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HER Number:MDV90822
Name:Forecourt Walls, Keynedon Barton


Slate stone rubble forecourt walls and remains of gateway to Keynedon Farmhouse, 15th century.


Grid Reference:SX 774 432
Map Sheet:SX74SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishFrogmore and Sherford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHERFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOUNDARY WALL (Built, XV - 1401 AD to 1500 AD (Between))

Full description

Waterhouse, R. E., 2000, Keynedon Barton, Sherford, Kingsbridge, 133-7, 151 (Article in Serial). SDV336355.

At the beginning of the 16th century extensive developments took place at Keynedon Barton. The open area to the front of the house was enclosed on its fourth side by a curtain wall containing a gateway or gatehouse, creating a more formal entrance court. Later in the 16th century crenellations were added to this wall and a new crenellated side wall was added, which screened and excluded the threshing barn on the south side of the forecourt. A high wall fronts the outer courtyard, built of high quality slate ashlar with occasional putlog holes, on a chamfered plinth. A bead and cavetto moulded string course finishes the top, but no stonework survives above this level. Aligned on the front door of the house is a wide gateway with heavy double roll-moulded jambs. To the south of the gate is a scar where a wall flanking the gateway has been removed, which may have formed the south wall of a gatehouse. At the south of the surviving curtain wall, remains of a wall walk are traceable, which descend via a flight of steps to ground level.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

Forecourt walls and remains of gateway to Keynedon Farmhouse, 15th century. Slate stone rubble walls. The battlemented wall still shows on the south side but on the north it has been concealed by the building of the barn probably in the l7th century. The moulded jambs of the main gate on the east side still survive as high as the springing and the wall to the side of it has a chamfered plinth and moulded string. The 15th century gate-tower above the arch was demolished in the late 19th century. There are a number of blocked window openings in the courtyard walls. Source: unpublished notes of Dr. E.A. Gee and G.W. Copeland.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336355Article in Serial: Waterhouse, R. E.. 2000. Keynedon Barton, Sherford, Kingsbridge. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 58. A5 Paperback. 133-7, 151.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV90591Part of: Keynedon Barton (Monument)
MDV18999Related to: Remains of Gatehouse, Keynedon Barton (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 27 2012 2:17PM