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HER Number:MDV108106
Name:South Godsworthy farm (now Higher Godsworthy), Peter Tavy


Farmstead dates to at least the early-mid 13th century, based on documentary evidence, but may be older. Depicted on the Tithe Map, since the 19th century this farm has changed substantially. Includes farmhouse highlighted as a Grade III listed building, although it is unclear how much of this building has been retained.


Grid Reference:SX 529 772
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XII to XIII - 1200 AD to 1238 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'South Godsworthy' is depicted on the Tithe Map, 252 on the Peter Tavy apportionment; 'House and courtlage'. The farmstead consists of six narrow rectangular buildings, all aligned north-south, with the farmhouse identified in the centre (just to the west of the most easterly building). A further dwelling is shown to the south-west of the main farm.

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

'Higher Godsworthy' is depicted on the late 19th century historic map. Layout of the farm largely the same as the Tithe Map depiction, with some small alterations / extensions to some buildings.

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

Map depiction of Higher Godsworthy matches the late 19th century historic map.

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

Godsworthy is recorded as 'Godesworthi' in 1238 and 1340, 'Godewurthi' in 1244 and 'Goddesworthy'.

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

1940s aerial photographs show the layout of the buildings has not changed.

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

Aerial photograph shows several large farm buildings have been added on the eastern side of the farm, obliterating the old farm building that was furthest to the east on the historic maps and apparently incorporating the old farmhouse.

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

Included on list. No further information provided.

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

The modern layout of the farm is similar on the western side of the farm but the eastern side is dominated by the three large agricultural buildings.

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.
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). [Mapped feature: #67496 ]
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (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.

Associated Monuments

MDV19149Parent of: Longhouse, Higher Godsworthy (Building)
MDV108107Parent of: The Cottage at Higher Godsworthy, Peter Tavy (Building)
MDV108108Related to: Lower Godsworthy farm, Peter Tavy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 6 2014 2:02PM