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HER Number:MDV19525
Name:Late 17th Century House, Tiverton Castle


Late 16th or 17th century house incorporating parts of the castle, gradually enlarged in subsequent periods.


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

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS91SE/29/3
  • Old Listed Building Ref (I): 485328
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS91SE1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANSION HOUSE (XVI to XIX - 1501 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

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

Map object based on this Source.

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

1. A great part of the castle was destroyed by Roger Giffard, about 1588, by whom the present house was erected. Against the wall, in two parts of the building is inscribed "R.1588 G XXVI. VII". ie 26th July (Fox citing Dunsford).
2. The present house, which incorporates parts of the 14th century castle was built in the castle bailey about 1583 and gradually enlarged at subsequent periods.

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

Gatehouse used as dwelling in 16th century. On the garden side is part of a brick fronted house with porch, cove cornice, mullion transom windows built circa 1700. All additions to the north are late 18th and 19th century.

Timms, S. C., 1976, The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft, 200 (Report - Survey). SDV341346.

The castle was slighted after the Civil War. A new house was built into the remains of the earlier structure in the early 18th century.

Laithwaite, M., 1987, Report on the Tiverton Castle Project 1987, 28 (Un-published). SDV35428.

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon, 812 (Monograph). SDV325629.

A long two storey battlemented range adjoings the gatehouse to the north, its upper floor with six three-light Tudor windows. Similar windows on the inner side of the gatehouse. Adjoining this, projecting into the courtyard, is a late 17th century double pile wing with hipped roof, considerably altered, but still with its mullion-and-cross windows on the south side, and an attractive two storey porch of chequered brickwork. Inside, in the angle of this wing and the gatehouse is a large late 17th century well staircase rising to the second floor.

Higbee, L. + Collings, A. G., 2000, Archaeological Recording at Tiverton High School and East Devon College Campuses, Tiverton, 2-3 (Report - Assessment). SDV323421.

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

Map object based on this Source.

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

Castle, 14th century core with evidence for major phases of rebuilding in the seventeenth century, after the Civil War, by Peter West, a Tiverton merchant, and in the late 17th century. Extensions and alterations of the 19th century. Materials: local purple volcanic stone, some rubble, some coursed, the earlier fabric with volcanic and Beerstone dressings. The 19th century work has Ham Hill dressings. Slate and lead roofs; stacks with brick and rendered shafts.The complex contains a late 17th century house, extended probably in the late 19th century, sited in the north-east corner of the courtyard. A gabled projection off the east range is dated 1588 with the initials RG for Robert Gifford, but there is little visible sixteenth-century fabric. The east range appears to have been partly remodelled in the 17th century, including a late 17th century stair and ovolo-moulded mullioned windows. Somewhat later in the 17th century, the house in the north-east corner was added or rebuilt.

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. 2-3.
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume. 812.
SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital).
SDV341346Report - Survey: Timms, S. C.. 1976. The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 200.
SDV345501Monograph: Dunsford, M.. 1790. Historical Memoirs of the Town and Parish of Tiverton. Unknown.
SDV345510Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951 - 1978. SS91SE1. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV35428Un-published: Laithwaite, M.. 1987. Report on the Tiverton Castle Project 1987. A4 Stapled. 28.
SDV52494List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1972. Tiverton. Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 16.

Associated Monuments

MDV19526Parent of: Gatehouse, Tiverton Castle (Building)
MDV19526Related to: Gatehouse, Tiverton Castle (Building)
MDV1379Part of: Tiverton Castle (Building)
MDV24472Related to: Castle Barton, Park Hill, Tiverton (Building)
MDV24476Related to: Castle Lodge, Park Hill, Tiverton (Building)
MDV19526Parent of: Gatehouse, Tiverton Castle (Building)
MDV19526Related to: Gatehouse, Tiverton Castle (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 5 2018 9:39AM