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HER Number:MDV9095
Name:North Gate, High Street, Totnes


Remains of the medieval North Gate of the walled town of Totnes which was renovated in the 20th century.


Grid Reference:SX 800 605
Map Sheet:SX86SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTotnes
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishTOTNES

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX86SW/42
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 99086

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GATE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Whitley, H. M., 1916, Totnes Castle and Walled Town, 196 (Article in Serial). SDV342886.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951 - 1957, SX86SW12 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV342928.

Remains of North Gate of the walled town of Totnes built of ragstone with an archway of rounded Norman form which may be coeval with the castle. It would appear that the road has been lowered and the top of the gate partly removed. The gate is rather narrow from north to south and probably is a postern gate made through the old town wall which would therefore appear to be some three metres thick.

Unknown, 1984, Unknown (Photograph). SDV342929.

Keystone Historic Buildings Consultants, 1996, Assessment of Civic Centre Area, Totnes (Report - Assessment). SDV340328.

Green, T., 2008, North Gate Lodge, Castle Street, Totnes: Results of an Archaeological Desk-Based Study, 6 (Report - Assessment). SDV342884.

The stone arch of the northgate of Totnes stands astride Castle Street and is thought to date from the 12th century. It is set within the circuit of the former town wall a short distance from the eastern entrance to the inner bailey of the castle. It has been suggested that it was originally a postern or secondary gate perhaps providing access to the riverside marshes to the north.

English Heritage, 2009, List of Buildings of Architectural or Historic Interest (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV343181.

Northgate in Totnes Listed on 7th January 1952. Remains of Medieval town gateway, renovated circa 1940. Probably had a chamber over the gateway approached by a flight of steps on the west side. Coursed Devonian limestone rubble with modern parapet. Round arched gateway with rubble voussoirs.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV340328Report - Assessment: Keystone Historic Buildings Consultants. 1996. Assessment of Civic Centre Area, Totnes. Keystone Historic Buildings Consultants Report. K477. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV342884Report - Assessment: Green, T.. 2008. North Gate Lodge, Castle Street, Totnes: Results of an Archaeological Desk-Based Study. Southwest Archaeology Report. 060915. A4 Stapled + Digital. 6.
SDV342886Article in Serial: Whitley, H. M.. 1916. Totnes Castle and Walled Town. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 48. A5 Hardback. 196.
SDV342928Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951 - 1957. SX86SW12. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV342929Photograph: Unknown. 1984. Unknown. Slide.
SDV343181List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2009. List of Buildings of Architectural or Historic Interest. Historic Houses Register. Unknown.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #109300 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV18248Related to: Castle Bailey, Totnes (Building)
MDV21815Related to: Medieval Borough of Totnes (Monument)
MDV75678Related to: Northgate Lodge, Castle Street, Totnes (Building)
MDV15239Related to: Saxon Burh, Totnes (Monument)
MDV9063Related to: Totnes Castle (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4545 - Assessment of Northgate Lodge, Castle Street, Totnes

Date Last Edited:Oct 31 2012 10:19AM