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HER Number:MDV8960
Name:Archway in Abbey Road, Bovey Tracey


Medieval granite archway to north-west of Cromwell's Arch. The arch, which now forms the southern entrance to the burial ground, may have been moved to its present location from the chapel when the latter was demolished in 1822 to make way for the present Baptist Chapel in Hind Street.


Grid Reference:SX 815 784
Map Sheet:SX87NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBovey Tracey
Ecclesiastical ParishBOVEY TRACEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87NW/31/1
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 84476
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 84477
  • Old SAM County Ref: 213
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX87NW5.1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ARCH (XIII to XV - 1300 AD to 1500 AD (Between))

Full description

Ministry of Works, 'Cromwell's Arch' and Adjacent Arch, Bovey Tracey (Schedule Document). SDV346749.

Cromwell's Arch and adjacent arch in Bovey Tracey.
The adjacent arch is a smaller 15th century granite arch consisting of four stones. The mouldings run all around with stops at the bases. It is moulded on both faces and there are no indications of hinges or fastenings. This arch has certainly been re-erected in its present position where it forms the entrance to the graveyard of the baptist church. It is highly probable that this arch belongs to the same building as 'Cromwell's Arch'. The adjacent wall is not protected.
Other details: Monument 213.

Hyde, H. B., 1921, Bovey Beads, 21 (Monograph). SDV340032.

Inner arch inscribed '1823 JS'.

Hole, M. A., 1930, Sketches of Bovey Tracey and District, 35-36 (Monograph). SDV288939.

Radford, C. + Radford, C. A. R., 1949, Nineteenth Report on Ancient Monuments, 51 (Article in Serial). SDV25123.

Department of Environment, 1952, Newton Abbot RD, 18 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV304573.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953 - 1954, SX87NW5.1 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346747.

The inner arch to the north-west of Cromwell's Arch is similar to it but slightly smaller. Fitted with a gate and covered with a rounded brick arch it is dated 1864. Both arches 14th century but faced in modern times.Together they are the only remains of this one time sacred retreat.

Hargreaves, A., 1968, Bovey Tracey History and Legend, 28-9 (Monograph). SDV299525.

Other details: Figure.

Department of Environment, 1986, Bovey Tracey, 25 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV297013.

Laithwaite, J. M. W., 1987, Bovey Tracey (Report - Survey). SDV347714.

Local tradition associates the Baptist Chapel in Hind Street and the two medieval arches at the southern end of its burying ground with a former monastery although there is no documentary evidence to support this. The smaller arch is of granite, pointed, with two sets of quarter-round mouldings. The implication from articles written by William Ellis in the later 19th century that this arch was moved from the medieval chapel when the latter was demolished in 1822.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV25123Article in Serial: Radford, C. + Radford, C. A. R.. 1949. Nineteenth Report on Ancient Monuments. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 81. A5 Hardback. 51.
SDV288939Monograph: Hole, M. A.. 1930. Sketches of Bovey Tracey and District. Sketches of Bovey Tracey and District. Unknown. 35-36.
SDV297013List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1986. Bovey Tracey. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 25.
SDV299525Monograph: Hargreaves, A.. 1968. Bovey Tracey History and Legend. Bovey Tracey History and Legend. Unknown. 28-9.
SDV304573List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1952. Newton Abbot RD. Historic Houses Register. A4 Single Sheet. 18.
SDV340032Monograph: Hyde, H. B.. 1921. Bovey Beads. Bovey Beads. Unknown. 21.
SDV346747Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953 - 1954. SX87NW5.1. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346749Schedule Document: Ministry of Works. 'Cromwell's Arch' and Adjacent Arch, Bovey Tracey. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV347714Report - Survey: Laithwaite, J. M. W.. 1987. Bovey Tracey. Devon Religious Houses Survey. 14. A4 Stapled + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV112285Related to: Baptist Burial Ground, Bovey Tracey (Monument)
MDV20679Related to: Baptist Chapel, Hind Street, Bovey Tracey (Building)
MDV8959Related to: Chapel, Hind Street, Bovey Tracey (Building)
MDV86390Related to: Cromwell's Arch, Abbey Road, Bovey Tracey (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 22 2015 11:12AM