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HER Number:MDV102651
Name:Leather Tor Farmhouse, Walkhampton


The farmhouse was one of a pair built in 1870 and sits in the south-western corner of the farmstead. The ruins remain with gable walls still standing up to 7 metres in height.


Grid Reference:SX 566 698
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Structural remains of mostly 19th century farm buildings at Leathertor deserted medieval farmstead, Walkhampton

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (Built, XIX - 1870 AD to 1870 AD)

Full description

1840, Rendel Railway Map (Record Office Collection). SDV232791.

The Rendel Railway map indicates a building in the approximate position of the 1870-built farmhouse, although the accuracy of the map is questionable. The building may have stood on the site of the later house.

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

Farmhouse is depicted on the First Edition Map.

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

Farmhouse is depicted on the Second Edition Map.

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 61 (Un-published). SDV150434.

A well built farmhouse with large barn and outbuildings. A great deal remains, walls to gable height (7.6 metres in places). Fireplaces in both main rooms and bedrooms above, brick arched. Copper fireplace and chimney (round, diameter 0.4 metres) in back kitchen. A built on lean-to against the east wall still remains intact, slate roof patched with corrugated iron. This room is entered from the kitchen as well as two outside doors and has a very large fireplace.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1979, South West Water Authority Burrator Survey (Report - non-specific). SDV278356.

Leather Tor Farm. A group of abandoned farm buildings. Probably medieval in origin. An incomplete tinners mortarstone is built into the inside face of the north-east wall of the main farm building.

Wakeham, C., 2007, Survey and report on the ruined farmstead at Leathertor, Walkhampton, Devon, 9-12 (Report - Survey). SDV349994.

Farmhouse was one of a pair built in 1870 and sits in the south-western corner of the farmstead. The land agent for Sir Massey Lopes may be accredited with drawing up the plans. It was two-storeyed, two rooms wide and two deep. It has a staggered south-western end elevation, with gable ends standing to about 7 metres in height. The other end wall is flush and only remains to a height of about 5 metres. Only the footings of the front wall and porch survive and the back wall has been largely reduced to ground floor level only. A lean-to kitchen with monopitch roof was added to the north-eastern elevation in 1912; parts of which remain. A datestone inscribed with M. L. (Massey Lopes), and 1870 which probably was originally positioned over the porch was removed to Wembley Walk, near Burrator Lodge but was stolen during the last few years. A number of the internal walls were recorded, as well as fireplaces and windows/positions of windows.
The north-eastern wall features a possible fragment of a broken tinner’s mortar stones on the interior and a piece of reused chamfered granite – perhaps from a mullioned window – on the other side of the wall.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 61.
SDV232791Record Office Collection: 1840. Rendel Railway Map. Unknown. Unknown.
SDV278356Report - non-specific: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1979. South West Water Authority Burrator Survey. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. 18. Unknown.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #62128 ]
SDV349994Report - Survey: Wakeham, C.. 2007. Survey and report on the ruined farmstead at Leathertor, Walkhampton, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 07.06. A4 Comb Bound. 9-12.

Associated Monuments

MDV12732Part of: Leathertor Deserted Medieval Farmstead, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV102653Related to: Barn at Leather Tor Farmstead, Walkhampton (Building)
MDV102663Related to: East Leather Tor Farmhouse, Walkhampton (Building)
MDV12733Related to: Potato Cave or Hull, Leather Tor Farm, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV102660Related to: Ruined structures at Leather Tor Farmstead, Walkhampton (Building)
MDV102659Related to: West Leathertor Farmhouse, Walkhampton (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6003 - Survey and Recording Leathertor, Walkhamton (Ref: 5946)

Date Last Edited:Apr 10 2018 3:30PM