MDE20833 - Twitchen (Place)


The manor of Twitchen belonged to Queen Edith before the Conquest.

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Full Description

Twitchen was Tucheinge in Domesday. It was part of the Manor of North Molton and belonged to the King. Before the conquest it belonged to Queen Edith. King John gave them to Roger de la Zouche, who was in possession in 1220. Roger's son Alan succeeded him and in 1241 held the Manor of Northmouton, "by what service is not known" (Testa de Nevil). Nicholas de St. Maur was Lord in 1316. [1] The name Twitchen occurs in many North Devon parishes. It could mean two valleys, or the land between two currents or streams. [2] Twitchen means land covered with rough herbage such as twitch grass. [3] Lega-Weekes gives several possible alternative Anglo-Saxon derivations. [4] The village of Twitchen was mapped using historic mapping available to the HER. [5-7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Monograph: Reichel, O. J.. 1928-1938. Hundreds of Devon: The Hundred of Shirwell in Early Times. 76, 522-526.
  • <2> Serial: 1900 -. Devon and Cornwall notes and queries. JF Chanter, volume 5, part 1 (1908-1909), 174.
  • <3> Serial: 1900 -. Devon and Cornwall notes and queries. F Were, volume 5, part 1 (1908-1909), 258.
  • <4> Serial: 1900 -. Devon and Cornwall notes and queries. E Lega-Weekes, volume, 5 part 1 (1908-1909), 260-262.
  • <5> Map: 1841. Twitchen Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.



Grid reference Centred SS 789 304 (252m by 201m) (Historic mapping)
Map sheet SS73SE

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  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 18284
  • Devon SMR: SS73SE/542
  • Local Plan - Historic Core

Record last edited

Jul 30 2018 4:05PM


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