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HER Number:MDV43874
Name:Wall south-west of Still House, Tavistock Abbey


Medieval wall running south-west from the Still House at Tavistock Abbey


Grid Reference:SX 481 741
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTavistock
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SE/1/11
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 93392

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WALL (Early Medieval to XVIII - 1066 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Department of Environment, 1983, Tavistock, 3 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV272550.

Wall to south west of Still House. Medieval. About 9 feet high. Built of granite with curved parapet. Arched doorcase.

Turton, S. D. + Weddell, P. J., 1991, Archaeological Assessment of Four Areas of Land Adjoining the River Tavy and Plymouth Road, Tavistock, 5; figure 2; plate 3 (Report - Assessment). SDV256444.

Wall south-west of the Still House. The portion of wall alongside Abbey Walk, which extends west from the Still House to the car park is recorded as being Medieval. Mainly granite with high percentage of unworked stone, 2.7 metres high, with arched doorway near Still House. If this wall dates from 15th century (it is certainly no earlier) it represents one of the final stages of rebuilding. Could be post-dissolution. Appears to post-date south precinct wall, and apparently abuts Still House. The continuation of this wall which extends along the south side of the car park, and adjoining eastern boundary wall of car park (both unlisted) are of uncertain date. Generally featureless, but appears to be of identical construction to the stretch of supposed Medieval wall. Cartographic and pictorial evidence suggests at least 18th century date.

Freeman, M. + Wans, J., 1996, Tavistock Abbey: Alternative Interpretations, 17-34 (Article in Serial). SDV249301.

Salvatore, J. P., 1999, 144445. (Personal Comment). SDV256388.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV249301Article in Serial: Freeman, M. + Wans, J.. 1996. Tavistock Abbey: Alternative Interpretations. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 128. A5 Paperback. 17-34.
SDV256388Personal Comment: Salvatore, J. P.. 1999. 144445.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Unknown.
SDV256444Report - Assessment: Turton, S. D. + Weddell, P. J.. 1991. Archaeological Assessment of Four Areas of Land Adjoining the River Tavy and Plymouth Road, Tavistock. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 91.33. A4 Stapled + Digital. 5; figure 2; plate 3.
SDV272550List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1983. Tavistock. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 3.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #91974 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3919Part of: Tavistock Abbey (Monument)
MDV43875Related to: South Precinct Wall of Tavistock Abbey (Building)
MDV43873Related to: Still House, Tavistock Abbey (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 13 2013 4:04PM