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Monument Number 1081029

Hob Uid: 1081029
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Watchet
Grid Ref : ST0640043200
Summary : Site of a Celtic monastery and minster at Watchet. A field on the north-east side of Dawe's Castle is called Old Minster and has yielded inhumations (during the 19th century) suggesting that the site may still survive.
More information : ST061432. Celtic monastery and minster at Watchet sited to the burh at Dawe's Castle.

The present church of St Decuman's was probably Celtic in origin and probably became a minster. It had a dean and dependent chapel until the middle of the C12th. The site was abandoned in favour of another on the opposite side of the River Washford due to coastal erosion. The present church has no features dateable to a period earlier than the C13th. A field on the North-East side of Dawe's Castle is called Old Minster and has yielded inhumations (in the C19th) suggesting that the site may still survive. (1,2)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : A history of the county of Somerset: volume V
Source details :
Page(s) : 165
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Source Number : 2
Source : Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, Bath
Source details : 1986
Page(s) : 59
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Plates :
Vol(s) : 130
Source Number : 3
Source : The medieval landscape of Wessex
Source details : Hase P
Page(s) : 47-81
Figs. : 3.3
Plates :
Vol(s) : 46

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early Medieval
Display Date : C5
Monument End Date : 499
Monument Start Date : 400
Monument Type : Monastery
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence
Monument Period Name : Early Medieval
Display Date : C10-mid C12
Monument End Date : 1266
Monument Start Date : 900
Monument Type : Minster, Cemetery
Evidence : Find, Conjectural Evidence

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : ST 04 SE 95
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 188490
Relationship type : General association
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Relationship type : General association

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