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HER Number:MDV118286
Name:The Elephant's Nest Inn, Horndon


16th century cottages converted into an inn in the late 19th century. Originally called the New Inn, it changed its name in 1952 to The Elephant's Nest.


Grid Reference:SX 517 799
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMary Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMARY TAVY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WORKERS COTTAGE (Constructed, XV to XVI - 1500 AD to 1599 AD (Between))
  • INN (Altered, XIX - 1880 AD to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Late 19th century historic map depicts the New Inn.

Quick, T., 1992, Dartmoor Inns, 39-40 (Monograph). SDV359976.

Originally three 16th century miners cottages, this was converted into an inn around the turn of the century. It was called the New Inn, as there was already one inn in Horndon; The Black Lion. In 1952 it changed its name to The Elephant's Nest, after a nickname given to the overweight landlord. It has a very low entrance door and bar has a low beamed ceiling. In 1930 an extension was added to the building, now housing a kitchen and a bedroom.

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

Modern mapping shows The Elephant's Nest Inn which has been extended to the rear.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #77567 ]
SDV359976Monograph: Quick, T.. 1992. Dartmoor Inns. Dartmoor Inns. Paperback Volume. 39-40.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 16 2017 4:23PM