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HER Number:MDV60762
Name:Medieval building at Buckland Abbey


Site of part of a medieval building excavated to the north-east of the church at Buckland Abbey


Grid Reference:SX 487 668
Map Sheet:SX46NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBuckland Monachorum
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND MONACHORUM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX46NE/501/18
  • Old SAM Ref: 24846
  • Tide Project: 10/07/2020

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Reed, S. J., 1998, Archaeological Evaluation and Recording at Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, 1998 (Report - Evaluation). SDV232723.

Archaeological evaluation and recording were undertaken at Buckland Abbey on the site of a proposed 'Elizabethan Garden'. The site lies within the former precinct of the Medieval abbey and at the time of the excavation was laid to lawn with paths and flower beds. Three evaluation trenches were excavated.
Trench 1 revealed the presence of a previously unknown Medieval building to the north east of the former abbey church. The corner of a Medieval building constructed of locally derived shale was found, with upper level of walls surviving at 0.65 metres below ground level. Three distinct phases were recorded. Primary wall forming east side of building of mud-bonded construction, 1.1 metres wide. At south west corner of wall was a recess, 0.25 metres by 0.25 metres, into which a less substantial wall (0.6 metres) was keyed, 1.8 metres long. Continued by another length of mud-bonded wall, 0.2 metres wide, abutted to it, forming south wall of building. On either side of walls, layer of demolition material 0.5 metres thick contained finds dating demolition to 16th century. On the inside of the building was an uneven cobbled surface. Possibly an agricultural building.
Running approximately north-south across the centre of Trench 2 was a burnt surface defined by two ditches. Associated with the surface were two hearths cut into the subsoil, one of which contained the possible remains of a hearthstone. In the north-western corner of the trench were the remains of two floor surfaces. A pit to the south of these contained pottery of the 11th to 14th centuries. The ditches may have been the foundation trenches for a timber-framed building. This is interpreted as a workshop area associated with the abbey.
In Trench 3 the existing low bank encircling the monument was shown to represent a possible 18th century garden feature, probably a circular flower bed. It had been constructed over an earlier garden surface consisting of sand and grit which may have been a path.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1998, Buckland Abbey (Schedule Document). SDV344044.

This feature lies within the Scheduled area of Buckland Abbey. Other details: Monument 24846.

Blaylock, S. R., 2000, National Trust: A selection of work from the South West. Buckland Abbey, 13 (Article in Serial). SDV325111.

The new garden has been designed to minimise ground intrusion.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV232723Report - Evaluation: Reed, S. J.. 1998. Archaeological Evaluation and Recording at Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, 1998. Exeter Archaeology Report. 98.80. A4 stapled + Digital. [Mapped feature: #38872 ]
SDV325111Article in Serial: Blaylock, S. R.. 2000. National Trust: A selection of work from the South West. Buckland Abbey. Council for British Archaeology South West Newsletter. 5. Paperback Volume. 13.
SDV344044Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1998. Buckland Abbey. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.

Associated Monuments

MDV5451Part of: Buckland Abbey (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV716 - POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Events

  • EDV3547 - Evaluation and Recording at Buckland Abbey, Yelverton

Date Last Edited:Jul 10 2020 2:44PM