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HER Number:MDV13860
Name:Deerpark at Hartland Abbey


Hartland Abbey has had a deer park since the medieval period.


Grid Reference:SS 240 249
Map Sheet:SS22SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS22SW/12/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DEER PARK (Early Medieval to XXI - 1066 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Shirley, E. P., 1867, Some Account of English Deerparks, 90 (Monograph). SDV314505.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978 - 2002, SS22SW2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV7414.

Whitaker, J., 1982, Untitled Source, 49 (Monograph). SDV7428.

Gallant, L., 1986, Deer Parks and Paddocks of England (Un-published). SDV656.

Devon Gardens Trust, 1999, Devon Local Register, 57 (Un-published). SDV170167.

Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 590 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Deer park of Hartland Abbey. In 1882 this covered 55 acres with 80 deer. Before the reformation the Abbot of Hartland had two deer parks.

Hobbs, S., 2007, Various Sites around Hartland (Correspondence). SDV351130.

Care needs to be taken with this reference as it is imprecise. Certainly the Stucley/Buck family were interested in hunting and adapted much of their estate to facilitate the sport [hunting gates inserted in many hedges etc]. It can be considered that the western portion of the west lawn of Hartland Abbey was used as a ‘decorative’ deer fold but it did not extend to the 55 acres inferred by Shirley E.P. 1867. I would suggest that an element of confusion has arisen here whereby the two deerparks that formed the Dynham estate, pre 1501, have been erroneously included, as these did extend to c.80 acres on the 1846 Tithe Map although the number of deer at 55 is unexplainable.

English Heritage, 2009, PastScape (Website). SDV342936.

The Abbot of Hartland had two deer parks. In 1882 the park at Hartland Abbey covered 55 acres with 80 deer. Other details: NMR No. SS22SW2. PastScape Monument No. 32375.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Map object arbitrary based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV170167Un-published: Devon Gardens Trust. 1999. Devon Local Register. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. A4 Stapled + Digital. 57.
SDV314505Monograph: Shirley, E. P.. 1867. Some Account of English Deerparks. Some Account of English Deerparks. Unknown. 90.
SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 590.
SDV342936Website: English Heritage. 2009. PastScape. http://pastscape.english-heritage.org.uk. Website.
SDV351130Correspondence: Hobbs, S.. 2007. Various Sites around Hartland. Letter to Historic Environment Record. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV656Un-published: Gallant, L.. 1986. Deer Parks and Paddocks of England. Deer Parks and Paddocks of England. Manuscript.
SDV7414Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978 - 2002. SS22SW2. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV7428Monograph: Whitaker, J.. 1982. A Descriptive List of the Deer Parks and Paddocks of England. Unknown. 49.

Associated Monuments

MDV76Related to: Hartland Abbey (Monument)
MDV90Related to: Hartland Abbey House (Building)
MDV12414Related to: Hindeharton Deerparks, Hartland (Monument)
MDV81261Related to: Hunting Lodge, Hartland (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 2:07PM