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HER Number:MDV117378
Name:Barn at Challacombe Farm, Manaton


Barn built in the mid-19th century on the site of earlier buildings. The loft was used in the 1850s and 1860s as a a schoolroom for the miners children and also served as a chapel.


Grid Reference:SX 693 794
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BARN (XIX - 1850 AD to 1900 AD (Between))
  • CHAPEL (XIX - 1850 AD to 1899 AD (Between))
  • SCHOOLROOM (XIX - 1850 AD to 1869 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Building shown on late 19th century map.

Stanbrook, M., 1991, Old Dartmoor Schools Remembered, 70-71, photograph (Monograph). SDV359884.

Listed in the account books for the Widecombe and Dartmoor Charity Schools is Challacombe, where in the mid-19th century there was a community of around 200 living in a tiny hamlet, sustained by the tin mining in the area. In the 1850s and 1860s, Ann Hambly ran a school for the children at Challacombe Farm, in the loft of their barn, which was also used as a chapel.

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

Barn is shown as part of a range of buildings behind (west of) the farmhouse at Challacombe.

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.
SDV359884Monograph: Stanbrook, M.. 1991. Old Dartmoor Schools Remembered. Old Dartmoor Schools Remembered. Paperback Volume. 70-71, photograph.

Associated Monuments

MDV78083Part of: Challacombe Farmstead, Manaton (Monument)
MDV55811Related to: Challacombe Farmhouse, Manaton (Building)
MDV6059Related to: Challacombe Medieval Settlement, Manaton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 20 2018 1:44PM