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HER Number:MDV43875
Name:South Precinct Wall of Tavistock Abbey


Medieval south precinct wall of Tavistock Abbey, between the Still House tower and Abbey Bridge


Grid Reference:SX 481 742
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTavistock
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SE/1/12
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 93391
  • Old SAM County Ref: 96
  • Old SAM Ref: 29679

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Waterhouse, R., Tavistock Feeder Canal Bridge Drawings (Plan - measured). SDV351513.

Iles, R., 16/01/1998, Tavistock Abbey (Correspondence). SDV358814.

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

Department of Environment, 1983, Tavistock, 2 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV272550.

Abbey Wall. Medieval. To the east of the Still House there is a length of wall following the line of the River Tavy and originally forming the southern boundary of the Abbey precincts. Crenellated wall about 14 feet in height built of granite and incorporating one pointed arched granite doorway.

Turton, S. D. + Weddell, P. J., 1991, Archaeological Assessment of Four Areas of Land Adjoining the River Tavy and Plymouth Road, Tavistock, 5-6; figure 2, plates1-2 (Report - Assessment). SDV256444.

From the Still House eastwards to Abbey Bridge the pathway extends circa 80 metres beside the Medieval south precinct wall of Tavistock Abbey. Over 5 metres high, granite, crenellated, incorporating a pointed arched doorway. Its walkway is still visible, with a slate string course just below it. Putleg holes and different build levels are in evidence on the south-east face.

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

Exeter Archaeology, 1997, Archaeological Assessment of Tavistock Sewer Overflows Scheme, 4 (Report - Assessment). SDV344347.

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

Site visited on 29th April 1999.

Blaylock, S. R., 2001, Tavistock Abbey: Further Recording of the Standing Fabric (Report - non-specific). SDV256395.

Feature included in the digital survey of the standing remains of Tavistock Abbey undertaken in 2001.

English Heritage, 2002, Tavistock Abbey, Section 17 (Correspondence). SDV344404.

A 5 year management agreement has been concluded for the care and maintenance of this monument. Period covered: 25th February 2002 to 30th April 2007.

West Devon Borough Council, 2009, Tavistock Conservation Area Management Plan, 21, 40 (Report - non-specific). SDV351411.

Repairs are needed to some of the abbey remains, including some of the abbey precinct walls.

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

Rodwell, K. A., 30/06/1995, A Survey of Tavistock Abbey Precinct Wall, 1 (Report - Survey). SDV256456.

The river elevation of the south wall adjoins a public footpath and is largely clear of vegetation. The interior is divided between two gardens, and in both there is substantial ivy growth on the wall face, and its wall walks are very overgrown. See report for full details and drawings of elevations.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV249301Article in Serial: Freeman, M. + Wans, J.. 1996. Tavistock Abbey: Alternative Interpretations. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 128. A5 Paperback.
SDV256388Personal Comment: Salvatore, J. P.. 1999. 144445.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Unknown.
SDV256395Report - non-specific: Blaylock, S. R.. 2001. Tavistock Abbey: Further Recording of the Standing Fabric. Exeter Archaeology Report. 01.82. A4 Stapled + Digital.
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. 5-6; figure 2, plates1-2.
SDV256456Report - Survey: Rodwell, K. A.. 30/06/1995. A Survey of Tavistock Abbey Precinct Wall. A4 Stapled + Digital. 1.
SDV272550List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1983. Tavistock. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 2.
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).
SDV344347Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 1997. Archaeological Assessment of Tavistock Sewer Overflows Scheme. Exeter Archaeology Report. 97.02. A4 Stapled + Digital. 4.
SDV344404Correspondence: English Heritage. 2002. Tavistock Abbey. Management Agreement. Letter. Section 17.
SDV351411Report - non-specific: West Devon Borough Council. 2009. Tavistock Conservation Area Management Plan. West Devon Borough Council Report. a4 Stapled + Digital. 21, 40.
SDV351513Plan - measured: Waterhouse, R.. Tavistock Feeder Canal Bridge Drawings. Digital.
SDV358814Correspondence: Iles, R.. 16/01/1998. Tavistock Abbey. Letter. A4 Single Sheet + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV3919Part of: Tavistock Abbey (Monument)
MDV43873Related to: Still House, Tavistock Abbey (Building)
MDV43874Related to: Wall south-west of Still House, Tavistock Abbey (Building)
MDV43872Related to: West Precinct Wall at Tavistock Abbey (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4597 - Assessment of Tavistock Sewer Overflow Scheme

Date Last Edited:Jul 28 2015 9:35AM