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Keynedon Barton

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Kennedon Farm

In the civil parish of Frogmore and Sherford.
In the historic county of Devonshire.
Modern Authority of Devon.
1974 county of Devon.
Medieval County of Devon.

OS Map Grid Reference: SX77474328
Latitude 50.27677° Longitude -3.72096°

Keynedon Barton has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Forecourt walls, remains of gateway and barn to Keynedon Farmhouse. C15, barn probably C17. Slate stone rubble walls. The battlemented wall still shows on the south side but on the north it has been concealed by the building of the barn probably in the C17. The moulded jambs of the main gate on the East side still survive as high as the springing and the wall to the side of it has a chamfered plinth and moulded string. The C15 gate-tower above the arch was demolished in the late C19. (Listed Building Report)

At the beginning of the 16th century the open area to the front of the house was enclosed on its fourth side by a curtain wall containing a gateway or gatehouse, creating a more formal entrance court. The wall is built of high quality slate ashlar, and aligned on the front door is a wide gateway with heavy double roll-moulded jambs. Springers for a flattened segmental or four-centred arch survive. A draw-bar hole survives in the south jamb. To the south of the gate is a scar where a wall flanking the gateway has been removed. This may have formed the south wall of a gatehouse. (Devon and Dartmoor HER ref. Waterhouse)

There are a number of blocked window openings in the courtyard walls. Seems unlikely that battlemented walls were really fortifications but the lost gatehouse may have been a more defensive feature. This was a small but significant late medieval manor house at one time noted for its stained heraldic windows.
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