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HER Number:MDV13970
Name:Possible Underground Passages, Crediton


Underground passages said to exist beneath Crediton streets, associated with the former Bishop's Palace.


Grid Reference:SS 837 002
Map Sheet:SS80SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishCrediton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCREDITON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS80SW/9/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • UNDERGROUND PASSAGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SS80SW23 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV337891.

Montague, L. A. D., 1934 - 1935, Untitled Source, 264-6 (Article in Serial). SDV337890.

Underground passages large enough for a man to walk upright and about 3 feet wide, without stone walls or vaulting, exist under Crediton streets, and are believed to have connected the cellars of various ancient buildings within the former Bishop's Palace. In 1895 one could be entered from the cellar of The Chantry at No 46 Dean Street, where there is a sculptured stone arch of a blocked doorway. This ran under the east pavement of Dean Street from its north end opposite the parish church towards the site of the Old Deanery. Another, which could be entered from the cellar of No 11 Union Road, and was believed to run to the parish church, is now blocked.

Montague, L. A. D., 1940 - 1941, Notes on Old Crediton, 31-2 (Article in Serial). SDV337762.

More discussion of passages and possible connection with No 11 Union Road.

Borthwick, A., 1999, Land off Mill Street, Crediton: The archaeological and historical implications of development, 3-4 (Report - Assessment). SDV323116.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323116Report - Assessment: Borthwick, A.. 1999. Land off Mill Street, Crediton: The archaeological and historical implications of development. Alison Borthwick & Associates. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3-4.
SDV337762Article in Serial: Montague, L. A. D.. 1940 - 1941. Notes on Old Crediton. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 21. Unknown. 31-2.
SDV337890Article in Serial: Montague, L. A. D.. 1934 - 1935. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 18. Unknown. 264-6.
SDV337891Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SS80SW23. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.

Associated Monuments

MDV23387Related to: 11 Union Road, Crediton (Building)
MDV12612Related to: Bishop's Palace in Crediton (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 14 2012 2:22PM