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HER Number:MDV109191
Name:Whiddon Down Farm, South Tawton

Summary

Farmstead dates to at least the 17th century, based on the age of the farmhouse. Documentary references for Whiddon Down go back as far as the mid-late 16th century, but this might refer just to the hill, not the farm. After the 19th century, farm has been reduced in size until now it is just a dwelling.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 688 923
Map Sheet:SX69SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH TAWTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XVI to XVII - 1600 AD to 1699 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Whiddon Down farm depicted on the Tithe Map; 424 on the South Tawton apportionment ('Dwelling house and courtlage'). The map shows the dwelling with attached building on the northern side, fronting onto the road and a range of buildings joined onto the southern side, creating a U-shaped range. One additional building lies to the west of the range.


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

Late 19th century historic map depicts the dwelling as 'Greenland Cottage' but the associated buildings are largely the same as shown on the Tithe Map.


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

The early 20th century historic map shows that the southern and eastern side of the U-shaped range are now gone. Greenland Cottage remains, with one or two small structures to the west.


Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 451 (Monograph). SDV337894.

Whiddon Down is 'Whyddon Doune' in 1565, 'Whiddon Down' in 1661, probably meaning 'white hill'.


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

Included on list. No further information provided.


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

The modern map shows Greenland Cottage but none of the old farm buildings shown on the 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). [Mapped feature: #68530 ]
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. 451.
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.

Associated Monuments

MDV33599Parent of: Greenlands, South Tawton (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 30 2015 11:34AM