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HER Number:MDV7048
Name:Salcombe, Baston Hall


Remains of a medieval manor house, parts of which are incorporated within the walls of the farmhouse and garden.


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)

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.

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, Salcombe. Updated historic building 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 the 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.
See report for further details.

Historic England, 2022, National Heritage List for England, 1212726 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364675.

Batson HallFarmhouse. Ancillary bake-houseand former prison to north of Batson HallFarmhouse. Cyder pound to north-east of Batson Hall Farmhouse.
Probably C17 and 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 the bake-house is a former lock-up or prison with rectangular wood barred casement opening, roof destroyed.
Date first listed: 27th February 1974

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.
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, Salcombe. Updated historic building assessment. South West Archaeology. 200224. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV364675National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2022. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1212726.

Associated Monuments

MDV91130Related to: Batson Hall Farmhouse, Salcombe (Building)
MDV80543Related to: The Cider Barn, Batson Hall, Salcombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Apr 6 2022 1:20PM