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Teignmouth Town Wall

In the civil parish of Teignmouth.
In the historic county of Devonshire.
Modern Authority of Devon.
1974 county of Devon.
Medieval County of Devon.

OS Map Grid Reference: SX94377303
Latitude 50.54749° Longitude -3.49222°

Teignmouth Town Wall has been described as a probable Urban Defence.

There are no visible remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.


A length of embattled wall, close to the shore at Teignmouth, is mentioned by Leland. It must have stood in the neighbourhood of Saint Michael's Church. (PastScape)

Leland, writing in the sixteenth century, in his Itinerary gives what we may regard as an account of Teignmouth in the time of the later Tudor sovereigns. He mentions by their present names the Ness and the Pole Sand; and speaks of East Teignmouth as taken to be the elder of the two towns, and as possessing a market and a church dedicated to St. Michael, and also a piece of embattled wall against the shore. On the west side of this town is, he says, a piece of sandy ground called the Deane or Dene, " whereon have been not many years since divers houses and wine cellars." In West Teignmouth he only mentions the church of St. James. The piece of embattled wall he speaks of must, I conceive, have been in the neighbourhood of St. Michael's Church, near which the market and the fair were held and the market cross stood. A small battery existed at one time on the Den in another direction, and not far from the site of the present one, but this was not erected till after 1774, and was known as the Fort. The wine cellars must, I apprehend, have been cellars for the storage of wine for purposes of trade situated not far from the place of the market and fair, but they seem to have disappeared before Leland's time. (Lake 1904)

It is not entirely certain the embattled wall was a town defence and Leland may have just been referring to an enclosure around a fortified warehouse or a grandiose sea wall. Given map reference for St Michael's Church.
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