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HER Number:MDV30306
Name:East Range at Dunkeswell Abbey


Remains of the east range of Medieval ecclesiastical buildings at Dunkeswell Abbey were seen as cropmarks in 1913


Grid Reference:ST 142 107
Map Sheet:ST11SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDunkeswell
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishDUNKESWELL

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 188944
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST11SW/3/3
  • Old SAM County Ref: 228
  • Old SAM Ref: 24841

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ECCLESIASTICAL BUILDING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Unknown, Untitled Source (Record Office Collection). SDV123678.

This building may be that referred to in a lease of 1656 as "The Seller".

Whitley, H. M., 1914 - 1915, Untitled Source, 34-36 (Article in Serial). SDV123676.

Author gives an interpretation for each of the rooms on the plan.

Chapple, W. E. P., 1914 - 1915, Untitled Source, 8-9 (Article in Serial). SDV123675.

East range of Dunkeswell Abbey. A plan of this range was made in 1913 from parch marks recorded in the grass. The measurements given are not exact but the total length is about 56m to 60m. The range appears to be divided into five rooms on the ground floor but there is a gap in the plan at the north end where the building would have abutted the south transept. Other details: Plan.

Ministry of Works, 1948, Dunkeswell Abbey (Schedule Document). SDV345801.

Other details: Monument 228.

Weddell, P. J., 1986, Dunkeswell (Report - Assessment). SDV123603.

The area is under pasture still. No remains above ground but the surface is irregular. The plan is slightly unusual in that the chapter-house is not evident as a larger more conspicuous structure. The interpretation by Whitley of a warming-house at the south end is possibly incorrect. Other details: Plan.

Gibbons, P., 1993, 134673 (Un-published). SDV123660.

Dunkeswell Abbey includes the remains of a Cistercian Abbey founded by William Bruere in 1201. Foundations of the east range are visible in the adjoining fields in dry summers.

Department of National Heritage, 1994, Dunkeswell Abbey (Schedule Document). SDV345802.

In the pasture to the east of Dunkeswell Abbey there is a slight terrace which lies parallel with the river and curves around the north-east of the Abbey Church. This earthwork defines the western limit of the area liable to flooding and probably represents the line of the precinct to the east. The land in the vicinity of the Abbey contains a number of earthworks. Other details: Monument 24841.

Hunt, A., 2000, An Earthwork Survey of Dunkeswell Abbey, 215-226 (Article in Serial). SDV136064.

National Monuments Record, 2010, 188944 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV345803.

Earthworks to the east of the church may represent an inner precinct boundary. These earthworks are visible on aerial photgraphs

Sources / Further Reading

SDV123603Report - Assessment: Weddell, P. J.. 1986. Dunkeswell. Devon Religious Houses Survey. 11. A4 Stapled.
SDV123660Un-published: Gibbons, P.. 1993. 134673. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #16965 ]
SDV123675Article in Serial: Chapple, W. E. P.. 1914 - 1915. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 8. Unknown. 8-9.
SDV123676Article in Serial: Whitley, H. M.. 1914 - 1915. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 8. Unknown. 34-36.
SDV123678Record Office Collection: Unknown. DD49158. Unknown.
SDV136064Article in Serial: Hunt, A.. 2000. An Earthwork Survey of Dunkeswell Abbey. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 58. Paperback Volume. 215-226.
SDV345801Schedule Document: Ministry of Works. 1948. Dunkeswell Abbey. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV345802Schedule Document: Department of National Heritage. 1994. Dunkeswell Abbey. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV345803National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 188944. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

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)
MDV13990Related to: Dunkeswell Abbey, Tile (Find Spot)
MDV12616Related to: Fishponds at Dunkeswell Abbey (Monument)
MDV12617Related to: Gatehouse at Dunkeswell Abbey (Building)
MDV30307Related to: South Range at Dunkeswell Abbey (Monument)
MDV12615Related to: West Range at Dunkeswell Abbey (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 15 2010 3:29PM