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HER Number:MDV108041
Name:Smallholding known as Twist, north-east of Boulters Tor


Small early medieval farm on the edge of the moor; part of the Cudlipptown manor. Mentioned in the Domesday Book. Depicted on the historic maps dating to the late 19th century (and probably Tithe Map; not accessible at this time). Deserted in 20th century and now derelict.


Grid Reference:SX 527 782
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork banks representing a possible medieval or earlier field system north-east of Boulters Tor and structural remains of smallholding buildings

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SMALLHOLDING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Late 19th century map shows this holding (not named). It consists of two adjoining buildings set on the edge of a triangular enclosure.

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

The early 20th century map shows the same layout as the late 19th century historic map, and the holding is labelled 'Twist'. A footpath is shown running northwards to the farm (only partly shown on the late 19th century edition).

Peter Tavy Heritage Group, 2002, The Book of Peter Tavy with Cudlipptown, 137-9 (Monograph). SDV357134.

'Twist' ('Twyste') is one of the two farm mentioned in the Domesday Book for the manor of Cudlipptown (the other being Manor farm). The inhabitants of the farm had venville rights which (for a small annual payment, which was 5d. per year in 1532), allowed them to pasture sheep and cattle on the moor after sunset. They could also take what they needed for their own use from the moor, apart from green oak or venison. This included turf and peat for fires and stone for hedging and building.
A large row of stones and the pile beside the gate at Twist are said to have been collected at a later date by a couple hoping to build a free holding on the moor. At that time, if you could build a cottage in a day and light a fire within it you could live there permanently. The couple were discovered and prevented from finishing.
The holding is now derelict and is returning to the moor. Photograph included.

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

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).
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV357134Monograph: Peter Tavy Heritage Group. 2002. The Book of Peter Tavy with Cudlipptown. The Book of Peter Tavy with Cudlipptown: Two coats colder than Tavistock. Hardback Volume. 137-9.

Associated Monuments

MDV77920Related to: Broadmoor farmstead, Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV16339Related to: Cudlipptown, Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV61743Related to: Field boundaries North-west of Twist Farm (Monument)
MDV125941Related to: Field system north-east of Boulters Tor (Monument)
MDV78093Related to: Manor Farm, Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV61742Related to: Ruined building south-west of Broadmoor Farm (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 24 2019 3:02PM