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HER Number:MDV3852
Name:Old mansion house at Kilworthy, Tavistock


Kilworthy, an ancient house. Long the seat of Judge Glanville and his family, and now belongs to the Duke of Bedford. Mostly destroyed during mid-19th century fire, but part of the cellar of the present (rebuilt) house may retain part of the original house.


Grid Reference:SX 481 769
Map Sheet:SX47NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTavistock
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47NE/18
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANSION HOUSE (VIII to Post Medieval - 701 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV239284.

White, a. /directory and gazetteer of devonshire/(1850)624.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV239285.

Hoskins, w. G. /devon/(1954)489.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV239286.

Alexander, j. J. /dcnq/13(1924-1925)316-322/coat of arms at kilworthy.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV239287.

Doe/hhr:tavistock hamlets/(23/1/1987)91.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV239288.

Des=watts, m. /kilworthy, tavistock: a report on the farm buildings/(2001)/copy in pf.

WHITE'S DIRECTORY, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV314752.

Judge glanville died in 1600. His tomb is in tavistock parish church, so the house was built originally in at least the late 16th century (white's directory).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV335.

Kilworthy, an ancient house. Long the seat of judge glanville and his family, and now belongs to the duke of bedford (hoskins).

ALEXANDER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV219470.

The name suggests a saxon settlement. Part of the manor of hurdwick. An elegant mansion built by the glanvilles in late 16th or early 17th century. Sold in 1771 to duke of bedford and modernised during his period of ownership. Meticulous details of the coats of arms of the manatons and the glanvilles found here (alexander).

WATTS, Untitled Source (Unspecified Type). SDV81027.

The manor of hurdwick was owned by the benedictine abbey of tavistock until its dissolution in 1539. It was formerly one of the seven tithings which represented the parish of tavistock in the abbot's hundred court. In 1323 it was called kyleworthi; in 1334 kilaworth; in 1447 kellworthi. In 1540 the abbey + its possessions were granted to lord john russell before being sold to the glanvilles c.1585 + passing to the manaton family in 1674. In 1791 kilworthy was described as 'a large mansion house built of stone covered in slate' (watts).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950-1977, SX47NE10 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV239283.

Kilworthy and remains of Mansion.
Kilworthy was the home of the Glanvilles in the 16th century but the present house was rebuilt about 1800.
Kilworthy, largely rebuilt after a fire in 1852, but retaining Georgian characteristics, is a two storey building of coursed rubble with two projecting canted wings in front, a flat roofed porch and sash windows.
An ancient house, now occupied by a farmer, was long the seat of Judge Glanville and his family and now belongs to the Duke of Bedford.
The present house was built in 1852, date over the door. Old masonry in cellar, possibly cellar belonging to the original mansion.

The Tavistock and District Local History Society, 1994, About Tavistock: An Historical Introduction and Six Town Walks, 15 (Monograph). SDV354806.

Kilworthy was the ancestral home of the Glanvilles.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219470Migrated Record: ALEXANDER.
SDV239283Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950-1977. SX47NE10. OSAD Card. Card Index + Digital.
SDV239284Migrated Record:
SDV239285Migrated Record:
SDV239286Migrated Record:
SDV239287Migrated Record:
SDV239288Migrated Record:
SDV314752Migrated Record: WHITE'S DIRECTORY.
SDV335Migrated Record:
SDV354806Monograph: The Tavistock and District Local History Society. 1994. About Tavistock: An Historical Introduction and Six Town Walks. About Tavistock: An Historical Introduction and Six Town Walks. A5 Paperback. 15.

Associated Monuments

MDV37389Related to: Kilworthy Farmstead, Tavistock (Building)
MDV3919Related to: Tavistock Abbey (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 23 2018 12:36PM