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HER Number:MDV103145
Name:Saracen's Head, Two Bridges


An inn called the Saracen's Head was built at Two Bridges in the later 18th century. Almost completely destroyed by fire in 1866, it was rebuilt on the same site and later changed it's name to the Two Bridges Hotel.


Grid Reference:SX 608 749
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INN (Constructed, XVIII to XIX - 1767 AD to 1866 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Saracen's Head marked on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map.

Quick, T., 1992, Dartmoor Inns, 125-127 (Monograph). SDV359976.

Unsure when the inn was first built although it's thought to have originated in 1767 as an ale house when there used to be a market here between potato traders from various parts of the moor. The name was taken from part of Sir Francis Buller's family crest. It was almost completely destroyed in 1866 by fire, with only the outer walls remaining and was then rebuilt in the current form; later changing it's name to the Two Bridges Hotel.

Swete, J. (ed. Gray T. + Rowe, M.), 2000, Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Swete. Vol. 4, 49 (Monograph). SDV339713.

Swete, writing in 1797, mentions a 'little inn' that had been erected a few years ago by Francis Buller 'for the accommodation of the Traveller on the Moor'. The site he says was 'most judiciously selected, being nearly at the junction of the several Roads, proceeding from Plymouth, Tavistocke, Ashburton, and Moreton hampstead, and at a central stage as it were from them all'.

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

The site is now the Two Bridges Hotel.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #62633 ]
SDV339713Monograph: Swete, J. (ed. Gray T. + Rowe, M.). 2000. Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Swete. Vol. 4. Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Sw. 4. Hardback Volume. 49.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV359976Monograph: Quick, T.. 1992. Dartmoor Inns. Dartmoor Inns. Paperback Volume. 125-127.

Associated Monuments

MDV5940Related to: Clapper Bridge at Two Bridges (Monument)
MDV121020Related to: Quarry south-west of Two Bridges (Monument)
MDV118541Related to: Two Bridges Hotel (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 6 2018 10:54AM