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HER Number:MDV118273
Name:The Dartmoor Inn, Lydford


16th century inn, much altered and extended over time. Said to have been an inn on this site for 700 years.


Grid Reference:SX 522 852
Map Sheet:SX58NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLydford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INN (Constructed, XV to XVI - 1500 AD to 1599 AD)

Full description

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

'Dartmoor Inn' depicted on the Tithe Map.

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

Unchanged from the Tithe Map depiction.

Quick, T., 1992, Dartmoor Inns, 25-27 (Monograph). SDV359976.

There has been an inn on this site for at least 700 years. The present inn dates from the 16th century, the beer cellar still has original roughly hewn tree trunk beams. At one time there was just the front bar, which has been extended considerably over the years. At each side of the porch way there used to be a small opening (now closed up, but still evident). When a convict escaped from the prison nearby, a policeman could sit in the porch and keep watch for the escapee.
It was at this inn that Salvation Yeo, bosun to Captain Amos Leigh, slew the King of the Gubbins; a small family of ginger-haired rogues who lived in Lydford Gorge about 300 years ago. This band of villains has been immortalised in Charles Kingsley's book 'Westward Ho!'. Inn is said to be haunted.

Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

Modern map shows the Dartmoor Inn has been extended considerably to the rear (east) of the old buildings.

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.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #77554 ]
SDV359976Monograph: Quick, T.. 1992. Dartmoor Inns. Dartmoor Inns. Paperback Volume. 25-27.

Associated Monuments

MDV134147Related to: Agricultural building north of the Dartmoor Inn, Lydford (Building)
MDV134146Related to: Lowermead Barn, Lydford (Building)
MDV134148Related to: Lydgate Cottage, Lydford (Building)
MDV19821Related to: Roadside milestone near the Dartmoor Inn (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 17 2023 10:21AM