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HER Number:MDV109031
Name:Bearslake farmstead, Sourton


Farmstead may date back as far as the 13th century, if the longhouse is that old. Definitely in existence by the early 16th century. Part of the hamlet of Lake, depicted on the Tithe Map with five other dwellings. Two of these were to the south of the farm and are no longer in existence. Farmhouse converted to three cottages and into a tearooms and then an inn in the later 20th century.


Grid Reference:SX 528 888
Map Sheet:SX58NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSourton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSOURTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

The hamlet of Lake is depicted on the Tithe Map, with six separate dwellings shown, including the Bearslake farmhouse and cottage to the north. A very small dwelling to the south-west of the farmhouse is also listed in the apportionment as being part of the farmstead. The longhouse is shown with a garden to the east (rear) of the house. 1222 ('House and yard') on the Sourton apportionment.

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

The late 19th century historic map shows the farmhouse has been extended to the south and joined to a building set just behind it (to the east).

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

Much the same as the late 19th century historic map, although the dwelling to the south-west of the farmhouse appears to have fallen out of use by this time.

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

Included on list. No further detail provided.

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

Modern map shows the Bearslake Inn and Restaurant with a large car park to the west, overlying the site of the small dwelling / garden shown on the 19th century historic maps.

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).
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.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #68367 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV34043Parent of: Bearslake Inn (formerly listed as Lake Farmhouse), Sourton (Building)
MDV33838Related to: Bearslake Cottage, Sourton (Building)
MDV109040Related to: House south of Bearslake Farm, Sourton (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 27 2015 3:41PM