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HER Number:MDV44000
Name:Walled Garden at Compton Castle


Walled garden shown on 19th century maps at Compton Castle


Grid Reference:SX 865 648
Map Sheet:SX86SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMarldon
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishMARLDON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Trust SMR: 100292
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX86SE/5/7

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WALLED GARDEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Walled garden shown on 19th century map to the south and east of Compton Castle.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Formal gardens shown on early 20th century map.

National Trust, 1984, Compton Castle (Report - Survey). SDV340960.

The 1840 Tithe Map shows a walled garden at Compton Castle.

Devon Gardens Trust, 1999, Devon Local Register, 36 (Un-published). SDV170167.

Berry, N., 2009, Land at Compton Castle, Devon, 21, 70-71 (Report - Survey). SDV347354.

The walled garden lies around the south-west and south-east perimeter walls of Compton Castle. Although it is outside the Scheduled Monument area, it is a historically important part of the site. Understanding of the development of the gardens is limited, however the area to the north-east may be later as there is a distinct scarp within the garden that aligns the kink in the boundary wall along the east side. It may be that the field boundary continued up to the house here. At the northern end the garden wall abuts or is cut by the east wall of the forecourt, built in the 16th or 17th century. The late medieval archway to the walled garden from the front of the house suggests that these gardens are in fact older than the extended forecourt, so the later fourcourt may have cut through an earlier garden arrangement. Other details: Site Inventory map (1) 083.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Clark, J., 2013, Compton Castle (Un-published). SDV356207.

Sale particulars of 1904 mention the fruit and vegetable gardens at the south and west side of the castle, with 'the walls being clothed with a variety of excellent fruit trees'.

Devon Gardens Trust, 2013, Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest (Reg/Local list of Historic Parks and Gdns). SDV354335.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV170167Un-published: Devon Gardens Trust. 1999. Devon Local Register. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. A4 Stapled + Digital. 36.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV340960Report - Survey: National Trust. 1984. Compton Castle. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #92046 ]
SDV347354Report - Survey: Berry, N.. 2009. Land at Compton Castle, Devon. National Trust Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 21, 70-71.
SDV354335Reg/Local list of Historic Parks and Gdns: Devon Gardens Trust. 2013. Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest. Historic Parks and Gardens - Register and Local List. Digital.
SDV356207Un-published: Clark, J.. 2013. Compton Castle. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV8877Related to: Compton Castle, Marldon (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 5 2015 2:38PM