Cromwell's Arch and adjacent arch


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1003831

Date first listed: 23-Jan-1948


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: Teignbridge (District Authority)

Parish: Bovey Tracey

National Grid Reference: SX 81501 78499, SX 81510 78491


Two medieval arches at the eastern end of Abbey Road, Bovey Tracey.

Reasons for Designation

The arches in Abbey Road, Bovey Tracey are probably the only remains of an ecclesiastical institution which had been established here during the medieval period. Such institutions were suppressed in 1539 as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries, although some smaller institutions did survive until 1547 when they were dissolved by Edward VI. The Priory which existed here possibly had links to a hospital.


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This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 3 November 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument, which falls into two areas, includes two medieval arches situated at the eastern end of Abbey Road in Bovey Tracey. The eastern arch survives as a high, wide pointed arch up to 2.6m high and 2.6m wide made from moulded granite. The west face has a rebate for a door and holes for a latch and there is a single hinge pin on the southern side. The western arch is of similar construction and measures up 2.1m high and 1.4m wide and has no evidence for hinges or fastenings. It forms the entrance to a graveyard. Both arches date to the 15th century. The smaller arch bears an inscription of 1823 which probably relates to its re-erection. Both arches are the remnants of a religious foundation on this site which may have been part of Indio Priory connected with St John’s Hospital at Bridgwater. The original chapel was demolished in 1822 when the present Baptist Chapel was built.

Both arches are Listed Grade II.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: DV 213

Legacy System: RSM - OCN


PastScape Monument No:- 446859

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