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Cattle Shelter and Fold Yard Walls 630 Metres North East of the Great Sluice

A Grade II Listed Building in Braunton, Devon

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Latitude: 51.0914 / 51°5'29"N

Longitude: -4.1699 / 4°10'11"W

OS Eastings: 248138

OS Northings: 134694

OS Grid: SS481346

Mapcode National: GBR KL.CFH1

Mapcode Global: FRA 2647.K9L

Plus Code: 9C3Q3RRJ+H2

Entry Name: Cattle Shelter and Fold Yard Walls 630 Metres North East of the Great Sluice

Listing Date: 14 November 1985

Last Amended: 14 November 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1107115

English Heritage Legacy ID: 98293

Location: Braunton, North Devon, Devon, EX33

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Braunton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Braunton St Brannock

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Tagged with: Cowshed

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This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 16/07/2015

SS 43 SE

Cattle Shelter and Fold Yard walls 630 metres north-east of The Great Sluice

(Formerly listed as Cattle Shelter and Fold Yard walls 62 metres north-east of The Great Sluice)


Cattle shelter and fold yard walls. Circa mid C19. Stone rubble with brick dressings and slate roof with gabled ends. East front has 2 wide openings, one with segmental red brick arch, the other with wooden lintel. Small rectangular fold yard in front with stone rubble walls and gateway on north side with blue engineering brick piers. This cattle shelter (locally known as linhays) is one of many on Braunton Marsh and served as a shelter and probably a fodder store for cattle on the marsh. Braunton Marsh was probably reclaimed in the Middle Ages from tidal waters of the River Taw, but from 1811-15 the marsh was more extensively drained after authorization by Act of Parliament (1811) as a result of the endeavours of the Lords of the Manors of Braunton Gorges, Braunton Abbotts, Braunton Arundel and Saunton and others who had grazing rights on the marshes. They sought to enclose Braunton Marsh which was regularly flooded by tidal water. 949 acres were reclaimed. John Pascoe was the surveyor and James Green (County Surveyor) the engineer. The adjacent Horsey Island to the south east was reclaimed between 1852-1857. Historically these late enclosures are particularly interesting in Braunton where the Great Field immediately north of the marsh is one of only 3 open field systems to survive in England. Although today (1984) there are only 5 farmers on the Great Field their holdings are still widely dispersed over the field as they were in the Middle Ages when there were about 100 farmers.

Reference : A H Slee Trans.Devonshire Assoc. (1969) Vol.l00, pp.101-110.
W G Hoskins and H P R Finberg, Devonshire Studies pp.265-271 and p.332.

Listing NGR: SS4813834694

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