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HER Number:MDV12152
Name:South Molton Minster


Possible Celtic monastic ste.


Grid Reference:SS 713 259
Map Sheet:SS72NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSouth Molton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH MOLTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS72NW/17

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINSTER (Post Roman to Late Medieval - 410 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SS72NW2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV78365.

Alleged Celtic monastic site at South Molton. Extensive search of available literature failed to find any references. It is possible that confusion has arisen over a college referred to by Tanner and listed by Knowles and Hadcock under "other secular establishments" .

Arnold, T., 1885, Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland, 38-66 (Article in Serial). SDV78367.

Existence of Celtic monastery known from 8th century Northumbrian Annals incorporated into the Historia Regum of Symeon of Durham. Other details: Cited by Stenton, 1971.

Reichel, O. J., 1906, Translation of the Devonshire Domesday, 435 (Article in Serial). SDV337899.

Domesday book (folio 194b, Exon) records the presence of 4 priests at South Molton.

Carbonell, B. M. H., 1931, The Nymet area, 297-299 (Article in Serial). SDV44635.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 348, 375 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Ordnance Survey, 1966, Untitled Source, 33 (Cartographic). SDV78370.

An area of sanctuary near South Molton, or of a heathen holy place, suggested by place name 'nimet' from the same annals. Applied to the River Crooked Oak in Bishop Nympton parish (SS7623) and 'nimed' applied to the River Yeo in Zeal Monachorum. These names imply a church on an earlier heathen sanctuary. They represent several streams lying within two separate areas defined by Carbonell, which she suggests were 'sanctuary land in pagan times'. Other details: Citing Stenton, EPNS and Carbonell.

Stenton, F. M., 1971, Untitled Source, 693 (Monograph). SDV78366.

Lord, J. + Weaver, S., 2007, Archaeological Desk Based Assessment: South Street Garage, South Molton, Devon, 9 (Report - Assessment). SDV352209.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 348, 375.
SDV337899Article in Serial: Reichel, O. J.. 1906. Translation of the Devonshire Domesday. Victoria History of the County of Devon. 1. A4 Hardback. 435.
SDV352209Report - Assessment: Lord, J. + Weaver, S.. 2007. Archaeological Desk Based Assessment: South Street Garage, South Molton, Devon. CgMs Consulting Report. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 9.
SDV44635Article in Serial: Carbonell, B. M. H.. 1931. The Nymet area. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 63. A5 Hardback. 297-299.
SDV78365Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SS72NW2.
SDV78366Monograph: Stenton, F. M.. 1971. Anglo Saxon England. 693.
SDV78367Article in Serial: Arnold, T.. 1885. Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland. Rolls Series. 2. 38-66.
SDV78370Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1966. Britain in the Dark Ages: 410 AD to 870 AD. 33.

Associated Monuments

MDV758Related to: South Molton, St. Mary Magdalene (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 5 2015 1:55PM