

Teign Valley Branch railway opened in 1882 and was linked to Exeter in 1903. The whole line was closed by 1965

Location

Grid Reference:SX 859 856
Map Sheet:SX88NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAshton
Civil ParishBovey Tracey
Civil ParishChristow
Civil ParishChudleigh
Civil ParishDoddiscombsleigh
Civil ParishDunsford
Civil ParishExeter
Civil ParishHennock
Civil ParishHolcombe Burnell
Civil ParishIde
Civil ParishKingsteignton
Civil ParishTrusham
DistrictExeter
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishCHRISTOW
Ecclesiastical ParishCHUDLEIGH
Ecclesiastical ParishASHTON
Ecclesiastical ParishDODDISCOMBSLEIGH
Ecclesiastical ParishDUNSFORD
Ecclesiastical ParishHENNOCK
Ecclesiastical ParishHOLCOMBE BURNELL
Ecclesiastical ParishIDE
Ecclesiastical ParishKINGSTEIGNTON
Ecclesiastical ParishBOVEY TRACEY
Ecclesiastical ParishTRUSHAM
Ecclesiastical ParishALPHINGTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and structural remains of dismantled Teign Valley Branch Railway, marked on nineteenth century mapping
  • SHINE: Earthworks associated with dismantled Teign Valley Branch Railway (AD 1882 - 1965) and former Catch (water)meadow leats, Ide
  • SHINE: Earthworks of dismantled railway and historic parkland, walled garden and traditional farm buildings associated with Perridge House

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87NW/38
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX88NW25
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RAILWAY (XIX to Late 20th Century - 1801 AD to 1967 AD (Between))

Full description

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

The Teign Valley Branch of the London Great Western Railway ran northwest through Bovey Tracey, Hennock and Kingsteignton parishes.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Map object based on this Source.

Minchinton, W. E., 1976, Industrial Archaeology in Devon, 10 (Monograph). SDV7016.

Teign Valley Branch Railway running 24.14 kilometres from Heathfield at SX83407613 via Christow Staion at SX83998654 to the junction with the Great Western Railway at Exeter City basin at SX91829150. The section from Heathfield via Chudleigh Knighton to Christow was opened in 1882 and was linked via Dunsford to Exeter City Basin in 1903. The line was closed in 1958. The track can still be followed and most of the stations are accessible.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX88NW25 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV344139.

The first section of the Teign Valley Railway between Heathfield (on the Moretonhampstead line) and Ashton opened on 9th October 1882. The Exeter Railway was sanctioned in 1883 to finish the route to St Thomas in Exeter but this section was not opened until 1st July 1903. The complete St Thomas to Heathfield run was generally known as the Teign Valley and was worked by the Great Western Railway as one unit. The Exeter to Christow section was closed completely from 9th June 1958 but goods traffic continued between Heathfield and Christow until the track was damaged by floods between Trusham and Ashton in September 1960. The last section of the line was lifted in April 1965, following the end of traffic from Trusham concrete works

Thomas, D. St. J., 1981, A Regional History of Railways of Great Britain, 88-9 (Monograph). SDV168.

Opened 9th October 1882 and closed in 1958. Goods traffic continued between Heathfield and Christow until flood damage in 1960. Now completely closed.

Griffiths, D. M., 1983, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV319721.

As above.

Exeter Archaeology, 1996, Archaeological Assessment of SWW Exeter to Tottiford Transfer: Phase 1, 3 (Report - Assessment). SDV283759.

Reed, S. J. + Turton, S. D., 2001, Archaeological Assessment of Bovey Basin Mineral Site. Part 1 Overview, 7 (Report - Assessment). SDV336226.

Other details: Figure 3, site 2.

Exeter Archaeology, 2002, Archaeological Assessment of Tottiford to Newton Abbot Trunk Main, 10 (Report - Assessment). SDV281233.

The Teign Valley branch railway line was opened as far as Ashton in 1882 and extended to Exeter in 1903 providing an alternative route when the mainline was damaged by heavy seas. The route was closed to passengers in 1958 and to goods in 1967. The trackbed and many of the bridges remain.

Sims, R., 2009, Archaeological Recording at the British Ceramic Tile Factory, Heathfield, Bovey Tracey, 2 (Report - Watching Brief). SDV344094.

The Teign Valley Railway was absorbed into the Great Western Railway in 1923.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV168Monograph: Thomas, D. St. J.. 1981. A Regional History of Railways of Great Britain. A Regional History of Railways of Great Britain. 1. Unknown. 88-9.
SDV281233Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2002. Archaeological Assessment of Tottiford to Newton Abbot Trunk Main. Exeter Archaeology Report. 02.78. A4 Stapled + Digital. 10.
SDV283759Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 1996. Archaeological Assessment of SWW Exeter to Tottiford Transfer: Phase 1. Exeter Archaeology Report. 96.32. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV319721Personal Comment: Griffiths, D. M.. 1983.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336226Report - Assessment: Reed, S. J. + Turton, S. D.. 2001. Archaeological Assessment of Bovey Basin Mineral Site. Part 1 Overview. Exeter Archaeology Report. 01.80. A4 Stapled + Digital. 7.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV344094Report - Watching Brief: Sims, R.. 2009. Archaeological Recording at the British Ceramic Tile Factory, Heathfield, Bovey Tracey. Exeter Archaeology Report. 09.59. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.
SDV344139Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX88NW25. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV7016Monograph: Minchinton, W. E.. 1976. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Paperback Volume. 10.

Associated Monuments

MDV129068Related to: 1-3 Exmouth Cottages, Christow (Building)
MDV9493Related to: Christow Bridge (Monument)
MDV8965Related to: Great Western Potteries and Brick Works, Heathfield (Monument)
MDV52046Related to: Heathfield Railway Station (Monument)
MDV8967Related to: RAILWAY in the Parish of Bovey Tracey (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4581 - Archaeological Recording at British Ceramic Tile Factory, Heathfiled, Bovey Tracey
  • EDV4912 - Archaeological Assessment of Bovey Basin Mineral Site
  • EDV6876 - Watching Brief, Land at Springwell Nursery, Ide, Devon (Ref: ACD485/2/0)

Date Last Edited:Nov 2 2020 11:41AM