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Armorial Bearings at the "Abbot's Lodge", The Close, Exeter

Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 9:2, (1916), illus., pp. 97-99.


Thomas Grace

Prepared by Michael Steer

It seems unlikely that the Abbots of Buckfast ever used their Lodge on a regular basis. It is cited as belonging to the abbots in a document from 1431. It seems more likely that the property was let by the abbey to various members of the clergy associated with Exeter Cathedral. At either end of the principal apartment in the Lodge, in the spandrels above the springing of the roof, were three plasterwork heraldic decorations which depicted the coats of arms of various local families as well as a fourth depicting the Royal arms of Elizabeth I. These are the focus of Grace's Note. In May 1942, Exeter suffered a heavy air-raid and the Abbot's Lodge received a direct hit from a high-explosive bomb. Four people in the building at the time were killed and the Abbot's Lodge, including the decorative plasterwork, was totally destroyed. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. The copy of this rare book is held in the Library of Arthur William Bryant Messenger, and is available from the Internet Archive.

Baskett, Christian 97
Burke 98
Carew 98
Clark of Halberton, arms 98
Crosse, Alice 97
Crosse arms 97
Crosse, John 97
Elizabeth I 99
Fortescue arms 98
Fortescue, John of Fallapit 99
Fortescue, Joan 99
Gilbert arms 97-8
Gilbert, Christian 97
Gilbert, Elizabeth 97
Gilbert, John 97
Gough arms 98
Orchard arms 97
Orchard, Christian 97
Orchard family 97
Orchard, William 97
Portman, Alice 97
Portman arms 97-8
Portman, Christian 97
Portman, Elizabeth 97
Portman, Walter 97
Portman, William 97
Portman, Sir William Bt 97
Portman arms 97
Portman family of Orchard Portman 97
Rolle arms 98-9
Rolle, Elizabeth 98
Rolle, Sir Henry of Stevenstone 98-9
Rolle, Joan 99
Trevett arms 97-8
Trevett, Thomas 97
Watts of Cotlington, arms (also Callington) 98
Watts of London, arms 98-9
Watts, Elizabeth 98
Watts, Roger 98
Weekes, Miss Ethel Lega 97
Were, Mr F 97-8
Wybbery arms 98