Tavistock Abbey, Tavistock - West Devon

Tavistock Abbey is central to the history and character of the medieval town which developed around it. The Saxon foundation of the abbey places it amongst the earliest of the medieval religious houses founded in Britain. Its occupation from 974 to 1579 included continuous use by the same Benedictine order for over five and a half centuries. The ruins are suffering from water ingress and damaging vegetation growth. Historic England has offered a grant to carry out a full condition survey and conservation management plan for the West Gate House (Betsy Grimbals Tower) and the Still Tower.

Tavistock Abbey, Tavistock - West Devon
© Historic England

Site Details

    Designated Site Name:
    Tavistock Abbey
    Heritage Category:
    Scheduled Monument
    List Entry Number:
    1020401
    Local Planning Authority:
    West Devon
    Site Type:
    Religious ritual and funerary > Religious house

Location

    Building Name:
    Tavistock Abbey
    County:
    Devon
    District / Borough:
    West Devon
    Parish:
    Tavistock
    Parliamentary Constituency:
    Torridge and West Devon
    Region:
    South West

Assessment Information

    Assessment Type:
    Building or structure
    Condition:
    Poor
    Occupancy / Use:
    Not applicable
    Priority:
    C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
    Previous Priority:
    C
    Ownership:
    Mixed, multiple owners
    Designation:
    Scheduled Monument, 16 LBs, CA, WHS