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HER Number:MDV118360
Name:The Forest Inn, Hexworthy


Originally built in the early to mid-19th century, the inn was almost completely destroyed by a fire in 1913. The rebuilt inn was completed in 1916. All traces of the original building have been removed. A favourite haunt of William Crossing, the famous Dartmoor guide and author.


Grid Reference:SX 655 726
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INN (Burnt down, XIX to XX - 1835 AD to 1913 AD (Between))
  • INN (Altered, XX to World War I - 1913 AD to 1916 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Building is depicted on the Tithe Map at this location; 1085 on the Lydford Apportionment.

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

The Forest Inn is depicted on the late 19th century historic map.

Quick, T., 1992, Dartmoor Inns, 45-6 (Monograph). SDV359976.

The Forest Inn was built in the mid-19th century is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and was originally thatched (see photograph). Unfortunately in 1913 it was almost completely destroyed by a fire; only a small section of the building survived and this can be seen on the right of the new structure, which was completed in 1916 (see photograph). More recently the remainder of the original building was removed and the premises extended to today's size.
The Forest Inn was a favourite haunt of William Crossing who spent many a night here. Several interesting items of ironwork can be seen outside the inn, including a man-trap, which is said to have been placed outside the prison at Princetown.

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

The Forest Inn is depicted on the modern mapping.

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: #77642 ]
SDV359976Monograph: Quick, T.. 1992. Dartmoor Inns. Dartmoor Inns. Paperback Volume. 45-6.

Associated Monuments

MDV80798Related to: K6 telephone box, Hexworthy (Building)
MDV54463Related to: Tavistock to Ashburton pack-horse track (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 19 2017 11:52AM