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HER Number:MDV7048
Name:Salcombe, Baston Hall

Summary

Remains of a medieval manor house.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 733 396
Map Sheet:SX73NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSalcombe
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishMALBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX73NW/19
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANOR HOUSE (XI to Post Medieval - 1001 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX73NW2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV157306.

Batson Hall remains of manor house.

Reichel, O. J., 1913, The Hundred of Stanborough or Dippeforda in the Time of 'Testa de Nevil' AD 1243, 182,203 (Article in Serial). SDV336180.

Some descents of the manor after 1285 are given.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 311 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Batson was 'Badestana' in 1086.

Hoskins, W. G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon, 471 (Monograph). SDV17562.

English Heritage, 1974, Salcombe (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV335625.

Batson Hall Farmhouse with ancillary bake-house & former prison to the north & cyder pound to north-east. Probably 17th century & earlier remains, 2 storey, stone, modern roof and casements without special features apparent. Occupied. Remains of Bake-house, with domed oven and small side cavity at low level. Remains of disused Cyder-pound, formerly horse-driven, machinery includes wood-cogged wheel, roofless. On site of Manor House. Next to the bake-house is a former lock-up or prison with rectangular wood barred casement opening, roof destroyed. Other details: LBS No 397211.

Department of Environment, 1974, Salcombe UD, 1-2 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV157308.

The present house, of stone with a modern roof, is probably 17th century with some modern remains. Adjacent are a bakehouse with domed oven, and a roofless cider-pound with horse-driven machinery. Next to the bakehouse is a lockup or prison.

Thorn, C. + Thorn, F., 1985, Domesday Book: Devon (Part One), 15,74 (Monograph). SDV155643.

Turton, S. D., 1993, Archaeological Assessment of SWW Salcombe Marine Discharge Scheme, 6 (Report - Assessment). SDV174932.

Wapshott, E. + Boyd, N., 2020, Batson Hall Farm, Batson, Salcombe, Devon: Historic Building Assessment and Heritage Impact Assessment (Report - Survey). SDV363448.

The site was surveyed during a recording of the more modern, farmhouse which incorporates some of the manors fabric as well as the 18th or 19th century cottage addition. During the survey two ruins were surveyed thought to be contemporary with the medieval manor.
The first building is a small square block to the north of Batson Hall Cottage. It is of tall single-storey height, it may have stood at one and a half storeys when first built. At the time of the survey the building was roofless and in poor condition. The building still contains some good medieval dressed slatestone stonework, however much of the building has been patched, indicating it has possibly been altered or enlarged in the post-medieval period. To the west there are remains of a collapsed fireplace, with corner domed over to the south-west and small warming oven to the south.
The report does not suggest the buildings use.
Th second building was at the time of the survey a ruined L-shaped wall to the front of the current farmhouse. The wall was single storey, and after further surveying appears to contain many blocked openings. Each of the openings had finely dressed and faced formal block quoins to their reveals, to both faces.
For further details, see library linked report.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 311.
SDV155643Monograph: Thorn, C. + Thorn, F.. 1985. Domesday Book: Devon (Part One). Domesday Book: Devon (Part One). 9. A5 Hardback. 15,74.
SDV157306Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX73NW2. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV157308List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1974. Salcombe UD. Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 1-2.
SDV174932Report - Assessment: Turton, S. D.. 1993. Archaeological Assessment of SWW Salcombe Marine Discharge Scheme. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 93.58. A4 Stapled + Digital. 6.
SDV17562Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1954. A New Survey of England: Devon. A New Survey of England: Devon. A5 Hardback. 471.
SDV335625List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 1974. Salcombe. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV336180Article in Serial: Reichel, O. J.. 1913. The Hundred of Stanborough or Dippeforda in the Time of 'Testa de Nevil' AD 1243. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 45. A5 Hardback. 182,203.
SDV363448Report - Survey: Wapshott, E. + Boyd, N.. 2020. Batson Hall Farm, Batson, Salcombe, Devon: Historic Building Assessment and Heritage Impact Assessment. South West Archaeology. 190620. Digital.
Linked documents:1

Associated Monuments

MDV91130Parent of: Batson Hall Farmhouse, Batson, Salcombe (Building)
MDV80543Related to: The Cider Barn, Batson Hall Cottage, Shadycombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV3827 - Archaeological assessment of SWW Salcombe marine discharge scheme
  • EDV8288 - Historic Building Assessment and Heritage Imapct Assessment at Batson Hall Farm, Batson, Salcombe (Ref: 190620)

Date Last Edited:Jun 18 2020 4:55PM