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HER Number:MDV3195
Name:Cider Press on Doetor Farm

Summary

A granite wheel used in cider press, stone unfinished. Set in the outer fence of the enclosures at the abandoned Doetor Farm, Peter Tavy. The perforation to take the axle is incomplete, extending less than halfway through the stone.

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

  • National Monuments Record: 1143686
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SW/11

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CIDER PRESS (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1950, The Moorstone Age, Part 2, 335 (Article in Serial). SDV336081.

Doetor farm. Granite wheel used in cider press, plane (plain?) on side towards the centre of the pound stone, and convex on the side towards the circumference, the tread of the wheel is slightly rounded and is fluted parallel to the axle. Stone at Doetor is unfinished; set in the outer fence of the enclosures. The perforation to take the axle is incomplete, extending less than halfway through the stone.


Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor, 921 (Monograph). SDV249702.

In the west boundary hedge of the farm enclosures, fifteen yards from a carefully rounded corner directly below the ruined farmhouse, is a fine apple-crusher: its diameter 3 feet 5 inches, thickness 7 1/2 inches and squared centre hole approximately 6 1/2 inches square, it is the sole relic of the cider-mill that probably existed at the farm in former times. Worth's pertinent observation is: "The stone at Doe Tor Farm is unfinished ... The perforation to take the axle is incomplete, extending less than halfway through the stone.
As the stone now stands one cannot see the failure or imperfection which probably accounts for its abandonment".


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

SX53518494. The dressed circular millstone described by Worth lies against an unmaintained field boundary 150 metres west of the ruins of Doe Tor farmhouse. The stone measures 1.0 metre in diameter and is 0.2 metres thick; a rectangular hole 0.1 metre deep is cut into its centre.


Fletcher, M. J., 2001, Doetor Farm cider press (Report - Survey). SDV350640.

This circular stone is as described.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 921.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1950. The Moorstone Age, Part 2. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 82. A5 Hardback. 335.
  • 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.
  • Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 2001. Doetor Farm cider press. English Heritage. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV103222Related to: Doe Tor Farm a deserted farmstead on Doetor Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Nov 19 2012 11:47AM