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HER Number:MDV53849
Name:The Hermitage north of Brittannia Royal Naval College

Summary

Site of a The Hermitage shown on 19th century maps to the north of Brittannia Royal Naval College

Location

Grid Reference:SX 869 522
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishTOWNSTAL

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Historic parkland and Listed Building (Grade II) Hermitage Castle associated with Mount Boone House and earthworks of Sandquay Mill leat

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SE/318
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HERMITAGE (GARDEN) (XVIII to XIX - 1701 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Maps and Apportionments (Website). SDV349463.

Plot 49 is described as 'Hermitage Green and Shed'.


Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Plot 49 is shown as a horseshoe shaped area with a rectangular building on the eastern side.


Weddell, P. J. + Turton, S. D., 1993, Archaeological Assessment of Dartmouth STW (Old Mill Scheme) (Report - Assessment). SDV341209.

'The Hermitage' shown on the 1803 Ordnance Survey Surveyors Draft map. By 1841 it was abandoned and only a shed remained. It was called 'Hermitage Green' on the Tithe Map Apportionment.


Collings, A. G., 2001, Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Dartmouth Sewage Treatment Scheme, 8 (Report - Assessment). SDV336229.

Site does not appear on 20th century maps.


Brown, J., 2013, Mr Seale's Woods: The Eighteenth Century Landscape of Mount Boone, Dartmouth, 13-17 (Article in Serial). SDV357310.

The Reverend John Swete visited the gardens at Mount Boone in 1792, and described the Hermitage as 'extraordinarily fine and built with old stumps of trees'. He states it was on the left side of the green, and inside were a hand organ, chest of drawers, and a grate, as well as another room containing a kitchen. No remains can be found within the dense overgrown woodland, however a large overgrown former clearing to the west of the grotto may have been the site of the hermitage.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336229Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G.. 2001. Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Dartmouth Sewage Treatment Scheme. Exeter Archaeology Report. 01.72. A4 Stapled + Digital. 8.
SDV341209Report - Assessment: Weddell, P. J. + Turton, S. D.. 1993. Archaeological Assessment of Dartmouth STW (Old Mill Scheme). Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 93.27. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV349463Website: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Maps and Apportionments. http://devon.gov.uk. Website.
SDV357310Article in Serial: Brown, J.. 2013. Mr Seale's Woods: The Eighteenth Century Landscape of Mount Boone, Dartmouth. The Devon Gardens Trust Journal. 3. A4 Paperback + Digital. 13-17.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Apr 13 2018 11:24AM