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HER Number:MDV109050
Name:West Coombe Farm, Sourton


Also known as Higher Combe on the late 19th century historic map. May have been established as early as the 14th century, based on a documentary reference. Farmhouse and building to the north are shown on the Tithe Map; those to the west of the yard are modern.


Grid Reference:SX 531 884
Map Sheet:SX58NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSourton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSOURTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XIV - 1330 AD to 1350 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848, page 7-8 of 21 of PDF (Cartographic). SDV349431.

West Coombe is depicted on the Tithe Map; 1270 on the Sourton apportionment ('House and yard'). The farm consists of a farmhouse with attached building on the south side and an associated building to the north of the yard.

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

The late 19th century historic map shows the farm (now recorded as 'Higher Combe'), in close proximity to London and South Western Railway. The layout of the farm is mostly the same as the Tithe Map depiction, although two new structures are shown on the west and southern sides of the farm.

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

Early 20th century map again names the farm 'West Coombe'. Depiction is as the late 19th century, although the building on the northern side of the yard has been extended to the north-west.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 207 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Coombe was probably the home of Richard atte Westerecomb (1330 Subsidy Rolls).

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

Included in list. No further detail provided.

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

The modern mapping shows that two large modern buildings have been added to the farm in the later 20th century, on the western side. The farmhouse and the northern building appear largely unchanged from the historic map depictions.

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. 207.
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. page 7-8 of 21 of PDF.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #68386 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV109048Related to: East Coombe Farm, Sourton (Monument)
MDV22581Related to: London and South Western Railway (Dartmoor Section) (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 30 2015 10:09AM