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HER Number:MDV111265
Name:North Wonson Farm, Throwleigh


Farmstead dates to at least the early-mid 16th century, based on the age of the farmhouse, which is listed and has been rebuilt after a collapse in the 1930s. Documentary sources date back to the mid-13th century. Depicted on the Tithe Map, most of the buildings were modernised and changed in the late 19th century, but the layout is broadly unchanged.


Grid Reference:SX 673 897
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishThrowleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTHROWLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XV to XVI - 1500 AD to 1575 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Depicted on the Throwleigh Tithe Map. Farmstead consists of a large farmhouse on the north-western side, with range of farm buildings joined on the south-eastern side, surrounding a courtyard. Separate barn at the north-eastern end of the farm.

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

The late 19th century historic map shows the buildings to have all been changed, except for the barn to the north of the farm. Listing records state that the farmhouse was modernised at this time, which the map evidence supports. The farm buildings also appear to have been changed and are shown as a much narrower range of buildings on this version of the historic mapping.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 453 (Monograph). SDV337894.

Wonson is 'Wnston' in 1238, 'Woneston' in 1244, 1254, 'Wonstone' in 1333, and 'atte Wonston' in 1374. Not a persons name; may mean 'at the crooked stone' in Old English.

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 map shows the farm to be largely unchanged from the late 19th century historic map.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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. 453.
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: #70686 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV33249Parent of: Barn north-east of North Wonson Farmhouse, Throwleigh (Building)
MDV33250Parent of: North Wonson farmhouse, Throwleigh (Building)
MDV33336Related to: Gatepiers 25 metres west of Wonson Manor, Throwleigh (Monument)
MDV76991Related to: Northmore Arms, Throwleigh (Monument)
MDV30134Related to: PUMP HOUSE in the Parish of Throwleigh (Monument)
MDV118381Related to: The Northmore Arms, Wonson (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 23 2017 10:38AM