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HER Number:MDV117300
Name:Prison farm estate, Princetown


Area farmed by the prison from 1850 onwards.


Grid Reference:SX 589 749
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (XIX - 1850 AD to 1899 AD)

Full description

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

Area of regular fields laid out surrounding the northern half of the prison, extending as far north as Fice's Well, and eastwards to Two Bridges.

Joy, R., 2002, Dartmoor Prison A Complete Illustrated History Volume 2 The Convict Prison 1850-Present Day At Her Majesty's Pleasure, 88, plan (Monograph). SDV359843.

A plan showing field names on the prison estate.

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

Field system appears unchanged from the late 19th century historic map depiction.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #76599 ]
SDV359843Monograph: Joy, R.. 2002. Dartmoor Prison A Complete Illustrated History Volume 2 The Convict Prison 1850-Present Day At Her Majesty's Pleasure. Dartmoor Prison A Complete Illustrated History. 2. Hardback Volume. 88, plan.

Associated Monuments

MDV112638Related to: Boundary stone west of Princetown (Monument)
MDV117301Related to: Dartmoor Prison Farm (Monument)
MDV15309Related to: Dartmoor Prison, Princetown (Building)
MDV131170Related to: Holming Beam Farm (Monument)
MDV121029Related to: Parson's Cottage, Princetown (Building)
MDV51423Related to: Princetown Prison nursery garden (Monument)
MDV51414Related to: Stables near prison, Princetown (Building)
MDV104777Related to: The Old Dairy, Princetown (Building)
MDV131171Related to: Tin pits around Holming Beam Farm (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7375 - Archaeological recording during construction of the Dousland to Rundlestone water main (Ref: 94.40)
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8714 - Survey of Dartmoor Prison Farm (Ref: AI//37/2002)

Date Last Edited:Mar 6 2023 4:20PM