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HER Number:MDV114078
Name:Graveyard, St. Mary's Church, Throwleigh


Graveyard is likely to date to at least the 15th century, when the church was rebuilt, but may be earlier. Depicted on the Tithe Map, no changes apparent with the modern representations of the church. Watching brief for a cable trench in 2014 uncovered unmarked graves and some human remains and medieval floor tiles.


Grid Reference:SX 667 907
Map Sheet:SX69SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishThrowleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTHROWLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CEMETERY (XIV to XV - 1400 AD to 1499 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Church yard is depicted on the Tithe Map. Thought to date to at least the 15th century; when the church was altered, but may have been established earlier, as the church has possible 13/14th century origins.

Crabb, A., 2014, Church of St Mary the Virgin, Throwleigh (Report - Watching Brief). SDV359373.

The excavation of the cable trench revealed the top sections of three unmarked backfilled graves. An area of disturbance outside the west door to the church was noted. This area had been disturbed by the shallow cuts for two paths and the insertion of a land drain and revealed some finds; a small assemblage of disarticulated human bone (12 fragments) was recovered, along with six fragments of floor tile (probably medieval), plaster render and charcoal fragments.
The finds (including unmarked graves and disarticulated bone assemblage) indicate the complex pattern of use in the graveyard, indicating multiple phases of burial and re-use of the ground, probably due to the pressure on the space available for burial.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Area of the graveyard matches that depicted on the Tithe Map.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #73410 ]
SDV359373Report - Watching Brief: Crabb, A.. 2014. Church of St Mary the Virgin, Throwleigh. Dartmoor National Park Authority. A4 Stapled + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV94221Parent of: Chest Tomb in St. Marys Churchyard, Throwleigh (Monument)
MDV94224Parent of: Chest Tomb in St. Marys Churchyard, Throwleigh (Monument)
MDV94225Parent of: Coombe Headstone in St. Marys Churchyard, Throwleigh (Monument)
MDV94226Parent of: Garret Headstone in St. Marys Churchyard, Throwleigh (Monument)
MDV94220Parent of: Harvey Headstone in Throwleigh Churchyard (Monument)
MDV93570Parent of: Initialled Headstone in St. Marys Churchyard, Throwleigh (Monument)
MDV94223Parent of: James Headstone in St. Marys Churchyard, Throwleigh (Monument)
MDV94218Parent of: Knapman Headstone in St. Mary's Churchyard, Throwleigh (Monument)
MDV94222Parent of: Risso Headstone in St. Marys Churchyard, Throwleigh (Monument)
MDV94219Parent of: Stennway Headstone in Throwleigh Churchyard (Monument)
MDV33272Related to: Church House, Throwleigh (Building)
MDV6974Related to: Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Throwleigh (Building)
MDV93569Related to: Cross Shaft in Throwleigh Churchyard (Monument)
MDV114823Related to: Little Phantasy, Throwleigh (Building)
MDV6976Related to: Throwleigh War memorial, St Mary's Churchyard (Monument)
MDV114821Related to: Two cottages near the church, Throwleigh (Building)

Associated Finds

  • FDV6098 - FLOOR TILE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FDV6097 - HUMAN REMAINS (XV to XIX - 1401 AD to 1889 AD)

Associated Events

  • EDV6908 - Watching brief in churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, Throwleigh

Date Last Edited:Jun 3 2019 10:36AM