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HER Number:MDV7238


A large country house of 15th century origin, mostly rebuilt in the 17th century and considerably renovated in the 19th century.


Grid Reference:SX 717 444
Map Sheet:SX74SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWest Alvington
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishWEST ALVINGTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX74SW/12
  • Old Listed Building Ref (I): 100876

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COUNTRY HOUSE (XV to XIX - 1401 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV141567.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV141568.

Virtue /national gazetteer a-e/ (1868)60.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV141569.

Pevsner, n. / s. Devon/(1952)58.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV141570.

Hoskins, w. G. /devon/(1954)319.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV141571.

Thomas, w. S. /tda/90(1958)16/proceedings.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV141572.

Doe/hhr: kingsbridge rd/(1960)43.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV141573.

Des=country life xxxvii p.304.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV141574.

Higham, r. A. /the castles of medieval devon/(1979)53/phd thesis, exeter university.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV141575.

Bond, f. B. /tda/35(1903)465.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV141576.

French, k. And c. /tda/89(1957)126,133,138.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV141577.

Keyser, c. E. /archaeologia/56/183-222.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV141578.

Oldham, d. W. /tda/38(1906)401.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177625.

Bowringsleigh. Remains of elizabethan mansion. A fortified manor house probably built here by the bowring family in 15th century. Of this, the lower part of the tower and some of the other masonry are visible remains, converted into an elizabethan mansion by the gilberts, and finally "made baronial" by the ilberts in 1868-1873, by the addition of the upper parts of the tower and the gables. There is a chapel in the tower (see sub-sheet 2). The hall has a good plaster ceiling and screen (pevsner).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1907.

Ref only. Considered to have minor defensive aspects (higham).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=1/1/1952 (os). Information not completely accurate. First deed mentioning the house dates to circa 1450 when it belonged to the bowering family. Subsequently it passed into other ownerships. A fire about 1850 destroyed part of the east wing and the chapel; this part was rebuilt in the 1860's, when other minor alterations were made. A painting of circa 1695 shows the house much as it is today, although it had no tower. The tower and east extension are therefore modern, the tower incorporating remains of the early chapel. In an excellent state of repair (os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV335.

Vis=est -/-/1957 (d. O. E. ). A large country house of 15th century origin, mostly rebuilt in 17th century and considerably renovated in 19th century. The top of the tower is modern, the ground stage occupied by a chapel. Irregular plan. Hall screen of 17th century date. Further details in list (doe). Information as above. Tower built circa 1850 in the style of 15th century. Screen in hall circa 1620 (hoskins).

THOMAS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV399.

Family home of the ilberts since 1696. Has good plaster ceilings and an inlaid screen (thomas).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV141567Migrated Record:
SDV141568Migrated Record:
SDV141569Migrated Record:
SDV141570Migrated Record:
SDV141571Migrated Record:
SDV141572Migrated Record:
SDV141573Migrated Record:
SDV141574Migrated Record:
SDV141575Migrated Record:
SDV141576Migrated Record:
SDV141577Migrated Record:
SDV141578Migrated Record:
SDV177625Migrated Record:
SDV1907Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV335Migrated Record:
SDV399Migrated Record: THOMAS.

Associated Monuments

MDV90932Related to: Bowringsleigh Lodge (Building)
MDV33245Related to: HOLLOW WAY in the Parish of West Alvington (Monument)
MDV62942Related to: Parkland and Gardens at Bowringsleigh (Park/Garden)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 4 2014 4:43PM