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HER Number:MDV12390
Name:Manor House at Great Torrington


Site of the moated manor house at Great Torrington mentioned in Domesday


Grid Reference:SS 495 192
Map Sheet:SS41NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGreat Torrington
Ecclesiastical ParishGREAT TORRINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS41NE/35

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Colby, F. T., 1875, Untitled Source, 91-2 (Article in Serial). SDV338069.

The manor house at Great Torrington had a moat, and was in use in the time of Henry VII. Traces of the moat are fast disappearing.

Alexander, J. J., 1941, Early Barons of Torrington and Barnstaple, 156-64 (Article in Serial). SDV74013.

The manor of Great Torrington was the nucleus of the barony of Torrington. The manor of Toritone was held by Brihtric, a thegn of the Wessex royal family at the Norman Conquest. Matilda held it at the time of Domesday. Descents and history given.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SS41NE15 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV338070.

The present vicarage was built on site of the old manor house. Strong traces of the moat to the north were destroyed during construction. South of vicarage an east-west depression may still be seen. When visited on 27th November 1978 no traces of the moat or manor remained.

Exeter Archaeology, 2004, Archaeological assessment of land adjacent to Dartington Crystal, Great Torrington, 4 (Report - Assessment). SDV338048.

The moated manor house at Great Torrington stood on the site of the present vicarage. Other details: Site 3.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV338048Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2004. Archaeological assessment of land adjacent to Dartington Crystal, Great Torrington. Exeter Archaeology Report. 04.34. A4 Stapled + Digital. 4.
SDV338069Article in Serial: Colby, F. T.. 1875. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 7. A5 Hardback. 91-2.
SDV338070Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SS41NE15. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV74013Article in Serial: Alexander, J. J.. 1941. Early Barons of Torrington and Barnstaple. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 73. A5 Hardback. 156-64.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4195 - Land Adjacent to Dartington Crystal, Great Torrington

Date Last Edited:Feb 16 2010 12:00AM