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HER Number:MDV33342
Name:Wall of Whiddon Deer Park

Summary

Wall surrounding a deer park. The deer park may be medieval and the walls may be medieval as well. The walls which are carefully built using large pieces of granite rubble stand up to three metres high in places. There is a ditch on the inside of the wall. The park which the wall encloses originally belonged to Whiddonpark House and there is a gateway through it to a drive from the house.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 721 895
Map Sheet:SX78NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
Civil ParishMoretonhampstead
DistrictTeignbridge
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NW/46/1
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WALL (Built, Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD? (Between))

Full description

Parsons, 10/04/1994, National Trust Archaeological Site Monitoring Report. Whiddon Park
onitoring Report
(Un-published). SDV350328.

Site visit 10th April 1994. A stretch of wall has collapsed into a stream at SX723892, probably the result of undercutting by the stream combined with the loosening effect of heavy winter rain.


Department of Environment, 1987, Chagford, 71 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV350463.

Walls of deer park. Probably a medieval deer park, the walls may be medieval as well. Granite rubble but carefully built using large pieces of granite. The wall stands up to 3 metres high in places and has flat coping projecting very slightly. The wall is intact. This is a small section of it, the rest being in Moretonhampstead parish. There is a ditch on the inside of the wall. The wall encloses the park originally belonging to Whiddonpark House and there is a gateway through it to a drive from the house included in this section.


Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon, 251 (Monograph). SDV325629.


Gray, T., 1995, The Garden History of Devon: An Illustrated Guide to Sources, 234-5 (Monograph). SDV671.


Devon Gardens Trust, 1999, Devon Register Review. Whiddon Park (Un-published). SDV357746.

Whiddon Park is a large remnant of the manor house of the Whiddons. The estate was bought by the Drew family of Castle Drogo. Located at the entrance to the Teign gorge, the park is probably a medieval deer park. The surrounding wall which is carefully built using large pieces of granite rubble may also be medieval. It stands up to 3.0 metres high in places and has a flat, slightly projecting top. There is a ditch on the inside of the wall and a gateway through it to a drive from Whiddonpark House. Recommended that the park is added to the Register as a Grade II item.


Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.


English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.

Whiddon Park Deer Park Wall. Walls of deer park. Probably a medieval deer park, the walls may be medieval as well. Granite rubble, carefully built using large pieces of granite. The massive wall is very thick and stands up to 3 metres high in places. It is intact and there is a ditch on the inside of the wall. It encloses a deer park originally belonging to Whiddonpark House in Chagford parish where a section of the wall is separately listed. Whiddonpark House is a large late C16 to early C17 house and seat of the Whiddon family. The estate was bought by the Drewe family who building Castle Drogo in Drewsteignton parish.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume. 251.
SDV350328Un-published: Parsons. 10/04/1994. National Trust Archaeological Site Monitoring Report. Whiddon Park onitoring Report. National Trust Archaeological Site Monitoring Report. Unknown.
SDV350463List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. Chagford. Historic Houses Register. A4 Bound. 71.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #87855 ]
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV357746Un-published: Devon Gardens Trust. 1999. Devon Register Review. Whiddon Park. Devon Register Review. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV671Monograph: Gray, T.. 1995. The Garden History of Devon: An Illustrated Guide to Sources. The Garden History of Devon: An Illustrated Guide to Sources. Paperback Volume. 234-5.

Associated Monuments

MDV8276Part of: Whiddon Deer Park, Moretonhampstead (Park/Garden)
MDV61788Related to: Bridge to deer park north-east of Whiddonpark House (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6046 - Archaeological Survey of National Trust Teign Valley Properties (Ref: 6764)

Date Last Edited:Nov 25 2016 11:39AM