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HER Number:MDV13846
Name:Tiverton Castle Keep


Tiverton Castle Keep or Medieval tower shown as a square building in the south-west corner of the castle


Grid Reference:SS 954 129
Map Sheet:SS91SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTiverton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTIVERTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 36436
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS91SE/29/2
  • Old Listed Building Ref: 485328
  • Old SAM County Ref: 235
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS91SE1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • KEEP (XI to XV - 1001 AD to 1500 AD (Between))

Full description

Ministry of Works, Tiverton Castle (Schedule Document). SDV345505.

Dunsford, M., 1790, Untitled Source (Monograph). SDV345501.

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, First Edition 1:500 Town Map (Cartographic). SDV338879.

'Keep' shown in the south-west corner of Tiverton Castle.

Anon, 1927, Proceedings of Congress of British Archaeological Association in Exeter, 97-8 (Article in Serial). SDV345509.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951 - 1978, SS91SE1 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV345510.

Castle Keep, or tower, in the south-west angle. There is some confusion over the original use of this part of the castle. Dunsford in 1790 said that a square tower used as a chapel stood at southwest of the building.

Department of Environment, 1972, Tiverton, 16 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV52494.

Higham, R. A., 1979, The Castles of Medieval Devon, 157-60 (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV336189.

Remains of a ruined square keep. A first-floor tower-like structure with windows of circa 1300. Some details similar to Okehampton Castle.

Department of Environment, 1994, Tiverton Castle (Correspondence). SDV345508.

Modified extent of the Scheduled Monument. Only the uninhabited parts of the building are covered.

Higbee, L. + Collings, A. G., 2000, Archaeological Recording at Tiverton High School and East Devon College Campuses, Tiverton, 2-4 (Report - Assessment). SDV323421.

National Monuments Record, 2010, 36436 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV345518.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

The ruinous south wall of the south range is 14th century, variously interpreted as a domestic range or a chapel over services, and the solar tower at the south-west corner.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323421Report - Assessment: Higbee, L. + Collings, A. G.. 2000. Archaeological Recording at Tiverton High School and East Devon College Campuses, Tiverton. Exeter Archaeology Report. 00.57. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2-4.
SDV336189Post-Graduate Thesis: Higham, R. A.. 1979. The Castles of Medieval Devon. University of Exeter Thesis. Unknown. 157-60.
SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital).
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #81059 ]
SDV345501Monograph: Dunsford, M.. 1790. Historical Memoirs of the Town and Parish of Tiverton. Unknown.
SDV345505Schedule Document: Ministry of Works. Tiverton Castle. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV345508Correspondence: Department of Environment. 1994. Tiverton Castle. Letter.
SDV345509Article in Serial: Anon. 1927. Proceedings of Congress of British Archaeological Association in Exeter. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 33. Unknown. 97-8.
SDV345510Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951 - 1978. SS91SE1. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV345518National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 36436. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV52494List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1972. Tiverton. Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 16.

Associated Monuments

MDV1379Part of: Tiverton Castle (Building)
MDV13845Related to: Tiverton Castle Chapel (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 5 2018 9:39AM