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HER Number:MDV117357
Name:School at Venton, Widecombe in the Moor


Documents record that children were taught at Venton between 1796 and 1824, although it is unclear which building was used as the schoolroom. After 1824, the pupils moved to Dunstone.


Grid Reference:SX 721 760
Map Sheet:SX77NW
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

  • SCHOOLROOM (XVIII to XIX - 1796 AD to 1824 AD (Between))

Full description

Stanbrook, M., 1991, Old Dartmoor Schools Remembered, 69-72 (Monograph). SDV359884.

Listed in the account books for the Widecombe and Dartmoor Charity Schools, is Venton, where 10 children were taught by Ann Smerdon from 1796 until 1812, when Martha Cleave took over. In 1824 the school moved to Dunstone, still with Martha Cleave as mistress.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV359884Monograph: Stanbrook, M.. 1991. Old Dartmoor Schools Remembered. Old Dartmoor Schools Remembered. Paperback Volume. 69-72.

Associated Monuments

MDV30034Related to: Higher Venton Farmhouse, Widecombe (Building)
MDV30030Related to: Lower Venton House, Widecombe (Building)
MDV117382Related to: The Old School House, Lower Dunstone (Building)
MDV93164Related to: Three Cottages at Venton, Widecombe (Building)
MDV30031Related to: Venton Farmstead, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 20 2018 1:43PM