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HER Number:MDV112098
Name:Higher Luckdon Farmstead, North Bovey


Farmstead dates to at least the early-mid-19th century and is depicted on historic maps but may be older. It is associated with Luckdon (Lower Luckdon) to the south-east and is listed on the Tithe Map (1840s) as being part of the Luckdon estate. It is not shown on the early 20th century historic map so appears to have been completely abandoned by this time.


Grid Reference:SX 744 828
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishNorth Bovey
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH BOVEY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1900 AD)

Full description

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments, 274 (Cartographic). SDV359954.

Group of five buildings shown on 19th century Tithe map (plot 274: 'homestead and yard'). Part of the Luckdon estate. Farmhouse is a large rectangular building aligned north-west by south-east and is located on the western side of the farm, four smaller associated buildings lie to the east.
A group of possible strip fields are shown to the north-east.

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

Higher Luckdon farmstead shown on 19th century map as a group of buildings around an irregular shaped yard.

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

Farmstead not present on early 20th century map.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 471 (Monograph). SDV337894.

Luckdon was mentioned as 'Loketon' in 1330 and 1333.

Smith, N. J. L., 1992, Woodland Archaeological Survey December 1991 North Bovey Woodlands, 21-2, figures 12-13 (Report - Survey). SDV360446.

Farmstead was included in woodland survey of 1991 and a number of features were identified. Apart from the boundary walls / banks, which are also detailed in the report, the following directly relating to the deserted farmstead are:
QQ4 Earthwork. Large rectangular depression adjacent to the northern boundary wall (centred at SX74457 82833, measures 20 metres east-west by 8.5 metres north-south). Appears to represent a former, now dry, pond.
QQ6 Structural remains. Stonework evidencing former wall and buildings (centred at SX74437 82835), probably representing ruined farm buildings associated with existing structures adjacent to the north (fig. 12). Very little remains, and most is embedded in grass and brambles.
QQ7 Gateposts. Two granite gateposts (at SX74445 82839) with feather and tare marks, representing original opening through northern boundary.
QQ9 Platform. Large, raised building platform (centred at SX74419 82833, measuring 19 metres east-west by 13 metres north-south; see fig. 12). No structural remains visible. Some masonry, ironwork and an old plough nearby.
QQ10 Structural remains. Three sides of a rectangular structure (centred at SX74456 82815), upon a raised platform, identified in the eastern corner of sector QQ. Unknown purpose.
QQ11 Structural remains. Retaining wall (centred at SX7447 82807), with a large drop to the south-west (which was extremely wet and marshy). Stonework formed an L-shape and was attached to the south-east boundary wall of the sector.

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

Higher Luckdon farmstead listed.

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: #71544 ]
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. 471.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Higher Luckdon.
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital. 274.
SDV360446Report - Survey: Smith, N. J. L.. 1992. Woodland Archaeological Survey December 1991 North Bovey Woodlands. Dartmoor National Park Authority. Digital. 21-2, figures 12-13.

Associated Monuments

MDV35526Related to: Barn north of Luckdon Farmhouse, North Bovey (Building)
MDV34293Related to: Farmstead west of Higher Luckdon, North Bovey (Building)
MDV35525Related to: Luckdon Farmhouse, North Bovey (Building)
MDV112100Related to: Luckdon Farmstead, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV34295Related to: Strip fields associated with Luckdon Farm (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7411 - North Bovey Woodlands archaeological survey

Date Last Edited:Oct 10 2017 10:34AM