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HER Number:MDV8132
Name:Gatehouse at Dartington Hall


The gatehouse and the north range at Dartington Hall with a 14th century barn at the east end. The barn was converted to a theatre in the late 1930s.


Grid Reference:SX 798 627
Map Sheet:SX76SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartington
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishDARTINGTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76SE/3/2
  • Old Listed Building Ref (I): 101033
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX76SE12

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GATEHOUSE (XIV to XV - 1301 AD to 1500 AD)

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX76SE12 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV177651.

Griffiths, D. M., Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV346557.

The barn is south of the entrance gap and has an ?early 14th century? roof.

Pevsner, N., 1952, The Buildings of England: South Devon, 99-101 (Monograph). SDV336217.

This block is older and must represent the more modest manor house, the gateway was cut in afterwards, but the barn north of this with its find timber roof seems to be early 14th century.

Hoskins, W. G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon, 382 (Monograph). SDV17562.

On the north side of the north court stands a great barn with fine timber roof of early 14th century date. This is said to have been the Great Hall of the Martin house.

Department of Environment, 1956, Totnes Rural District, 9 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV177635.

Inhabited part of Dartington Hall is listed.

Emery, A., 1958, Untitled Source, 184-202 (Article in Serial). SDV149801.

The entrance block in the north-west corner is of two storeys with two unequal sized rooms on each floor and an entrance passage with semi-circular arches at either end. The use of a kingpost roof (heavily restored) suggests late 14th century date, though it lacks the beerstone mouldings characteristic of the Holand work. South of the entrance is a 15th century barn.

Alcock, N. W., 1966, A Devon Farm: Bury Barton, Lapford, 113 (Article in Serial). SDV177653.

Alcock, N. W., 1966, The Medieval Buildings of Bishops Clyst, 135-6 (Article in Serial). SDV177652.

Gatehouse at Dartington Hall, and north range. North east side and has modified Gothic arches. Similar roof to that in the barn at Bury Barton and at Bishop's Court, Sowton. It has crown posts above the collar-beams. Arch-braced open trusses with lower imitation arch-braces cut on the principals. Base cruck roof.

Alcock, N. W. + Barley, M. W., 1972, Medieval Roofs With Base-crucks and Short Principals, 135-7,152,155 (Article in Serial). SDV177657.

Two examples of a base-cruck roof, in first-floor hall and in room over the gateway in the entrance block of Dartington Hall, are mentioned. Authors suggest that unusual features in this roof and in that of the Great Hall point to the work of one local carpenter. Other details: Fig 1.

Alcock, N. W., 1981, Cruck Construction: An Introduction and Catalogue, 113 (Report - non-specific). SDV342504.

Base cruck recorded (citing Antiquaries Journal).

English Heritage, 2011, Historic Houses Register (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV346128.

Dartington Hall. Medieval mansion in educational use. Built 1388-1399 by John Holland, Earl of Huntingdon and later Duke of Exeter; altered in 1560-1, C17 and 1740 and restored 1926-36 by William Weir for L K Elmhurst. Limestone and shale rubble with Beerstone dressings. Slate roofs with raised gable end verges. Large courtyard plan. [Includes] on north side of courtyard the so-called 'gate-house' range (probably workshops and dormitory). At east end of north range large 14- bay barn (circa 15th century) with later engine house on north side. North range has rough stone round archway and 20th century windows and barn on east has steeply pitched roof and semi-polygonal engine house on outer north side. 'Gate-house' range has 6 bays of arched brace raised cruck trusses with king-posts and collar purlins, square-set clasped purlin and wind braces.
Note: Although the north range is believed to be the earlier hall of the Fitzmartins there is evidence for it being contemporary, or nearly so, with Holands hall range, since the lower gable end wall of hall range has impression of a roof truss similar to that of north range. The barn was converted into a theatre in 1933-8 by R. Hening and W. Gropius. See listing description for full details of all buildings. Date listed: 11th November 1952.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149801Article in Serial: Emery, A.. 1958. Archaeological Journal. 115. Unknown. 184-202.
SDV17562Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1954. A New Survey of England: Devon. A New Survey of England: Devon. A5 Hardback. 382.
SDV177635List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1956. Totnes Rural District. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 9.
SDV177651Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX76SE12. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV177652Article in Serial: Alcock, N. W.. 1966. The Medieval Buildings of Bishops Clyst. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 98. Paperback Volume. 135-6.
SDV177653Article in Serial: Alcock, N. W.. 1966. A Devon Farm: Bury Barton, Lapford. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 98. Photocopy. 113.
SDV177657Article in Serial: Alcock, N. W. + Barley, M. W.. 1972. Medieval Roofs With Base-crucks and Short Principals. Antiquaries Journal. 52. Unknown. 135-7,152,155.
SDV336217Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1952. The Buildings of England: South Devon. The Buildings of England: South Devon. Paperback Volume. 99-101.
SDV342504Report - non-specific: Alcock, N. W.. 1981. Cruck Construction: An Introduction and Catalogue. Council for British Archaeology Research Report. 42. Photocopy. 113.
SDV346128List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2011. Historic Houses Register. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #108071 ]
SDV346557Personal Comment: Griffiths, D. M.. Not Applicable.

Associated Monuments

MDV8130Part of: Dartington Hall (Building)
MDV14384Related to: Dartington Great Hall (Building)
MDV8131Related to: South Court of Dartington Hall (Park/Garden)
MDV14385Related to: West Range at Dartington Hall (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 13 2022 9:10AM