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HER Number:MDV107696
Name:Monrovia, Blackdown


House dates to at least the early-mid 19th century, based on the cartographic evidence, although may be older. Depicted on the Tithe Map. Originally built as a group of small cottages; probably mine workers cottages. Parts of the outbuilding in the garden appear to date to the early 20th century.


Grid Reference:SX 502 799
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

  • HOUSE (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1840 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Depicted on the Mary Tavy Tithe Map. Appears to be one rectangular property, aligned east-west, set within a plot. 580 on the Apportionment: 'Houses; part of Lane Head Village'.

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

The late 19th century map shows the property is subdivided into four small sections; presumably separate dwellings with small extension on the eastern end of the building.

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

Early 20th century historic map shows no change to the main structure, but three small structures have been added in the garden plot, two against the northern boundary.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

House has been extended to the north and the outbuildings shown on the northern boundary of the garden on the early 20th century map have been combined into one long narrow building.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2011, Mary Tavy Conservation Area Character Appraisal, 11 (Report - Assessment). SDV359468.

Blackdown, historically a separate settlement, since at least the 14th century was essentially a linear development along what is now the A385, Okehampton to Tavistock Road. In 1828 at the time the Tithe Map was drawn up, it was called Lane Head Village and comprised a scattered distribution of small cottages and gardens, most of the buildings are likely to have been miners’ cottages.

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

Depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

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).
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #67115 ]
SDV359468Report - Assessment: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2011. Mary Tavy Conservation Area Character Appraisal. Dartmoor National Park Authority. Digital. 11.

Associated Monuments

MDV114630Related to: 1-2 Moorside, Blackdown (Building)
MDV114631Related to: Building north of the Royal Standard, Blackdown (Building)
MDV114647Related to: Butcher's shop, Mary Tavy (Building)
MDV114649Related to: Coach house north of Prince Arthur House, Blackdown (Building)
MDV114632Related to: Homeleigh, Blackdown (Building)
MDV114648Related to: Prince Arthur House, Balckdown (Building)
MDV71996Related to: Roadside milestone at Blackdown (Monument)
MDV114633Related to: Standard Court, Blackdown (Building)
MDV114634Related to: The Royal Standard, Blackdown (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 15 2016 9:08AM