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HER Number:MDV107337
Name:Ley farmstead, Mary Tavy


Farmstead dates to at least the mid 15th century, based on documentary sources, but may be older. Depicted on the Tithe Map, the layout of the farmstead remained unchanged until the mid-late 20th century, when a number of modern farm buildings were added.


Grid Reference:SX 509 797
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMary Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMARY TAVY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XIV to XV - 1400 AD to 1443 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Ley is depicted on the Tithe Map, 454 on the Mary Tavy apportionment ('House, yard and outhouses'). The farm comprises four main buildings, wit the rectangular farmhouse on the east of the yard, with a building adjoining it to the north. Two more detached buildings lie on the western side of the yard.

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

The layout of the farm is largely unchanged from the Tithe Map depiction; the building shown on the north-west of the farm has gone and been replaced by two smaller buildings and additionally, two very small structures have been added to the north of the farmhouse.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Largely similar to previous depictions; the extra building on the west shown in the late 19th century map is now gone and there is another building shown at the south-eastern side of the farm.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 202 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Ley is 'Leye' in 1443 Feet of Fines for Devon.

GetMapping, 1999 - 2000, Dartmoor 1999-2000 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345751.

The late 20th century aerial photograph shows a whole range of buildings have been added to the farm, particularly at the south-eastern end. These are not shown on the 1940s aerial photograph of the farm.

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

Included on list, no further detail provided.

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

The modern map of the farm shows a wide range of buildings surround the original centre of the farm, mostly grouped at the south-east and north-west ends 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. 202.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV345751Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Dartmoor 1999-2000 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital). Digital.
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: #66819 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV56149Related to: Mine shaft north of Ley Farm, Mary Tavy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 21 2014 9:59AM