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HER Number:MDV11223
Name:Dulcis Farm, Kilmington


The farmstead is shown on the Ordnance Survey 25 inch map of the 1880s-1890s. It was transformed in 2001 into a cluster of homes and gardens.


Grid Reference:SY 267 995
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKilmington
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishKILMINGTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SY29NE16
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/15
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)
  • Pastscape: 449564

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Unknown date)

Full description

Pulman, G. P. R., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV103269.

Descents from c.14 given (pulman).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV130906.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV130907.

Polwhele, r. /history of devonshire/(1797)294.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV130908.

Pulman, g. P. R. /the book of the axe/(1875)112.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV130909.

Gover, j. E. B. + mawer, a. + stenton, f. M. /the place-names of devon/(1931)640-641.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV130910.

Doe/hhr:axminster rd/(1960)19.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV130911.

Doe/hhr:62:part of east devon(19/10/1984)109.

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV326835.

Rebuilt in 1915 on new site but looks earlier. Rubble with ashlar quoins and hipped, thatched roof (doe).

Unattributed, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV44353.

Dulshayes, dovilshays or dulcehays. The possible site of the medieval house of the name of doville or de oville. It is pre-1277. No extant structures or observed remains are recorded (unattributed).

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

'Dulcis' is marked.

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

'Dulshayes' is marked.

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

Pnd quotes c.14 references (mawer et al).

Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit, 1992 - 1993, Blackdown Hills Survey Archive (Archive - Survey). SDV324187.

Site visit 1st October 1992. Date stone on farmhouse is of 1815. A nearby outbuilding now used for storage was formerly a cottage (stack, staircase and brick filled timber partitions). No earthworks in surrounding fields to suggest earlier site of house.

Devon and Somerset County Councils, 2000-2002, Historic Farmsteads Database, BH135 (Machine readable data file). SDV349681.

This farmstead has been transformed, in 2001, into a cluster of homes and gardens. The old farmhouse has a particularly interesting history and the double-fronted cattleshed, of which only a remnant survives, was an unusual and spectacular building. Double yard. The steading had four farm buildings, a poundhouse and threshing barn, a shippon, an old farmhouse and an L-shaped double-fronted cattleshed, loosely grouped around the yard. There was a small, cobbled stockyard to the east of the cattleshed, in the angle of the two ranges. In 2001, the buildings were converted to homes and walls built across the yard to delineate property boundaries. The north range of the cattleshed has been demolished. The old farmhouse formed the south boundary of the yard. In 1815 a new farmhouse was built outside the yard, to the south of the old farmhouse. The yard is now converted to gardens for the converted buildings.

Thorp, J., 2003, Dulcis Farm, BH135001-BH135016 (Ground Photograph). SDV351893.

Thorp, J., 2003, Dulcis Farm, BH135018, BH135021-BH135023 (Un-published). SDV351894.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Historic England, 2015-2016, NRHE to HER prototype, 445436 (Website). SDV359652.

Summary description
Full description
(SY 26739955) Dulshayes (NAT) (1)
Dorilshays or Dulcehays is associated with the Doville family, attainted in the reign of Edward III. (2)
Dulshayes, now called Dulcis, was rebuilt on a new site in 1915 - date on south wall - but looks older. It has a late Georgian staircase. (3)
1 Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) OS 6" 1906
3 List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest DOE (HHR) Axminster RD 1960 19
Monument types, periods and evidence
House: Medieval
House: Post medieval
Related monuments: None recorded
Related events: None recorded
Related archives/objects: recorded
Compiler S. Willy 1979
Record created prior to 01/04/1999

Sources / Further Reading

SDV103269Migrated Record: Pulman, G. P. R..
SDV130906Migrated Record:
SDV130907Migrated Record:
SDV130908Migrated Record:
SDV130909Migrated Record:
SDV130910Migrated Record:
SDV130911Migrated Record:
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.
SDV324187Archive - Survey: Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit. 1992 - 1993. Blackdown Hills Survey Archive. Blackdown Hills Survey Archive. A4 Unbound.
SDV326835Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
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.
SDV349681Machine readable data file: Devon and Somerset County Councils. 2000-2002. Historic Farmsteads Database. BH135.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #71626 ]
SDV351893Ground Photograph: Thorp, J.. 2003. Dulcis Farm. Blackdown Hills Historic Farmstead Survey. Digital. BH135001-BH135016.
SDV351894Un-published: Thorp, J.. 2003. Dulcis Farm. Blackdown Hills Historic Farmstead Survey. Digital. BH135018, BH135021-BH135023.
SDV359652Website: Historic England. 2015-2016. NRHE to HER prototype. https://nrhe-to-her.esdm.co.uk/home. Website. 445436.
SDV44353Migrated Record: Unattributed.

Associated Monuments

MDV104732Parent of: Double-Fronted Cattleshed, Dulcis Farm (Building)
MDV81848Parent of: Farmhouse, Dulcis Farm (Building)
MDV104729Parent of: Pound House and Threshing Barn, Dulcis Farm (Building)
MDV104713Parent of: The Old Farmhouse, Dulcis Farm (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 5 2021 10:38AM