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HER Number:MDV107290
Name:Lower Beardon, Lydford


The settlement at Beardon was mentioned in Domesday. Farmstead depicted on the Tithe Map. Also known as 'Beardone', 'Burydon' and 'Bearden' in the past. Farmstead layout appears largely unchanged since the 19th century depictions, with the exception of a large modern building on the west of the farm.


Grid Reference:SX 518 842
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLydford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SW/94

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XI to Late Medieval - 1001 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Lower Bearden depicted on the Tithe Map, 976 on the Peter Tavy apportionment - 'house and courtlage' (yard). This farm consists of a joined range of buildings around three sides of a central yard (south, east and north). The farmhouse is on the south of the yard.

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

Lower Beardon is depicted on the late 19th century historic map and appears unchanged from the Tithe Map depiction.

Reichel, O. J., 1896, The Domesday Hundreds: Listone, 470 (Article in Serial). SDV2119.

Two neighbouring farmsteads named Higher and Lower Beardon. Domesday manor of 'Ferding', held by Fulco of Alured the Breton.

Reichel, O. J., 1914, The Hundred of Lifton in the Time of Testa de Nevil, AD 1243, 196 (Article in Serial). SDV336448.

Tenancies given at the time of Testa de Nevil, 1243.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 232 (Monograph). SDV1312.

'Beardon' is mentioned as 'Buredone' & 'Burydon' in 1242.

White, P., 2013, Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads (Un-published). SDV352501.

Included on list. No further information provided.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Farmstead is largely the same as it's earlier map depictions, with some small alterations to the buildings on the north of the yard and the addition of a square building to the west of the farm.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 232.
SDV2119Article in Serial: Reichel, O. J.. 1896. The Domesday Hundreds: Listone. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 28. Unknown. 470.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336448Article in Serial: Reichel, O. J.. 1914. The Hundred of Lifton in the Time of Testa de Nevil, AD 1243. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 46. A5 Paperback. 196.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #66795 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV15958Related to: Higher Beardon, Lydford (Monument)
MDV62774Related to: Lydford, Beardon Mill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 30 2014 3:32PM