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HER Number:MDV9068
Name:Bullring, The Plains, Totnes


A granite post marking the site of a former bullring.


Grid Reference:SX 805 603
Map Sheet:SX86SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTotnes
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishTOTNES

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX86SW/24

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BAITING PLACE (XVI to XVII - 1554 AD to 1678 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX86SW14 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV350426.

Visit on 16/08/1951 records a granite block marking the site of a bullring, now disappeared and is presumably buried beneath the macadam surface of The Plains. Mentioned in the receiver's accounts for 1651 regarding the cost of a new post for the ring (Windeatt).

Stainthorpe, T.W., 1900, The Ancient Bullring in Totnes, 106-107 (Article in Serial). SDV350427.

Windeatt, E., 1900, Totnes: Its Mayors and Mayoralities, 1627-1676, 128 (Article in Serial). SDV168934.

Bullring. Oak post fixed vertically in ground. On top a strong wrought- iron ring was fixed. Packed all round with large flat stones. In close proximity was a large number of animal bones. Documentary evidence of use between 1554 and 1678. Found on excavating a trench in the plains near Totnes Bridge for sewerage works.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV168934Article in Serial: Windeatt, E.. 1900. Totnes: Its Mayors and Mayoralities, 1627-1676. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 32. Unknown. 128.
SDV350426Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX86SW14. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. [Mapped feature: #55609 ]
SDV350427Article in Serial: Stainthorpe, T.W.. 1900. The Ancient Bullring in Totnes. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 32. Hardback Volume. 106-107.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 25 2012 11:22AM