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HER Number:MDV117437
Name:Leusdon House


Former teacher's house built in the mid-19th century by Mrs Larpent, who reserved rooms for her own use. Later in the 19th century she took over the place entirely, extending it and adding ancillary buildings. At this time, accommodation for the teachers was provided in the extended school building.


Grid Reference:SX 706 732
Map Sheet:SX77SW
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

  • TEACHERS HOUSE (XIX - 1855 AD to 1860 AD (Between))
  • HOUSE (XIX to Unknown - 1870 AD (Post))

Full description

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

The late 19th century historic map shows the building which originated as teacher's residence. By this time it had probably already been enlarged by Mrs Larpent who moved in permanently.

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

Early 20th century historic map shows the western extension of the property.

Stanbrook, M., 1991, Old Dartmoor Schools Remembered, 87-88 (Monograph). SDV359884.

Mrs Larpent built a separate teacher's house shortly after the school opened in 1855, reserving two rooms for her own use when staying in the area. Her interest in the school and neighbourhood meant she stayed more and more frequently, extending the house and adding a coach house and stables and gardens. By 1872 she'd taken over permanently and extended the school building to provide accommodation for the teacher.

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

The modern mapping shows 'Leusdon House' (divided into 1 and 2). The older part is on the eastern side and the western half was built by the early 20th century.

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).
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #76747 ]
SDV359884Monograph: Stanbrook, M.. 1991. Old Dartmoor Schools Remembered. Old Dartmoor Schools Remembered. Paperback Volume. 87-88.

Associated Monuments

MDV117439Related to: Former stables at Leusdon (Building)
MDV117436Related to: Leusdon School House, Widecombe (Building)
MDV117441Related to: The Grooms Cottage, Leusdon (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 21 2016 11:23AM