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HER Number:MDV4169
Name:Priest's house near St Mary's Church


Cottage dates in part to at least the early-mid 19th century, based on cartographic evidence. It is depicted on the 1840s Tithe Map as a larger structure and marked as 'cottages'. Altered by the later 19th century to the existing layout. It may have served as the priest's house mention by Worth (1893). Named 'Kirkside' on modern maps.


Grid Reference:SX 509 787
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMary Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMARY TAVY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/53/4
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/53/4/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PRIESTS HOUSE? (XII to XIX - 1200 AD? to 1890 AD (Between))
  • COTTAGE NON SPECIFIC (Constructed, Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments, 790 (Cartographic). SDV359954.

Large. L-shaped cottage depicted on the Tithe Map, north-west of the church (790: 'Cottages' marked on the Apportionment). Other cottages shown directly west of the church at SX50901 78748 and to the south at SX50914 78722 appear to have been demolished (the latter does not match the existing building near this location).

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

The first edition shows the block of cottages has been reduced in size since the Tithe Map depiction, and the linhay/barn located close by to the south-west has been added.

Brooking-Rowe, J., 1893, Seventeenth Report of the Committee on Scientific Memoranda, 179-180 (Article in Serial). SDV255460.

Priest's house, near the church.
'A capital example of a jetton or abbey piece in excellent condition was recently found in the old priest's house, adjacent to the church at Mary Tavy and is now in the possession of the vicar, the Reverend W. Anderson'.
Worth also notes the value of recording the existence of ancient priest-houses remaining as attached to parish churches, along with their present uses (best example said to be the so-called 'Abbey' on the south of St. Andrews, Plymouth). He states that the priest house in Shaugh is now used as a
school-house but retains traces of it's great age and probably pre-dates the present church. 'The priest's house at Sheeps Tor is a ruin'. (R. N. Worth, 1893)

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

This building, shown on the modern mapping may have been the priest's house referred to be Worth. It is marked on the Tithe Map as a substantially sized cottage. Named 'Kirkside'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV255460Article in Serial: Brooking-Rowe, J.. 1893. Seventeenth Report of the Committee on Scientific Memoranda. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 25. Digital. 179-180.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital. 790.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV122919Related to: Building north of the church, Mary Tavy (Building)
MDV114642Related to: Eastlands, Mary Tavy (Building)
MDV122920Related to: Kirkside Barn, Mary Tavy (Building)
MDV4165Related to: Mary Tavy, St Mary's Church (Building)
MDV100830Related to: The Linney, Mary Tavy (Building)
MDV114643Related to: Upper and Lower Tavydale, Mary Tavy (Building)

Associated Finds

  • FDV3164 - JETTON (XII to XVII - 1200 AD? to 1699 AD)

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 23 2019 4:11PM