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HER Number:MDV114806
Name:The former Railway Inn, Princetown


One of the first group of early 19th century buildings to form the village and typical of the changes which occur in a settlement. Extended in the later 19th century. Changed it's name in the mid-1950s to The Devil's Elbow although later in the 20th century it reverted back to The Railway Inn and functioned as a pub until at least 2009. Now a dwelling.


Grid Reference:SX 590 734
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INN (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1840 AD (Between))

Full description

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

L-shaped building is depicted on the Tithe Map; 85 on the Apportionment.

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

'Railway Inn' is depicted on the late 19th century historic map. The building has been extended since the Tithe Map depiction to the rear.

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

'Inn' is depicted on the early 20th century historic map. Matches the late 19th century historic map depiction.

Quick, T., 1992, Dartmoor Inns, 32 (Monograph). SDV359976.

Inn was originally known as 'The Railway Inn' but changed it's name to 'The Devil's Elbow' in the mid-1950s, probably due to the tricky S-bend on the approach road to Princetown from Plymouth near Devil's Bridge.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2011, Princetown Conservation Area Character Appraisal, 22, figure 26 (Report - Assessment). SDV359514.

Railway Inn: One of the first group of early 19th century buildings to form the village and typical of the changes which occur in a settlement.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

'Inn' is depicted on the modern mapping. Some of the buildings shown to the rear of the inn on the late 19th / early 20th century historic maps are now gone.

Google, 2017, Google Streetview, Accessed 16/01/2017 (Website). SDV359965.

A November 2008 image of the building shows it was still 'The Railway Inn' at this time (apparently having reverted to its original name). Another shot, dated September 2011, shows the building has now changed use to private residential.

Unknown, 2017, The Lost Pubs Project, Accessed 16/01/2017 (Website). SDV359977.

Unclear when the pub closed. Two old photographs included.

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).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #74136 ]
SDV359514Report - Assessment: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2011. Princetown Conservation Area Character Appraisal. Dartmoor National Park Authority Report. Digital. 22, figure 26.
SDV359965Website: Google. 2017. Google Streetview. http://maps.google.co.uk. Website. Accessed 16/01/2017.
SDV359976Monograph: Quick, T.. 1992. Dartmoor Inns. Dartmoor Inns. Paperback Volume. 32.
SDV359977Website: Unknown. 2017. The Lost Pubs Project. http://www.closedpubs.co.uk/index.html. Website. Accessed 16/01/2017.

Associated Monuments

MDV114799Related to: The Duchy Hotel, Princetown (Building)
MDV15373Related to: The Plume of Feathers, Princetown (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 16 2017 2:41PM