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HER Number:MDV117360
Name:Schoolrooms at Fernhill, Ponsworthy


Documents record that children were taught at Ponsworthy, in various cottages, including Fernhill from the start of the 19th century until at least 1850.


Grid Reference:SX 699 737
Map Sheet:SX67SE
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

  • COTTAGE NON SPECIFIC (Constructed, XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD? to 1840 AD (Between))
  • SCHOOLROOM (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1859 AD (Between))

Full description

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

L-shaped building depicted on the Tithe Map.

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

Late 19th century historic map seems to show a division between the main cottage block and the building at the south-western end.

Stanbrook, M., 1991, Old Dartmoor Schools Remembered, 70 (Monograph). SDV359884.

Listed in the account books for the Widecombe and Dartmoor Charity Schools is Ponsworthy, where various "Dames' Schools" within cottages are recorded. Susannah Hamlyn was succeeded in 1810 by Elizabeth Hannahford, who taught for 10 years. Then Grace Warren taught at her cottage (Fernhill) until 1843, continued by Avis Easterbrook, also at Fernhill. The last dame teacher at Ponsworthy was Martha Wythicombe in the 1850s.

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

Modern map shows number 2-3 Fernhill.

Devon History Society, 2019, Early Victorian Schools, 15-16, 21-22 (Article in Serial). SDV363127.

The Widecombe and Dartmoor Schools Charity had been founded in 1796 and provided support for a number of small schools. The 1833 Enquiry identified four daily schools in the parish; Dunstone, Widecombe town, Ponsworthy and Poundsgate.

Sources / Further Reading

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: #76660 ]
SDV359884Monograph: Stanbrook, M.. 1991. Old Dartmoor Schools Remembered. Old Dartmoor Schools Remembered. Paperback Volume. 70.
SDV363127Article in Serial: Devon History Society. 2019. Early Victorian Schools. The Devon Historian. 88. Paperback Volume. 15-16, 21-22.

Associated Monuments

MDV30034Related to: Higher Venton Farmhouse, Widecombe (Building)
MDV30030Related to: Lower Venton House, Widecombe (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:Jul 22 2019 10:09AM