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HER Number:MDV8488
Name:Great Fulford


Manor house, 16th century with refurbishing of the late 17th century, and some remodelling of circa 1800. The house has been the home of the Fulford family since the reign of Richard I.


Grid Reference:SX 790 917
Map Sheet:SX79SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDunsford
Ecclesiastical ParishDUNSFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX79SE/12
  • Old Listed Building Ref (I): 399072
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANOR HOUSE (XVI to XIX - 1501 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177625.

Built by sir john fulford, in early 16th century. "tudor mansion with square courtyard. No earlier features, although the fulford family had held the manor since at the latest, the 12th century. Gateway from the south, tudor arch with arms above and elizabethan detail. In the courtyard all windows mullioned and some tramsomed. The hall opposite the gateway with a gothic entrance, but inside with linenfold panelling and the date 1534. The early renaissance panels were inserted later. " the hall fireplace is elizabethan. The staircase chapel and north-west room are late 17th century. The exterior was remodelled in 1780 but "much must have been done still later for in 1872 the house is called 'in a sad state of decay'" (pevsner).

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

Vis=18/4/1953(os) the external details of the house given above appear correct. The chapel is no longer in use, and the windows of the house have in many cases been blocked, and the walls roughcast. The roof is of slate (os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242.

Domesday manor of folefort and, in 1086, an estate belonging to baldwin. Early descents of ownership are given (reichel).

1975, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285185.

Shown as 'great fulford' on os 1:10000 (1975).

ADAMS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285191.

Over the gateway to the house is a shield of arms, and above it the crest of the fulfords with two saracens as supporters (adams).

DOE 1959, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV285192.

Vis=est -/-/1959 (doe) 16th century.3 storeys, stucco over stone. Built round quadrangle temp henry viii, and added to in elizabethan period. Mutilated in 19th century. Beseiged and taken in 1645. Further details in list. Described in country life (doe 1959).

DOE 1986, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285193.

Great fulford house. Manor house. C16 with refurbishing of the late c17 and some remodelling of circa 1800. The house has been the family home of the fulford family since the reign of richard i. Roughcast stone rubble with some beerstone dressings, 3 axial stacks to the hall range and further stacks behind the battlemented parapet, slate roofs. Three storeys. See doe list for full details (doe 1986).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285196.

Amery, p. F. S. /devon notes and queries/1(1900)1-5 pl.1-2/notes on great fulford.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285197.

Alexander, j. J. /tda/70(1938)203/early owners of fulford manor.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285198.

French, k. + c. /tda/89(1957)127 pl.8d/devonshire plasterwork.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285199.

Lysons, d. + s. /devonshire/1(1822)172-173.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285200.

Anon/tda/54(1922)33/proceedings of the twenty-first annual meeting.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285201.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285202.

Pevsner, n. /buildings of england,s. Devon/(1952).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285203.

Reichel, o. J. /tda/44(1912)278,281,285,294,309/the domesday hundred of wenford or wonford.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285204.

Reichel, o. J. /tda/44(1912)330/early descents of the manors in wonford hundred.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285205.

Adams, m. /dcnq/1 part 1(1901-1902)4-5/the shield of arms over the gateway of great fulford house.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285206.

Doe/hhr:st. Thomas rd/(1949)46.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285207.

Country life/36( )160.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285208.

Hoskins, w. G. /devon/(1954)392.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285209.

Delderfield, e. R. /west country historic houses/1(1968)65.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285210.

Andriette, e. A. /devon and exeter in the civil war/(1971)157-8.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285211.

Des=os 1:10000(1975).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285212.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285213.

Tipping, h. A. /country life/36(1/8/1914)160-8/great fulford, east devon.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285214.

Cherry, b. + pevsner, n. /the buildings of england:devon/(1989)458.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285215.

Cherry, b. /pdas/46(1988)102/the devon country house in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285216.

Des=photo in pf.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV285217.

Aph=dap/oi 13-15/(14/7/1989).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV285218.

Des=gallant, l. /deer parks/(1986)/manuscript in smr.

Unattributed, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV44353.

Great fulford house. House on site from the early medieval period. Present house built 15th-16th century. Royalist garrison there in civil war. House damaged. The gateway in the back quadrangle is the oldest part of the house. Mentioned in domesday book as a manor held by baldwin. Owned by the fulford family in the 12th century and until the 17th century (unattrib).

GALLANT, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV943.

Manor belonged to sir robert blakford in c13 whose son conveyed it to the bishop of exeter. It was then given to the abbey of canonleigh. After the dissolution it was purchased by sir john fulford. The house at fulford is shown inside a park on speed's map of 1610 (gallant).

Lysons, D. + Lysons, S., 1822, Magna Britannica (Monograph). SDV323771.

The old mansion of the fulfords appears to have been elizabethan. The house was garrisoned for the royalists, but taken by fairfax in 1645 (lysons).

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon (Monograph). SDV325629.

Three c16 plaster ceilings. Hall range probably of medieval origin, but remodelled in the late c17 (cherry + pevsner).

Clark, J. + Richardson, D., 2013, Great Fulford (Un-published). SDV357594.

Medieval home of the Fulford family who have held the manor since the twelth century or earlier. A substantial courtyard mansion, remodelled circa 1800, stands hidden away in its own grounds.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV177625Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV242Migrated Record:
SDV285185Migrated Record: 1975.
SDV285191Migrated Record: ADAMS.
SDV285192Report - Survey: DOE 1959.
SDV285193Migrated Record: DOE 1986.
SDV285196Migrated Record:
SDV285197Migrated Record:
SDV285198Migrated Record:
SDV285199Migrated Record:
SDV285200Migrated Record:
SDV285201Migrated Record:
SDV285202Migrated Record:
SDV285203Migrated Record:
SDV285204Migrated Record:
SDV285205Migrated Record:
SDV285206Migrated Record:
SDV285207Migrated Record:
SDV285208Migrated Record:
SDV285209Migrated Record:
SDV285210Migrated Record:
SDV285211Migrated Record:
SDV285212Migrated Record:
SDV285213Migrated Record:
SDV285214Migrated Record:
SDV285215Migrated Record:
SDV285216Migrated Record:
SDV285217Aerial Photograph:
SDV285218Migrated Record:
SDV323771Monograph: Lysons, D. + Lysons, S.. 1822. Magna Britannica. Magna Britannica: A Concise Topographical Account of The Several Counties o. 6: Devonshire. Unknown.
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108601 ]
SDV357594Un-published: Clark, J. + Richardson, D.. 2013. Great Fulford. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.
SDV44353Migrated Record: Unattributed.
SDV943Migrated Record: GALLANT.

Associated Monuments

MDV19766Parent of: Great Fulford Chapel (Building)
MDV19767Related to: Great Fulford Deerpark (Monument)
MDV54733Related to: Great Fulford Park (Monument)
MDV37104Related to: Linhay, Great Fulford (Building)
MDV37103Related to: Tower Lodge, Great Fulford (Building)
MDV37105Related to: Walls to the Walled Garden north of Great Fulford House. (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 10 2018 4:03PM