MEM25273 - Post-medieval walled garden east of St George's Church (Monument)


A walled garden dates is shown on historic mapping. Part of the garden may or may not have been incorporated into the church graveyard at some point in the mid to late 19th Century.

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Two plots of land are shown to the east and northeast of St George's Church on the Dunster Tithe Map. They are labelled 58 and 59, and are described in the Apportionment as "Wall Garden". [1] A map of 1790 shows the northern plot, but does not indicate its function. The southern area is subdivided and includes a house (MEM23774). The southern plot also does not include a small section of land around the eastern end of the church.[2] The 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map depicts the two areas of land and shows them laid out with paths and trees. The area immediately adjacent to the church is labelled "graveyard". There is a path through from the graveyard into the southern land parcel, and a path between the northern and southern plots. A blue crosshatched area is shown in the northeastern corner of the northern plot, suggesting this was a glasshouse. [3] The footprint of the plots is repeated on the 25 inch 2nd Edition map. The glasshouse is also shown; however, the paths and planting is not depicted. [4] The two land parcels are shown on the 2022 MasterMap data. The glasshouse is not visible. A small addition to the Tithe Barn on its southern elevation encroaches into the northern land parcel. [5] It is not clear whether the area to the east of the church was ever incorporated into the walled garden (as shown on the Tithe Map). This is either a mapping error on this document, or the land was only ever briefly included in the garden, perhaps after the houses were removed. [6] The former walled kitchen gardens of Dunster Castle to the north and east of the Parish Church are now known as The Priory Gardens, and were bought by the town in 1980. They form a remarkably extensive and tranquil historic landscape feature within the heart of Dunster and contain a variety of ornamental trees and shrubs as well as some ancient cordoned fruit trees. [7]

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  • <1> Map: 1842. Dunster Tithe Map and Apportionment. 6 chains = 1 inch.
  • <2> Map: Unknown. 1790. Map of Dunster. 5 chains: 1 inch.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. County Series; 2nd Edition (1st Revision) 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <5>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2022. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #48079 Current extent of garden, ]
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 24 August 2022.
  • <7> Report: Pratt, N. and Thurlow, T.. 2018. Dunster Conservation Area: appraisal document. Exmoor National Park Authority. p 15, 18, 66, 67, 71, Figures 15, 66, 72.

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  • Local List Status (Rejected)



Grid reference Centred SS 9907 4367 (75m by 77m) May have extended further in early 19th Century
Map sheet SS94SE

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Record last edited

Aug 31 2022 4:50PM


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