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HER Number:MDV8382
Name:Priory at Stokenham


Site of Priory shown on 19th century maps on the site of the former Stokenham manor house


Grid Reference:SX 809 427
Map Sheet:SX84SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishStokenham
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSTOKENHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX84SW/13

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PRIORY (Unknown date)

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Priory (Site of)' shown on 19th century map.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1952, SX84SW4 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV158361.

'Priory (Site of)' shown on 1907 map.

Roberts, W. A., 1980, Spurious priory site (Worksheet). SDV158360.

Site of Priory. The term 'Site of Priory' first appears on the 1886 map. There is no reason for this attribution and no priory here is mentioned in Dugdale, Oliver of the Bishops' Registers. The site appears to be that of the former Stokenham manor house.

Williams, H. + Turner, S., 2005, Stokenham, Devon: archaeological survey and excavation in 2005, 44-64 (Article in Serial). SDV342101.

Williams, H. + Turner, S., 2005, Stokenham: Archaeological Survey and Excavation in 2005, 3 (Report - Survey). SDV321702.

The parish church of St Michael and All Saints at Stokenham to the west was originally dedicated to the 12th century St Humbert the Confessor. The church is thought to represent the Anglo-Saxon minster church of Coleridge Hundred whose royal estate was 1.5 kilometres to the west at Chillington. The topography of the village suggests the presence of a large sub-circular enclosure encompassing the church with substantial earthworks in the field to the east of the enclosure probably associated with the medieval manorial complex rather than a priory. This area was surveyed in 2005 prior to an extension to the churchyard and a small excavation was undertaken.

Unknown, 2007, Stokenham '07 (Report - Excavation). SDV342104.

Excavation to the east of Stokenham parish church in 2007 revealed evidence of the medieval and Tudor manor house in Manor Field. Decorated tiles with a fish design were recovered which may have come from the manor's chapel.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV158360Worksheet: Roberts, W. A.. 1980. Spurious priory site. Worksheet.
SDV158361Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1952. SX84SW4. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV321702Report - Survey: Williams, H. + Turner, S.. 2005. Stokenham: Archaeological Survey and Excavation in 2005. University of Exeter and University of Newcastle. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV342101Article in Serial: Williams, H. + Turner, S.. 2005. Stokenham, Devon: archaeological survey and excavation in 2005. Excapades. 1(1). A4 Stapled + Digital. 44-64.
SDV342104Report - Excavation: Unknown. 2007. Stokenham '07. University of Exeter. A4 Stapled.

Associated Monuments

MDV13757Related to: Stokenham Manor House (Monument)
MDV8364Related to: Stokenham, St Michael & All Saints (Building)

Associated Finds

  • FDV1332 - TILE (Early Medieval to XV - 1066 AD to 1500 AD)

Associated Events

  • EDV1570 - Stokenham: Geophysical Survey in 2005
  • EDV1571 - Stokenham: Archaeological Excavation in 2005
  • EDV1576 - Stokenham: Fieldwalking Survey
  • EDV1579 - Stokenham: Churchyard Survey
  • EDV4480 - Excavation in Manor Field, Stokenham

Date Last Edited:Apr 1 2009 10:51AM