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HER Number:MDV30307
Name:South Range at Dunkeswell Abbey


Remains of part of the south range of the Medieval ecclesiastical buildings at Dunkeswell Abbey were recorded as a crop mark in 1913


Grid Reference:ST 142 106
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/3/4
  • Old SAM County Ref: 228
  • Old SAM Ref: 24842
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: ST11SW1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

In a deed of 1635 there is a reference to an "Oven House", which may have been the remains of the kitchen.

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

Part of the south range was recorded as parch marks in the summer of 1913 though the plan is somewhat incomplete. Other details: plan.

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

Dunkeswell Abbey includes the remains of a Cistercian Abbey founded by William Bruere in 1201. Other details: Monument 228.

Gilyard-Beer, R., 1959, Untitled Source, 41 (Monograph). SDV123653.

In later Cistercian houses the frater which occupied this range was usually sited at right-angles to the cloister. This allowed space for the kitchen to the west and warming-house to east.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1962 - 1975, ST11SW1 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV136072.

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

No traces above ground, comments as for east range. Chapple's plan or what little was recorded suggests a frater parallel to the cloister but this is inconclusive as parch-marks were only recorded at the east end.

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

The land in the vicinity of the Abbey contains a number of earthworks. Other details: MPP/134673.

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

Dunkeswell Abbey includes the known extent of the upstanding and buried remains of a Cistercian Abbey in occupation between 1201 and 1539. The south end of the west range lies in an orchard and consists of a further section of the east wall. Its southern part is incorporated into the west wall of a small farm building; it retains the wall scar of part of the south wall of the south range and ends with a wall return to the west along the line of the southern boundary wall of the orchard. Other details: Monument 24841.

Hunt, A., 2000, An Earthwork Survey of Dunkeswell Abbey, 215-266 (Article in Serial). SDV136064.

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

A number of earthworks of within the abbey precinct survive. 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.
SDV123653Monograph: Gilyard-Beer, R.. 1959. Abbeys. Unknown. 41.
SDV123660Un-published: Gibbons, P.. 1993. 134673. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Unknown.
SDV123675Article in Serial: Chapple, W. E. P.. 1914 - 1915. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 8. Unknown. 8-9.
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. 215-266.
SDV136072Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962 - 1975. ST11SW1. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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. [Mapped feature: #16966 ]
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)
MDV30306Related to: East Range at Dunkeswell Abbey (Monument)
MDV12616Related to: Fishponds at Dunkeswell Abbey (Monument)
MDV12617Related to: Gatehouse at Dunkeswell Abbey (Building)
MDV12615Related to: West Range at Dunkeswell Abbey (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 16 2010 10:03AM