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HER Number:MDV102663
Name:East Leather Tor Farmhouse, Walkhampton


Longhouse dating from at least the 16th century at Leather Tor Farm. It was superseded by the late 19th century farmhouse built to the south-west of the site but continued in use as an outbuilding until the early 20th century.


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

  • LONGHOUSE (Built, XVI - 1501 AD to 1600 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Area of the longhouse can just about be distinguished on the aerial photography.

Wakeham, C., 2007, Survey and report on the ruined farmstead at Leathertor, Walkhampton, Devon, 18-19 (Report - Survey). SDV349994.

East Leathertor Farmhouse is the second building identifiable from the 1784 Ordnance Surveyor’s draft. The much disturbed remains are of a long building located on a gentle slope orientated to face either south-west or north-east. The Second Edition Ordnance Survey map suggests that this was a longhouse 22 meters in length likely to date from at least the 16th century, with 17th century and/or later additions.
The north-eastern wall has survived to a length of about 7.7 metres and part of the north-western end wall survives with a chimney stack projecting from it, although this may not be an original feature. A small section of the south-west wall was recorded with what appeared to be traces of two cross-walls in the eastern half of the building, representing two rooms in the dwelling end of the building. It is unclear whether there was a third room between these and the shippen end of the building. The First and Second edition maps show a lean-to added on the south-western side, no trace of which now remains. This may have been an extension of the structure or an attached outbuilding.
After this building was superseded by the 1870 farmhouse, it appears that it may have been retained for use as an outbuilding. A photograph taken in 1888 shows part of the building was still in use as a thatched structure.

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

Part of the north-eastern boundary of the original area of the structure is indicated on the map.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #62141 ]
SDV349994Report - Survey: Wakeham, C.. 2007. Survey and report on the ruined farmstead at Leathertor, Walkhampton, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 07.06. A4 Comb Bound. 18-19.

Associated Monuments

MDV12732Part of: Leathertor Deserted Medieval Farmstead, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV102653Related to: Barn at Leather Tor Farmstead, Walkhampton (Building)
MDV102651Related to: Leather Tor Farmhouse, Walkhampton (Building)
MDV102667Related to: Ruined farm building at Leather Tor Farm, Walkhampton (Building)
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