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HER Number:MDV112076
Name:Bellever Farm, Dartmoor Forest


Farmstead dates to at least the mid-14th century, based on documentary evidence. Depicted on the Tithe Map, at this time there were two dwellings (one to the north of the road), into the 20th century, this building disappears and in the latter part of the century, some modern additions are added to the farm south of the road.


Grid Reference:SX 653 773
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Traditional 19th century or earlier farm buildings and the remains of at least one medieval longhouse at Bellever Farm

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XIII to XIV - 1300 AD to 1350 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Bellever is depicted on the Tithe Map. Farmstead consists of five main buildings, four of which are located to the south of the road. One is on the northern side of the road and is a dwelling. One of the southern group of buildings is another dwelling. 812, 798 on the Lydford apportionment.

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

Largely unchanged from the Tithe Map depiction.

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

Unchanged from the previous map depictions.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 192 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Bellever is 'Welford' in 1355, 'Weleford' in 1477, 'Wellaford Mills' and 'Willaford Mylls' in 1579, 'Bellabour' in 1608, 1609, 'Bellaford' in 1663 and 'Bellefor' in 1736.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

This aerial photograph shows that little is left of the farmstead; the dwelling to the north of the road is gone and of the group of five buildings to the south, only two or three remain.

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 mapping shows some modern additions to the farm south of the road, but its possible that one or two of the original buildings have survived in some form.

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. 192.
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).
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (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: #71525 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV122712Related to: Ancient trackway known as The Lichway (Monument)
MDV6084Related to: Remains of two longhouses at Bellever (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7431 - Woodland Survey (1989-90) at Bellever, Soussons and other woodland parcels

Date Last Edited:Aug 20 2018 1:51PM