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Court Farm

Hob Uid: 33845
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Bishop's Tawton
Grid Ref : SS5659030070
Summary : Farmhouse poss rems of Episcopal Palace
More information : Court Farm - remains of EPISCOPAL PALACE [G.T.] (1)

[SS 56593007] "Farmhouse N [?S] of the church said to have been
a residence of the Bishops of Exeter. It incorporates late medieval
parts, but was castillated and, it seems, generally tidied up
c.1800. (2)

The Manor of BISHOP'S TAWTON was the original Bishop's See which
the second bishop removed to Crediton. The bishops had a palace
here many centuries after the see was removed. Some ruins of it are
still to be seen

In the churchyard are the ruins of an ancient building, called the
DEANERY, belonging to the Dean of Exeter. (3)

"Rejecting the assertion of HOKER, that the Bishops of Devonshire
had ever fixed their see at Bishop's Tawton as entirely void of
historic authority"...the manor formed part of the endowment of the
See first established at Crediton in 910. "Some small remains of
their ancient palace are still visible on the south side of the
parish cemetery". In it was a chapel mentioned 25 Nov 1321. (4)

The farmhouse, which is in a good state of preservation and is
still occupied, has roughly built walls of stone. Two square
towers in the south and one in the NW with the upper approx 1.0m in
brick appear otherwise to be original and show traces of sandstone
quoining. The steeply pitched roof has modern slates and the
majority of windows are of sash type. One window in the south wall
is of ecclesiastical type in probably modern ashlar work.
The masonry of the attached outbuildings is similar to that of the
house.
No trace of a ruined building was found in the churchyard. The
parish has no resident rector.

Now known as 'Court Farm' and owned and occupied by E. WALDRON.
The majority of the building is believed to be the remains of the
EPISCOPAL. PALACE. (5)

Court Farm. The farmhouse is as described. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : O.S 6" 1905
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Source Number : 2
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Pevsner "Buildings of England" No 4 (1952) 55
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Lysons 'Devonshire' (1822) 479 480
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Oliver "Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Devon 3 (1842) 13-14
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JR 16-OCT-53
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Source Number : 5a
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Oral E Waldron 16.10.53. Owner Occupier
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Source Number : 6
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 MJF 20-OCT-89
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Source : Field report on SS 53 SE 2 - 20-OCT-1989
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Farmhouse, Palace
Evidence :
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Farmhouse
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Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SS 53 SE 198
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 53 SE 2
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 53 SE 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1953-10-16
End Date : 1953-10-16
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: OS SWEEPS
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1983-01-01
End Date : 1994-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION SS 53 SE 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1989-10-20
End Date : 1989-10-20