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Latitude: 51.0899 / 51°5'23"N
Longitude: -4.1758 / 4°10'32"W
OS Eastings: 247718
OS Northings: 134534
OS Grid: SS477345
Mapcode National: GBR KK.CRYV
Mapcode Global: FRA 2647.NZ1
Entry Name: Cattle Shelter 350 Metres North of the Great Sluice
Listing Date: 14 November 1985
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1107116
English Heritage Legacy ID: 98295
Location: Braunton, North Devon, Devon, EX33
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
This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 16/07/2015
SS 43 SE
Cattle Shelter 350 metres north of The Great Sluice
(Formerly listed as Cattle Shelter 35 metres north of The Great Sluice)
Cattle shelter. Circa 1820 to mid C19. Shale rubble. Slate roof with gabled ends. Rectangular on plan with two wide openings on front with segmental brick arches. Short section of wall project from either end of front and probably originally carried roof down to form shelter over front.
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.100, pp.101-110.
W G Hoskins and H P R Finberg, Devonshire Studies pp.265-271 and p.332.
Listing NGR: SS4771834534
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