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HER Number:MDV12523
Name:Raleigh Mansion, Barnstaple


Site of a medieval mansion at Raleigh recorded on 1880s-1890s 25inch Ordnance Survey map. Excavations in 2005 revealed a site which may have been a walled garden associated with the mansion.


Grid Reference:SS 564 346
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPILTON
Ecclesiastical ParishWEST PILTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/195

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANSION HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Risden, T., 1811, Choreographical Description of Devon, 1580-1640, 329 (Monograph). SDV660.

Lysons, D. + Lysons, S., 1822, Magna Britannica, 388-9 (Monograph). SDV323771.

Ralegh was the site of a Medieval Mansion. Ralegh was the original seat of a family of that name. After eight descents it was bought to the Chichesters and thence by sale to the Champneys and Hooper. Lately occupied as a woollen manufactory. There was a former Chantry Chapel founded by the Chichesters. Little Ralegh belongs to G A Barbor.

Oliver, 1842, Ecclesiastical Antiquities in Devon, 37 (Monograph). SDV336342.

Chantry Chapel originated in Pilton Church but by 19th January 1354-1355 it had moved to Ralegh.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Mansion (Site of)' recorded on the 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map with extensive earthworks running east to west to the south. A rectilinear earthwork is shown further south at SS56493463. Exact location and extent of mansion unknown.

Humphreys, C., 2005, Site adjacent to 'Calypso', Roborough Road, Barnstaple: results of an archaeological evaluation & watching brief (Report - Evaluation). SDV337864.

An evaluation and watching brief in 2005 to the north of Roborough Road revealed a site which may have been a walled garden associated with the medieval mansion. Two walls were exposed and medieval pottery sherds were recovered.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SS53SE31 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV337865.

Site visit 14th October 1953. Site under grass and no trace of building remains, but 25 metres to the south is an earth bank and further south are three distinct east-west terraces.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323771Monograph: Lysons, D. + Lysons, S.. 1822. Magna Britannica. Magna Britannica: A Concise Topographical Account of The Several Counties o. 6: Devonshire. Unknown. 388-9.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #80542 ]
SDV336342Monograph: Oliver. 1842. Ecclesiastical Antiquities in Devon. Ecclesiastical Antiquities in Devon. Unknown. 37.
SDV337864Report - Evaluation: Humphreys, C.. 2005. Site adjacent to 'Calypso', Roborough Road, Barnstaple: results of an archaeological evaluation & watching brief. Southwest Archaeology Report. 051115. A4 stapled + Digital.
SDV337865Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SS53SE31. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV660Monograph: Risden, T.. 1811. Choreographical Description of Devon, 1580-1640. Choreographical Description of Devon, 1580-1640. Unknown. 329.

Associated Monuments

MDV16308Related to: Raleigh Manor, Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV72958Related to: Walled Garden at Raleigh, Barnstaple (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4172 - Roborough Road Evaluation & Watching Brief

Date Last Edited:Oct 3 2013 9:58AM