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HER Number:MDV43877
Name:Lower Abbey Gate, or Water Gate, Tavistock Abbey

Summary

The Lower Abbey Gate, or Water Gate, one of four gateways leading into the Abbey precincts, was by the Abbey Bridge. It appears to have fallen into disuse after the destruction of the bridge in 1763-1764

Location

Grid Reference:SX 482 743
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTavistock
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SE/1/14

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Hicks, H. R., 1947-1949, Ministers of the Abbey Chapel, Tavistock, 119 (Article in Serial). SDV350289.

The Lower Abbey Gate, or Water Gate, one of four gateways leading into the Abbey precincts, stood on a site adjoining the Abbey Bridge. It appears to have fallen into disuse after the destruction of the bridge in 1763-1764. An act of parliament of 1762 provided for the construction of a new road connecting with the bridge. An engraving by Samuel Prout furnishes considerable detail of the probable appearance of the Water Gate.


The Tavistock and District Local History Society, 1994, About Tavistock: An Historical Introduction and Six Town Walks, 10 (Monograph). SDV354806.


Stead, P. M., 1999, Archaeological Investigations at Tavistock Abbey 1997-1999, 170, figure 11 (Article in Serial). SDV336200.

A conjectural reconstruction of the possible extent of the main ranges of the abbey buildings shows the position of the Water or Lower Gate to the east of Abbey Bridge.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336200Article in Serial: Stead, P. M.. 1999. Archaeological Investigations at Tavistock Abbey 1997-1999. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 57. Paperback Volume. 170, figure 11. [Mapped feature: #91977 ]
SDV350289Article in Serial: Hicks, H. R.. 1947-1949. Ministers of the Abbey Chapel, Tavistock. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 23. Unknown. 119.
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. 10.

Associated Monuments

MDV3919Part of: Tavistock Abbey (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 5 2015 11:38AM