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HER Number:MDV108868
Name:Lower Wapsworthy Farm, Peter Tavy


Settlement at Wapsworthy dates to at least the 13th century, based on documentary evidence, although it is not clear exactly when Lower Wapsworthy was established in its current form, although the longhouse dates to at least the 17th century. The simple layout of the farm has not changed since the 19th century historic map depictions.


Grid Reference:SX 537 801
Map Sheet:SX58SW
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 (XIV to XVI - 1320 AD to 1600 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Late 19th century historic map shows the longhouse with one rectangular building to the west/south-west.

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

'Wapsworthy' is 'Werbricheswurdh' in 1230 document, 'Werbrightewrthy' in 1238, 'Werbriteswurth' in 1244, 'Warbritteswurth' in 1244, 'Werbrightesworthy' in 1394, 'Warpisworthy' and 'Werpysworthy' in 1514.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2006, Scanned sections of the Dartmoor Tithe Maps (farmsteads and settlements) (Cartographic). SDV357646.

'Waspbury' is depicted on the Tithe Map; labelled as plot 77. Could not be located on the Peter Tavy apportionment as has been included in the Tavistock apportionment as 'Wapsworthy', 77 (House and yard), surrounded by gardens; 74-76.
The map shows the longhouse to the north-east of the yard, with two associated buildings on the south-west and south-east sides.

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

Included on list. No further detail provided.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

The modern mapping is largely the same as the late 19th century map depiction.

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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #68210 ]
SDV357646Cartographic: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2006. Scanned sections of the Dartmoor Tithe Maps (farmsteads and settlements). Tithe Map. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV3178Parent of: Lower Wapsworthy Farmhouse (Building)
MDV77931Related to: Higher Wapsworthy farm, Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV3200Related to: Ruined longhouse at Wapsworthy (Building)
MDV12856Related to: Ruined longhouse at Wapsworthy (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 2 2018 11:28AM