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HER Number:MDV9883
Name:Former Medieval Salterns, Teignmouth


The medieval salt works were said to have been in the area of The Strand, but were demolished in the late 16th or early 17th century and no traces remain.


Grid Reference:SX 939 725
Map Sheet:SX97SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTeignmouth
Ecclesiastical ParishEAST TEIGNMOUTH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 447741
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX97SW/35

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SALT WORKS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Hole, W., 1759, DRO/19192/1 (Record Office Collection). SDV311558.

'Boundary of old saltworks' and 'Pavement where salt-pan was' marked on an estate survey of 1759.

Lake, W. C., 1874, Sketch of the History of Teignmouth, 373 (Article in Serial). SDV302882.

Site of medieval saltworks. The inhabitants of Teignmouth's chief industry is fishing and the salt for curing was made in the strand. The saltworks were demolished about 1602 though their remains were visible for many years after.

Davidson, J. B., 1881, The Early History of Dawlish, 113-4,130 (Article in Serial). SDV298750.

The salterns formed part of the boundary of the seven manses of land at Dawlish granted to Leofric, later Bishop of Exeter, by Edward the Confessor in a charter of 1044. Still in the hands of his successor Osbern, at the time of Domesday. A portion of the land, including the salterns, was later appropiated by Ralph de Pomerei.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951-1955, SX97SW16 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV350532.

Site visit on 25th June 1953. The Strand is a modern road flanked by houses and hotels. No remains of the saltworks are visible and no further information obtained regarding their history.

Donn, B., 1965, A Map of the County of Devon, 1765 (Reprint) (Monograph). SDV336413.

Timms, S. C., 1976, The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft, 185 (Report - Survey). SDV341346.

Anderson, A., 1983, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV350535.

Donn's map (1765) shows 'Ruins of a fort' at circa SX940723.

Griffith, F. M., 1992, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV350536.

The 'ruins of a fort' marked on Donn's map may possibly be the earthworks of the saltpans.

Pink, F., 2014-2015, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment (Interpretation). SDV357736.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV298750Article in Serial: Davidson, J. B.. 1881. The Early History of Dawlish. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 13. 113-4,130.
SDV302882Article in Serial: Lake, W. C.. 1874. Sketch of the History of Teignmouth. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 6 Part 2. Digital. 373.
SDV311558Record Office Collection: Hole, W.. 1759. DRO/19192/1. Devon Record Office Collection.
SDV336413Monograph: Donn, B.. 1965. A Map of the County of Devon, 1765 (Reprint). A Map of the County of Devon, 1765 (Reprint). Hardback Volume.
SDV341346Report - Survey: Timms, S. C.. 1976. The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 185.
SDV350532Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951-1955. SX97SW16. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV350535Personal Comment: Anderson, A.. 1983.
SDV350536Personal Comment: Griffith, F. M.. 1992.
SDV357736Interpretation: Pink, F.. 2014-2015. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
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Associated Monuments

MDV108706Part of: Teignmouth (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 17 2015 3:11PM