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HER Number:MDV10883
Name:Remains of Manor House at Waddeton


Roofless ruins of former manor house, circa 16th century, probably with later additions. Remains of walls, much reduced and now enclosing a rectangular garden.


Grid Reference:SX 874 568
Map Sheet:SX85NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishStoke Gabriel
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSTOKE GABRIEL

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85NE/7
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 100683

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANOR HOUSE (XI to XXI - 1001 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

WATKIN,1932, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV176316.

Remains of manor house at waddeton. Series of carved wooden figures which once surrounded the dining hall, now in torquay natural history society museum. The original door sold when the new house was built, some of the surrounding carved woodwork in possession of colonel r. W. Studdy. Most of the building of the medieval period was removed as unsafe. Modern house was put up on an adjoining site (watkin,1932).

WATKIN,1920-1921, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV176318.

A brief account of descents of ownership of waddeton court between 1425 and 1768 is given. Also the lead cistern which had recently been removed from the house is described in detail.1.75m long x 0.6m wide x 0.5m high it weighs 330kg. The cistern has 22 decorative panels on three sides including depictions of coat of arms. It was probably manufactured in the first half of the 18th century, perhaps sometime after 1729. The cistern may have been used to catch soft rainwater for brewing, or it may have been an actual brewing vat (watkin,1920-1921).

WATKIN,1922-1923, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV176319.

Seventeen small carved wooden figures once adorned the walls of the dining hall. The style is foreign and the figures, it is suggested, represent great characters of history and possibly the seven virtues. The figures are probably 16th century, if not earlier (watkin,1922-1923).

WATKIN, 1922-1923, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV176320.

The carved wooden figures are examined more closely. They are about 450mm high. Evidence for their identification is demonstrated (watkin, 1922-1923).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV176322.

Watkin, h. R. /tda/64(1932)50-55/proceedings at the 71st annual meeting.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV176323.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV176324.

Reichel, o. J. /40(1908)113-4/the hundred of haytor in the time of 'testa de nevil' ad 1244.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV176325.

Hoskins, w. G. /devon/40(1908)481.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV176326.

Watkin, h. R. /dcnq/11,pt.1(1920-1921)241-246,pls/ancient leaden cistern from waddeton court.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV176327.

Watkin, h. R. /dcnq/12(1922-1923)18-21,pls/waddeton court: carved wooden figures.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV176328.

Watkin, h. Pr. /dcnq/12(1922-1923)120-127/waddeton court: carved wooden figures.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV176329.

Doe/hhr:stoke gabriel/(21/5/1985)63.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242.

The site of a medieval farmstead which, in domesday, formed part of the bishop's manor of peintona. Some details of ownership and tenancies in 1086 and 1244 are given, and of subsequent early descents (reichel).

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV326810.

Roofless ruins of former manor house. Circa c16, probably with later additions. Stone rubble with sandstone dressings. Remains of walls, much reduced and now enclosing a rectangular garden. Two arched doorways and sandstone jambs of another doorway. What is now a freestanding structure to the west of the walled enclosure, has a sandstone two-centred arch doorway with roll-moulding in a chamfered square frame (doe).

Gray, A., 2009, Devon Rural Archive. A New Research Resource, 33 (Article in Serial). SDV347400.

Remains of 12th century double courtyard mansion.

Clark, J., 2013, Waddeton Court (Un-published). SDV358452.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV176316Migrated Record: WATKIN,1932.
SDV176318Migrated Record: WATKIN,1920-1921.
SDV176319Migrated Record: WATKIN,1922-1923.
SDV176320Migrated Record: WATKIN, 1922-1923.
SDV176322Migrated Record:
SDV176323Migrated Record:
SDV176324Migrated Record:
SDV176325Migrated Record:
SDV176326Migrated Record:
SDV176327Migrated Record:
SDV176328Migrated Record:
SDV176329Migrated Record:
SDV242Migrated Record:
SDV326810Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV347400Article in Serial: Gray, A.. 2009. Devon Rural Archive. A New Research Resource. The Devon Gardens Trust Journal. 2. A4 Stapled. 33.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #68173 ]
SDV358452Un-published: Clark, J.. 2013. Waddeton Court. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV112394Part of: Waddeton Court Park and Gardens (Park/Garden)
MDV39408Related to: Chapel north of Waddeton Court (Building)
MDV39284Related to: Gate and Gate Piers at Waddeton Court (Building)
MDV39285Related to: Waddeton Court (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 2 2015 11:13AM