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HER Number:MDV103222
Name:Doe Tor Farm a deserted farmstead on Doetor Common

Summary

Remains of Doe Tor Farm; a post-medieval farmstead dating to the mid 18th century. Farm was abandoned circa 1955

Location

Grid Reference:SX 536 849
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLydford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XVIII to XX - 1750 AD to 1959 AD)

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880 - 1899, First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Doetor Farm' is depicted on the late 19th century historic map.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Doetor Farm' is depicted on the early 20th century historic map as a group of buildings and small enclosures.


Ordnance Survey, 1950-1954, Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV350147.

Farm is depicted on the mid-1950s historic map; shortly before it was abandoned.


Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S., 1998, Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy, Devon; an Archaeological Survey, 11-12 (Report - Survey). SDV350638.

Doetor Farm is typical of the post-medieval period, possessing large regular fields bounded by walls rather than turf and stone banks. Along with Redford and probably Yellowmead, these farmsteads were established in the period 1540-1900 and are marked by the provision of separate livestock and domestic living accommodation, rather than the two functions being combined under one roof as seen elsewhere.
Optimistically established on the very edge of the cultivable land, Doetor like a number of similar farmsteads on Dartmoor appears to have flourished for a time before being abandoned as uneconomic or uninhabitable.


English Heritage, 2005, Post-Medieval Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV350639.

Doe Tor Farm, a ruined farmstead. It dates from the late 18th century and was abandoned after 1954.


Wessex Archaeology, 2007, Doe Tor Farm: Historic Site Appraisal and Survey (Report - Survey). SDV352089.

Doe Tor Farm was probably established in the 1730s and abandoned circa 1955. Records and photographs exist for the 1930-1950 period. The field survey recorded surviving surface features. The first apparent reference to buildings at or near Doe Tor Farm is made in 1740 when it was known as 'Dotter Green'. In the mid 18th century it was known as 'Doter Green'. The survival of papers, photographs and oral recollection from the 1930s onwards have enhanced the historical importance of the site. The survey includes cartographic and photograpic records and the buildings identified include
a two storey dwelling house, barn, linhay, shippon, outhouse, calf shed and the site of a possible Dutch hay barn. Other faciliteies included a vegetable garden, a flower garden and a yard,


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Remains of the foundations can be seen on the aerial photography.


Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Remains of the abandoned farmstead are visble on the modern mapping. Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880 - 1899. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
  • Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1950-1954. Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Map. Digital.
  • Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S.. 1998. Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy, Devon; an Archaeological Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 11-12.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
  • Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Post-Medieval Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
  • Report - Survey: Wessex Archaeology. 2007. Doe Tor Farm: Historic Site Appraisal and Survey. Wessex Archaeology Report. 62760.01. A4 Spiral Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV3195Related to: Cider Press on Doetor Farm (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6231 - Doe Tor Farm: Historical Site Appraisal and Survey (Ref: 62760.01)

Date Last Edited:Sep 6 2013 2:55PM