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HER Number:MDV8822
Name:Remains of mansion house at Wray Barton

Summary

Ruins of former manor house in grounds of Wray Barton. Late Medieval wall surviving up to first floor height of granite ashlar with dressed granite detail. This site is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Wercia or Wergi and was a separate manor from Moreton.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 770 845
Map Sheet:SX78SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMoretonhampstead
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishMORETONHAMPSTEAD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SE/2
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANOR HOUSE (Constructed, XI to Late Medieval - 1001 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Lysons, D. + Lysons, S., 1822, Magna Britannica, 387 (Monograph). SDV323771.

On the left hand side of the road to Bovey Tracey, about 2 miles from Moretonhampstead, is Wray Barton, called Wercia or Wergi in the Domesday Book. It was in the hands of Godwin, an English thegn. Below the present house, and to the south of it, there are remains of the old manor house which must have been a large building, as foundations of walls have been found some distance to the east.


Reichel, O. J., 1897, The Domesday Hundreds 5: The Hundred of Teignbridge, 230 (Article in Serial). SDV283555.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX78SE16, 12/5/1953 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV280693.

Scanty remains of old house centred at SX77018455. Details of surviving sites on Ordnance Survey card.


Hughes, G. W. G., 1954, Moretonhampstead, 85-6 (Article in Serial). SDV314001.


Andrews, J. H. B., 1962, Chittlehampton, 243 (Article in Serial). SDV82648.

Footings of a possible chapel at SX76968462 one of eight manors held by Godwin of Chittlehampton, one of the few English thanes to retain his estates after the conquest.


Department of Environment, 1987, Moretonhampstead, 67 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV337636.

Ruins of former manor house in grounds of Wray Barton. Late medieval wall surviving up to first floor height of granite ashlar with dressed granite detail. Doorway at centre with projecting lateral stack to right. The doorway has a chamfered pointed arch and is rebated for a door. The chimney projection to the right has a chamfered plinth. On the reverse are the vestiges of the fireplace; chamfered well-cut jambs and the beginnings of a shouldered lintel, the lintel itself has gone. This site is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Wercia or Wergi and was a separate manor from Moreton. White's directory for 1878 mentions a large Tudor mansion here, presumably the present ruins, which must have been abandoned or at least downgraded when the 19th century house was built nearby.


Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Depicted on the modern mapping.


Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

MORETONHAMPSTEAD SX 78 SE 5/106 Ruins of old manor house - 23.8.55 approximately 40 metres south- - south-east of Wray Barton II
Ruins of former manor house in grounds of Wray Barton (q.v.). Late Medieval wall surviving up to first floor height of granite ashlar with dressed granite detail. Doorway at centre with projecting lateral stack to right. The doorway has a chamfered pointed arch and is rebated for a door. The chimney projection to the right has a chamfered plinth. On the reverse are vestiges of the fireplace; chamfered well-cut jambs and the beginnings of a shouldered lintel, the lintel itself has gone.
This site is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Wercia or Wergi and was a separate manor from Moreton. White's Directory for 1878 mentions a large Tudor mansion here, presumably the present ruins, which must have been abandoned or at least downgraded when the C19 house was built nearby.
Listing NGR: SX7701084564

Sources / Further Reading

SDV280693Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX78SE16. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. 12/5/1953.
SDV283555Article in Serial: Reichel, O. J.. 1897. The Domesday Hundreds 5: The Hundred of Teignbridge. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 29. A5 Hardback. 230.
SDV314001Article in Serial: Hughes, G. W. G.. 1954. Moretonhampstead. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 86. Unknown. 85-6.
SDV323771Monograph: Lysons, D. + Lysons, S.. 1822. Magna Britannica. Magna Britannica: A Concise Topographical Account of The Several Counties o. 6: Devonshire. Unknown. 387.
SDV337636List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. Moretonhampstead. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 67.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108907 ]
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV82648Article in Serial: Andrews, J. H. B.. 1962. Chittlehampton. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 94. A5 Hardback. 243.

Associated Monuments

MDV112074Related to: Wray Barton Farm, Moretonhampstead (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:May 14 2018 3:05PM