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HER Number:MDV104777
Name:The Old Dairy, Princetown


The prison dairy was built in 1850, after the opening of the convict prison and was used for nearly 140 years, until a new dairy was built. Became a prison museum in the early 1990s.


Grid Reference:SX 584 741
Map Sheet:SX57SE
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

  • DAIRY (Built, XIX - 1850 AD to 1850 AD (Between))
  • MUSEUM (XX - 1990 AD to 1995 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Range of buildings around a rectangular courtyard depicted fronting Tavistock Road.

Joy, R., 2002, Dartmoor Prison A Complete Illustrated History Volume 2 The Convict Prison 1850-Present Day At Her Majesty's Pleasure, 137 (Monograph). SDV359843.

The old dairy was built after the convict prison's opening in 1850 and was used continuously for about 140 years until the new dairy was built on prison land near the back gate to the prison. The old dairy became the Prison Museum in the early 1990s.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Museum marked. The rear range has been demolished.

Pidgeon, J. R., August 1991, H. M. P. Dartmoor, Princetown. The Old Dairy (Report - Survey). SDV351995.

Survey, comprising plans, drawings and photos, undertaken of the 19th century prison dairy prior to its possible conversion to a museum. Building in use as a store at the time of the survey.

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: #64244 ]
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV351995Report - Survey: Pidgeon, J. R.. August 1991. H. M. P. Dartmoor, Princetown. The Old Dairy. A4 Stapled.
SDV359843Monograph: Joy, R.. 2002. Dartmoor Prison A Complete Illustrated History Volume 2 The Convict Prison 1850-Present Day At Her Majesty's Pleasure. Dartmoor Prison A Complete Illustrated History. 2. Hardback Volume. 137.

Associated Monuments

MDV15309Part of: Dartmoor Prison, Princetown (Building)
MDV117301Related to: Dartmoor Prison Farm (Monument)
MDV117300Related to: Prison farm estate, Princetown (Monument)
MDV51414Related to: Stables near prison, Princetown (Building)
MDV117257Related to: Tor View, Princetown (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6217 - Survey of The Old Dairy, Princetown
  • EDV7375 - Archaeological recording during construction of the Dousland to Rundlestone water main (Ref: 94.40)

Date Last Edited:Nov 8 2016 2:55PM