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HER Number:MDV13990
Name:Dunkeswell Abbey, Tile


Tile in Exeter Museum is similar to the re-used distorted tiles in the floor of the parish church, which came from the Abbey church. Fragments of other tiles have also been found on site.


Grid Reference:ST 143 107
Map Sheet:ST11SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDunkeswell
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishDUNKESWELL

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST11SW/3/10

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Bagg, J., 1980, Medieval Tile (Worksheet). SDV106988.

Two fragments of tile picked up from rubble on site of monastic complex identified by J. Allen, Exeter Museum, as 13th or 14th century. One fragment depicts a bird.

Timms, S., 1981, Tile (Waster) (Worksheet). SDV106985.

A tile waster in Exeter Museum is recorded as coming from Dunkeswell Abbey, which suggests a possible kiln site there. As at 1981, the condition of the label of the find suggests that it had been there some time, so is not that recorded by Bagg.

Allan, J. P. + Keen, L., 1983, Medieval Floor Tiles in Exeter Museum, 135-136 (Article in Serial). SDV123604.

The tile may not be a waster, as similarly distorted tiles appear in the floor of Dunkeswell parish church, formerly the abbey church. However, the use of many distorted and discoloured tiles is suggestive of local production.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV106985Worksheet: Timms, S.. 1981. Tile (Waster). Worksheet + Digital.
SDV106988Worksheet: Bagg, J.. 1980. Medieval Tile. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV123604Article in Serial: Allan, J. P. + Keen, L.. 1983. Medieval Floor Tiles in Exeter Museum. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 41. Paperback Volume. 135-136.

Associated Monuments

MDV1890Part of: Dunkeswell Abbey (Monument)
MDV1892Related to: Dunkeswell Abbey, Bells (Find Spot)
MDV30305Related to: Abbey Church at Dunkeswell Abbey (Monument)
MDV12618Related to: Cloisters at Dunkeswell Abbey (Monument)
MDV1891Related to: COAT OF ARMS in the Parish of Dunkeswell (Monument)
MDV44192Related to: Dunkeswell Abbey, Building (Monument)
MDV63464Related to: Dunkeswell Abbey, Garden (Monument)
MDV1893Related to: Dunkeswell Abbey, Grave (Monument)
MDV30306Related to: East Range at Dunkeswell Abbey (Monument)
MDV12616Related to: Fishponds at Dunkeswell Abbey (Monument)
MDV12617Related to: Gatehouse at Dunkeswell Abbey (Building)
MDV30308Related to: Holy Trinity Parish Church at Dunkeswell (Building)
MDV30307Related to: South Range at Dunkeswell Abbey (Monument)
MDV12615Related to: West Range at Dunkeswell Abbey (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV2408 - TILE (XI to Unknown - 1066 AD)

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 22 2012 12:00AM