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HER Number:MDV9142
Name:Site of Stover House or Stoford Lodge

Summary

Site of former house, to the north of the present house. Earthwork banks are visible in this location on aerial photographs taken in 1964 and digital images derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 836 744
Map Sheet:SX87SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTeigngrace
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishTEIGNGRACE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 447007
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87SW/20
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX87SW 3

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANSION HOUSE (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Stover House (Site of)'


Watkin, H. R., 1924 - 1925, Templer Family, 329 (Article in Serial). SDV341503.

In the manor of Teigngrace stood an old residence called on Donn's map "Stoford Lodge". James Templer pulled down the old house and built "Stover" of Dartmoor granite.


Watkin, H. R., 1930 - 1934, Teign, Teign Bruer, Teign Le Gras, Teign Graas, Teign Grace, 133-43 (Article in Serial). SDV341505.

Descent of ownership of manor given.


Ordnance Survey, 1930 - 1939, Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV336668.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX87SW 3 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV341508.

1. Stover House (Site of) shown on Ordnance Survey 6 inch 1933 Provisional Edition.
2. Believed to be older than Elizabethan. The present Stover House was built in 1776. The Grotto (at SX83837428) is believed to be as old as the original house. This Stover House is a girls' school.
3. All that remains of the original Stover House is a flat rectangular knoll with slopes 2 to 3 metres high, surrounded by a small copse of fir trees and covered with nettles. Nothing remains by which it can be dated. The Grotto is a crescent shaped subterranean stable of the 18th century date, and compares with the style of building of the present house, which is Adam, and once the seat of the Templer family.


Fairy Surveys Ltd, 1964, FSL/6412 V, FSL/6412 V 2063-064 07-FEB-1964 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357115.

Earthwork banks are visible.


Mitchell, M., 1979, Ball Clay Survey of South Devon (Archive - Survey). SDV341500.

Visited 29/06/1979. Site of former house to north of present house, now a girls' school. All that remains is flat 'knoll' circa 50 metres wide, small copse of fir trees mentioned in Ordnance Survey description now removed. Overgrown and remains undefinable. No real threat of removal. Other details: 19, worksheet 24.


Environment Agency, 1998-2017, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor, LIDAR SX8374 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017 (Cartographic). SDV361470.

Curvilinear earthwork banks are visible.


Askew Nelson Ltd, 2014, Stover Park. Parkland Plan (Un-published). SDV358318.


Askew Nelson Ltd, 2014, Stover Park. Parkland Plan, 23, 31, 36, 66 (Un-published). SDV358318.

Stover Lodge is shown on Donn's map of Devon, 1765, at which time it was owned by James Templer (1722-82) and maybe the same property that he is documenting as leasing at Teigngrace in 1760. It was a low lying property, possibly susceptible to flooding and a new house on higher ground was built between 1776 and 1780. The old house and/or its stables was kept until the mid 19th century, probably for use as services and outbuildings as the new house did not have a service wing. The site of the house is also shown on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map.
Possibly the site of Weolfred's Tomb, mentioned in an anonymous poem, 'Stover Lodge A Poem' published in 1801.


Blaylock, S., 2015, Stover Park, Devon, 6 (Report - non-specific). SDV360090.

Seven hearths are recorded in the 1674 Hearth Tax Return indicating a significantly larger than average house. It appears to have been incorporated into the 18th century designed landscape with the serpentine lake curving around it which raises the question as to whether it was intended for the house to survive as a ruin?


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2018-2019, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (Interpretation). SDV361305.

Curvilinear banks associated with Stover House within Stover Park, Teigngrace, are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs taken in 1964 and digital images derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017. The earthworks comprise banks, circa 9m wide, which form a partial sub-rectilinear shaped enclosure, circa 41m long by 35m wide.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336668Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1930 - 1939. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV341500Archive - Survey: Mitchell, M.. 1979. Ball Clay Survey of South Devon. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Survey of the Ball Clay Industry of . Mixed Archive Material.
SDV341503Article in Serial: Watkin, H. R.. 1924 - 1925. Templer Family. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 13. A4 Stapled. 329.
SDV341505Article in Serial: Watkin, H. R.. 1930 - 1934. Teign, Teign Bruer, Teign Le Gras, Teign Graas, Teign Grace. Transactions of the Torquay Natural History Society. 6. Unknown. 133-43.
SDV341508Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX87SW 3. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV357115Aerial Photograph: Fairy Surveys Ltd. 1964. FSL/6412 V. Fairy Surveys Ltd aerial photograph. Photograph (Paper). FSL/6412 V 2063-064 07-FEB-1964.
SDV358318Un-published: Askew Nelson Ltd. 2014. Stover Park. Parkland Plan. Digital. 23, 31, 36, 66.
SDV360090Report - non-specific: Blaylock, S.. 2015. Stover Park, Devon. Digital. 6.
SDV361305Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2018-2019. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley. Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV361470Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2017. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor. Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SX8374 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017. [Mapped feature: #114053 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV118720Related to: Stables in Stover Park (Building)
MDV9147Related to: Stover House (Building)
MDV56726Related to: Stover Park (Park/Garden)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7223 - Contributions on Aspects of the Architectural History, Landscape History and Archaeology of Stover Park
  • EDV7491 - Preparation of Parkland Plan for Stover Park, Newton Abbot, Devon
  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)

Date Last Edited:Nov 16 2018 12:48PM