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
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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


  • 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