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HER Number:MDV4065
Name:Crowndale Medieval Settlement

Summary

Crowndale Medieval settlement was part of Tavistock Abbey lands and mentioned from the 13th century

Location

Grid Reference:SX 473 727
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTavistock
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SE/25

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SETTLEMENT (XII to Late Medieval - 1200 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Alexander, J. J., 1914, Crowndale, 278-83 (Article in Serial). SDV344425.

Crowndale is a group of farms situated in the valley of the River Tavy to the south of Tavistock. Crowndale was part of Tavistock Abbey lands mentioned in survey of 1488. The old farmhouse was demolished in 1850. A cottage close to it was demolished in 1805, its outline still traceable in the orchard south of the present farm buildings. This cottage is reputed to have been the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake between 1540 and 1544.


Morris, G. T. W, 1926 - 1927, Birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, 214-5 (Article in Serial). SDV344426.

Crowndale farm the birthplace of Drake was pulled down over 100 years ago. Originally leased to Simon Drake by Tavistock Abbey. History of the place and the Drake family.


Alexander, J. J., 1926 - 1927, Early Life of Francis Drake, 215-8 (Article in Serial). SDV344427.

Following Morris's note, discussion of alternative views on Drake's place and date of birth.


Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 218 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Crowndale was mentioned as 'Crundel' in 1244, 'Croundel' in 1330, 'Croundale' in 1342 and 'Croundil' in 1355.


Ordnance Survey, 1938, 105SE. Revision of 1905 with additions in 1938. Provisional Edition (Cartographic). SDV336767.

'Crowndale' shown on 1938 map.


Exeter Archaeology, 1997, Archaeological Assessment of Tavistock Sewer Overflows Scheme, 5 (Report - Assessment). SDV344347.

Crowndale is documented in the 13th century and was the reputed birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, although the actual cottage of his birth was demolished in 1805.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 218.
SDV336767Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1938. 105SE. Revision of 1905 with additions in 1938. Provisional Edition. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV344347Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 1997. Archaeological Assessment of Tavistock Sewer Overflows Scheme. Exeter Archaeology Report. 97.02. A4 Stapled + Digital. 5.
SDV344425Article in Serial: Alexander, J. J.. 1914. Crowndale. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 46. A5 Hardback. 278-83.
SDV344426Article in Serial: Morris, G. T. W. 1926 - 1927. Birthplace of Sir Francis Drake. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 14. Unknown. 214-5.
SDV344427Article in Serial: Alexander, J. J.. 1926 - 1927. Early Life of Francis Drake. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 14. Unknown. 215-8.

Associated Monuments

MDV37333Related to: Crowndale Farm Buildings and Dung Pit (Building)
MDV37332Related to: Crowndale Farm House (Building)
MDV68411Related to: Crowndale Mill (Monument)
MDV3919Related to: Tavistock Abbey (Monument)
MDV3956Related to: Wheal Crowndale Mine, Tavistock (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4597 - Assessment of Tavistock Sewer Overflow Scheme

Date Last Edited:Oct 18 2012 1:37PM