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HER Number:MDV113773
Name:Nun's Cross Farmstead, Dartmoor Forest


Nun's Cross farmstead was shown on 19th century map. The present building at Nun's Cross Farm is situated to the north-west of the earlier buildings. Leased from the Duchy in 1870 when the farmhouse was built, the farm was abandoned shortly after World War II.


Grid Reference:SX 606 698
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains of a section of the late 18th century Devonport Leat running from Raddick Hill to Nun's Cross, including extensive tinning remains at Cramber Tor

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Constructed, XIX - 1845 AD to 1871 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Nun's Cross Farm' shown on 19th century map as a T-shaped building in an irregular shaped yard with a small rectangular building to the south and a small square building to the west.

Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor, 355 (Monograph). SDV249702.

Levy, S., 2004, The Devonport Leat: an Archaeological Condition Survey, 1-2 (Report - Survey). SDV345550.

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

Nun's Cross a deserted farmstead.

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

'Nun's Cross Farm' shown on modern mapping as a small L-shaped building with the remains of several features to the south and east,

Williams, C., 2021, Notes on some Dartmoor Farms, 20/02/2021 (Personal Comment). SDV364196.

Mentioned in Hemery (1983, 355); John Hooper leased the land from the Duchy is 1870 and commenced house building; walls of the home fields were built the following year. Abandoned shortly after World War II.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 355.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #73122 ]
SDV345550Report - Survey: Levy, S.. 2004. The Devonport Leat: an Archaeological Condition Survey. A4 Comb Bound. 1-2.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Nun's Cross.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV15150Parent of: Ruined farmhouse at Nun's Cross Farm, Dartmoor Forest (Building)
MDV5156Related to: CIST in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV5157Related to: Flints found near Nun's Cross (Find Spot)
MDV62525Related to: Nun's Cross tunnel (Monument)
MDV19902Related to: The Devonport Leat, Dartmoor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4939 - Condition survey of Devonport Leat
  • EDV8629 - Peat Cot Farm Duchy Farms Survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 12 2021 2:02PM