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HER Number:MDV113115
Name:Deancombe Farm, Dean Prior


Deancombe farm dates from at least the early-mid 19th century, based on cartographic evidence. Documentary sources exist from the late 15th century, which may indicate an older origin for the farm.


Grid Reference:SX 722 643
Map Sheet:SX76SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDean Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishDEAN PRIOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XVIII - 1751 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

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

The farmstead is depicted on the Tithe Map at 'Deancoomb', which appears to have been a thriving settlement at this time. The apportionment records this holding as 'Veal's Estate', and the farm consists of the farmhouse and courtyard, associated with at least five buildings arranged to the south and south-west of the house.

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

The late 19th century historic map of the farm at 'Deancombe' is largely the same as the Tithe Map depiction, although the buildings are clearer.

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

Matches the late 19th century historic map.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 299 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Deancombe is mentioned as 'Dencomb' and 'Denecome' in 1481.

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

Deancombe is included on list from historic map references. No further details provided.

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

The modern map shows one of two of the structures to the south of the farmhouse no longer exist, and a small structure to the west of the dwelling has been replaced by a larger farm building in modern times.

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. 299.
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).
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: #72455 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV113134Part of: Deancombe Settlement (Monument)
MDV39497Related to: 1-2 Deancombe Cottages, Dean Prior (Building)
MDV113124Related to: Chapel Tenement, Deancombe (Monument)
MDV113121Related to: Cottage at Deancombe, Dean Prior (Monument)
MDV113122Related to: Cottage near Combe Cottages, Deancombe (Monument)
MDV113127Related to: Homestead at Deancombe, Dean Prior (Monument)
MDV113119Related to: Keepers Cottage, Deancombe (Monument)
MDV113117Related to: Weavers Cottage, Deancombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 14 2015 3:00PM