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HER Number:MDV10034
Name:Exminster Monastery


Possible site of Saxon Exminster Monastery founded in C8


Grid Reference:SX 944 878
Map Sheet:SX98NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishExminster
Ecclesiastical ParishEXMINSTER

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX98NW/24

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINSTER (VIII to Late Medieval - 701 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Pengelly, W., 1875, Memoranda, Part 1., 199 (Article in Serial). SDV310207.

Exminster monastery. The vicarage stands on the site of Exminster Monastery. A Gothic arch stood in the garden in the 1860's, but was removed before 1875. Some of the old masonry can still be traced in the walls. An old building at the rear of the vicarage is believed to have been the monastic granary.

Hoskins, W. G., 1950, Untitled Source, 301 (Monograph). SDV310209.

One of two minsters in Devon, the other being Axminster. Probably a Collegiate Church founded shortly after the setting up of a Diocese at Sherborne in 705.

Ordnance Survey, 1953, SX98NW6 (Site Visit). SDV310210.

There are no remains of the Saxon monastery which is alleged to have been visited by St Boniface.

Hoskins, W. G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon, 395 (Monograph). SDV17562.

Exeter Archaeology, 2004, Archaeological Assessment of Land adjacent to The Manor, Exminster, 4 (Report - Assessment). SDV81579.

The precise location of the Gothic arch mentioned by Pengelly is unknown & the building to the rear of the vicarage may have been the Priest House. It is unlikely to have been directly associated with any pre-conquest monastery but as 'Glebe Land' it may have been associated with other buildings belonging to the church.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV17562Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1954. A New Survey of England: Devon. A New Survey of England: Devon. A5 Hardback. 395.
SDV310207Article in Serial: Pengelly, W.. 1875. Memoranda, Part 1.. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 199. 199.
SDV310209Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1950. Devonshire Studies. 301.
SDV310210Site Visit: Ordnance Survey. 1953. SX98NW6. SX98NW6.
SDV81579Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2004. Archaeological Assessment of Land adjacent to The Manor, Exminster. Exeter Archaeology Report. 04.37. A4 Stapled + Digital. 4.

Associated Monuments

MDV40512Parent of: WALL in the Parish of Exminster (Building)
MDV10033Related to: PRIESTS HOUSE in the Parish of Exminster (Building)
MDV40511Related to: The Manor (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 5 2006 1:50PM