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HER Number:MDV18251
Name:The Priory, Totnes


The Priory is probably a later 17th century house with an earlier 18th century range added on the eastern side giving an L-shaped plan.


Grid Reference:SX 802 606
Map Sheet:SX86SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTotnes
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishTOTNES

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX86SW/98
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (XVII to XVIII - 1650 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Griffiths, D. M., Priory (Personal Comment). SDV350556.

Unlikely to be part of the Priory itself, though possibly an outbuilding? The house stands on land granted to the priory in 1088.

French, K. + French, C., 1957, Devonshire Plasterwork, 134 (Article in Serial). SDV4676.

An example of period 4 plasterwork, circa 1710.

Russell, P., 1964, The Good Town of Totnes, 20 (Unknown). SDV350407.

The house is built over a substantial medieval undercroft, which may once have formed part of a building erected by one of the priors. The undercroft has a large archway suggesting a possible underground passageway.

Department of Environment, 1978, Totnes, 101 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV342722.

Visited on 07/01/1952. Probably later 17th century house with earlier 18th century range added on the eastern side giving an L-shaped plan. The later 17th century building is reputed to incorporate remains of St Mary's Priory (SX86SW/17). Two storey block with additional range on the southern side, and a one storey pent roof extension to the west. The earlier 18th century building is of two storeys, slate roof, and built, like the 17th century house, of Devonian limestone rubble. Panelling and plaster ceilings within. Full description in list.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV342722List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1978. Totnes. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 101.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #82189 ]
SDV350407Unknown: Russell, P.. 1964. The Good Town of Totnes. Unknown. 20.
SDV350556Personal Comment: Griffiths, D. M.. Priory. Unknown.
SDV4676Article in Serial: French, K. + French, C.. 1957. Devonshire Plasterwork. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 89. A5 Hardback. 134.

Associated Monuments

MDV9060Related to: Totnes Priory, north of Totnes Parish Church, Totnes (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 5 2013 12:45PM