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Pawton Palace

In the civil parish of St Breock.
In the historic county of Cornwall.
Modern Authority of Cornwall.
1974 county of Cornwall.
Medieval County of Cornwall.

OS Map Grid Reference: SW95947012
Latitude 50.49521° Longitude -4.87848°

Pawton Palace has been described as a probable Palace.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Medieval manor house, chapel and deer park owned by the Bishops of Exeter. The deer park was enclosed circa 1258. The buildings are now used as a farm and include an early C17 tithe barn. (PastScape)

At Pawton the Bishops of Exeter had a manor house, chapel and park during the Middle Ages. It is now a large farm. "There are two large barns which contain ancient masonry. One of these was probably the tithe barn and the other may have been the chapel - it lies East and West, and there are remains of a spiral stone staircase in a square newel projecting from the South wall. A field on the North of the farm called the 'Graveyard'..has never yet been ploughed. There being no carved stone fragments it is very difficult to determine the date of the buildings....... the deer park fields remain" (Henderson, 1953). "...very little of the Old Manor House remains but the old mediaeval tithe barn can still be seen." (Garland). The double walls and fences of the deer park are still extant on the Barton. Pawton deer park was enclosed c 1258. (Henderson, 1963) The tithe barn at SW 95887006 is in good condition though not outstanding. It incorporates the stone staircase leading to an upper floor. There is no separate barn which can be identified as a chapel (this would probably have been incorporated within the manor house). The extent of the deer park cannot be deduced from the present hedges and the field called the 'Graveyard' is not known to the present owners. The farmhouse is modern (Field Investigators Comments–F1 NVQ 27-FEB-72). (PastScape)
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