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HER Number:MDV107333
Name:Burnford farmstead, Mary Tavy


Farmstead dates to at least the early 12th century, based on historical documentation. 19th century Tithe Map missing for this farm. The layout of the farm has not changed greatly since the late 19th century historic map depiction, although new buildings have been added to the east and west of the core of the farm.


Grid Reference:SX 495 787
Map Sheet:SX47NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMary Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Built, XIII to XIV - 1300 AD? to 1311 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Section of the Tavistock Tithe Map that should cover Burnford is missing.

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

Burnford is depicted on the late 19th century mapping with a number of buildings surrounding a yard on all four sides with a central structure. House at the northern side of the farm, a horse engine house is attached to the building on the west.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 221 (Monograph). SDV337894.

Burnford is 'Burneford' in 1311 and 'Burneford al. Burne' in 1488 document, meaning 'Ford over the Burn'.

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

Included in list but no further detail provided.

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

Most of the buildings shown on the First Edition map still appear to be unchanged. Some additional buildings have been added to the west and east of the farm.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337894Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1932. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. IX. A5 Hardback. 221.
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: #66816 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV22537Related to: Launceston Branch of the South Devon Railway (Tavistock to Launceston) (Monument)
MDV22581Related to: London and South Western Railway (Dartmoor Section) (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 25 2015 2:39PM