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HER Number:MDV108166
Name:Higher Mardon Farmstead, Christow


Deserted farmstead shown on 19th century maps also recorded as 'Mardon', 'Maredon' and 'Merdon' in 16th century. The farm appears to have remained in use until the late 19th century, until the building of Trenchford Reservoir in the very early 20th century.


Grid Reference:SX 805 828
Map Sheet:SX88SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChristow
Ecclesiastical ParishCHRISTOW

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (First mentioned, XV to XVI - 1500 AD to 1545 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Maredon' shown on 19th century Tithe Map but the buildings have been erased. The Apportionment lists Field Number 899 as 'Homestead and Garden'.

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

'Higher Mardon' shown on 19th century map as a U-shaped group of buildings with an irregular shaped building to the north and a rectangular building to the north-west. A well is shown as 'W' to the south-west and a small square building to the north.

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

'Higher Mardon' shown on early 20th century map with two remaining buildings with a small square building between them.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 472 (Monograph). SDV337894.

Mardon is mentioned as 'Mardon' in 1545. The farm lies by the Parish boundary between Christow and Hennock.

Shame, S., 1994, Woodland Archaeological Survey Kennick and Tottiford Woods, Devon, Mardon, A1 (Report - Survey). SDV360483.

Higher Mardon Farmstead. Drelict farm buildings, ash house and yard. Buildings are still roofed and used for storage.

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

Mardon the site of a farm.

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

Mardon shown on modern mapping as a rectangular building to the north-east of Trenchford Reservoir which may be on of the buildings shown on 19th century map.

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). [Mapped feature: #67552 ]
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. 472.
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. Mardon.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV360483Report - Survey: Shame, S.. 1994. Woodland Archaeological Survey Kennick and Tottiford Woods, Devon. Dartmoor National Park Authority. Digital. Mardon, A1.

Associated Monuments

MDV120107Parent of: Ash-house at Higher Mardon, Christow (Monument)
MDV120105Parent of: Farm buildings at Higher Mardon, Christow (Building)
MDV120106Parent of: Farmhouse at Higher Mardon, Christow (Building)
MDV120109Related to: Field system around Higher and Lower Mardon Farms (Monument)
MDV108170Related to: Lower Mardon Farmstaed, Hennock (Monument)
MDV9384Related to: Trenchford Reservoir (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7432 - Archaeological survey of woodland around Kennick and Tottiford Reservoirs

Date Last Edited:Oct 24 2017 12:59PM