A Truly Historic Venue – 1,000 Years and Counting
When you choose Tawstock Court for your wedding, corporate event or other celebration,
you’ll take your place in our history. A history that dates back almost 1,000 years and
includes being visited by Charles II…
The Tawstock Estate was mentioned originally in the Domesday Book. There has been a manor house at Tawstock Court since the late 13th century. The name ‘court’ derives from the fact that the lord’s manor was the administrative and judicial center, not just for Tawstock but for other manors over which it had jurisdiction.
The size or description of the above manor house at this time is unknown but it would have been an altogether smaller affair than the 1740 painting of Tawstock Court which was probably commissioned by Sir Bourchier Wrey, 6th Baronet.
The mansion in the picture was described as ‘the largest and best finished in the county’. It occupied an imposing site over the River Taw and Codden Hill with formal lawns and gardens extending down the hill towards the church. A pathway was accessed through the gardens towards the church through the pillared gateway and into the church.
This manor house in the picture was almost completed destroyed by fire on 10th November 1787.