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HER Number:MDV28399
Name:Hawley's Hall, Foss Street, Dartmouth


Site of the medieval Hawley's Hall, later occupied by the London Inn. John Hawley was a significant merchant in Dartmouth in the 14th century.


Grid Reference:SX 877 514
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishTOWNSTAL

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SE/202
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX85SE40

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INN (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, Towns 1855-95 1:500 (Cartographic). SDV348147.

"London Inn. On site of Hawley's Hall" marked. Map object based on this source.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Inn' marked.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX85SE40 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV341419.

1. London Inn on site of Hawley's Hall.
2. The great ruins of Hawley's Hall, Hardness are mentioned by Leland.
3. John Hawley, a Dartmouth merchant and mayor of the town around 1388 could have been the model Chaucer used for the shipman in the Canterbury Tales (citing Saunders and Smith).

Ravenhill, M. R. + Rowe, M. M., 2000, Early Devon Maps, Map 18 (Monograph). SDV357430.

Hawley Hall is shown on N. Townsend's map of Dartmouth drawn in 1619 (1620) in connection with the trial and verdict against John Roope. John Hawley was a significant Dartmouth merchant in the 14th century and it is possible that Chaucer's shipman in his Canterbury Tales was based on him.

Stephenson, G., 2001, Archaeological Desk Top Study: Flavel Centre, Dartmouth (Report - Assessment). SDV319967.

Ordnance Survey, 2008, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV340009.

Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV319967Report - Assessment: Stephenson, G.. 2001. Archaeological Desk Top Study: Flavel Centre, Dartmouth. Exeter Archaeology Report. Project 4995. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV340009Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2008. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Digital.
SDV341419Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX85SE40. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV348147Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Towns 1855-95 1:500. Digital.
SDV357430Monograph: Ravenhill, M. R. + Rowe, M. M.. 2000. Early Devon Maps. Early Devon Maps. Hardback Volume. Map 18.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 24 2014 8:50AM