HeritageGateway - Home
Site Map
Text size: A A A
You are here: Home > > > > Devon & Dartmoor HER Result
Devon & Dartmoor HERPrintable version | About Devon & Dartmoor HER | Visit Devon & Dartmoor HER online...

See important guidance on the use of this record.

If you have any comments or new information about this record, please email us.

HER Number:MDV53154
Name:Quarries to the north of Buckland Abbey


The remains of three quarries in woodland to the north of the abbey, from which shillet was obtained for its construction.


Grid Reference:SX 488 669
Map Sheet:SX46NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBuckland Monachorum
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND MONACHORUM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: sx46ne/42
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX46NE/598
  • Old SAM Ref: 24846
  • Pastscape: 1141910
  • Tide Project: 10/07/2020

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • QUARRY (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Old quarries marked in an orchard to the north of the abbey.

Ordnance Survey, 1907, 111SE (Cartographic). SDV242025.

Old quarries marked.

Ordnance Survey, 1963-1996, 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric (Cartographic). SDV350058.

Quarries shown.

National Monuments Record, 1998, SX46NE/42 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV254648.

Lies within scheduled area. Earthworks of three quarries from which shillet was derived in the construction of Buckland Abbey. Situated on rising ground to the north-east of the abbey church. The western quarry is circa 30 metres diameter with an entrance to the south-west. The middle quarry is circa 40 metres by 20 metres and up to 6 metres deep with an entrance to the south-west. The eastern quarry is circa 16 metres across and 3.5 metres high. A depression to the south may indicate the course of a hollow way.

Nicholas Pearson Associates, 2001, Buckland Abbey: Historic Survey and Restoration Plan, App. 3 (Report - Survey). SDV241983.

Berry, N., 2006, Buckland Abbey, Devon: Desk Top Survey of Quarries Within Scheduled Monument, 1, 6, 8 (Report - Assessment). SDV347351.

Included within the scheduled area of Buckland Abbey are three quarries, cut into higher ground to the north of the buildings. It is believed that the quarries were the major sources of shillet, a form of slate used for the construction of the Abbey. The most westerly quarry is the only one within National Trust ownership, and has until recently been used for wardens' and gardeners' storage buildings.These have deteriorated and need to be replaced, with a smaller building to be constructed on the same alignment. The quarry has apparently been used for dumping a variety of material, including a pile of architectural building fragments under the north face. These may be close to the north end of the new building and care should be taken during construction, with consideration given to moving them prior to building work. Other details: Maps and plans.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

The sites of the three quarries are visible as gaps in the woodland to the north of the abbey. The western quarry now has a building(s) within it, while the central one appears to be a garden feature.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

Quarries now longer depicted.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV241983Report - Survey: Nicholas Pearson Associates. 2001. Buckland Abbey: Historic Survey and Restoration Plan. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. A4 Spiral Bound + Digital. App. 3.
SDV242025Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1907. 111SE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV254648National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 1998. SX46NE/42. National Monuments Record Database. Digital.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #126522 ]
SDV347351Report - Assessment: Berry, N.. 2006. Buckland Abbey, Devon: Desk Top Survey of Quarries Within Scheduled Monument. National Trust Report. A4 Comb Bound. 1, 6, 8.
SDV350058Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963-1996. 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric. Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV5451Related to: Buckland Abbey (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 10 2020 1:08PM