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HER Number:MDV113114
Name:Hornets Castle Farmstead, Widecombe in the Moor


Hornets Castle farmstead the central of three farmsteads at 'Sherwell' or 'Sherril' shown on 19th century maps. Sherwell was mentioned from the 14th century


Grid Reference:SX 679 748
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

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

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

Long rectangular building shown on 19th century Tithe Map in a rectilinear enclosure on the east side of the road with two small buildings to the north. The Apportionment for 'Shirwill Estate' lists Field Number 2267 as 'House & Garden', Field Number 2266 as 'House & Yard' and Field Number 2265 as 'Garden'.

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

Small farmstead shown on the east side of 'Sherril' on 19th century maps. A group of three buildings are shown in a rectilinear enclosure.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 530 (Monograph). SDV337894.

'Sherril' was mentioned as 'Schirewill' in 1303 and 'Sherwell' by 1555.

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

Sherwell farmstead listed.

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

Hornets Castle shown on modern mapping as two buildings in a squarish enclosure.

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. 530.
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. Sherwell.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #72454 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV30012Parent of: Hornet's Castle, Sherwell, Widecombe (Building)
MDV30011Parent of: Site of a second house at Hornet's Castle, Widecombe (Building)
MDV113116Related to: Higher Sherwell Farmstead, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)
MDV30008Related to: Sherwell Farm, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 14 2015 12:29PM