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HER Number:MDV118376
Name:Former Leg o' Mutton, Yelverton


Said to have started as a dwelling, this became a temperance hotel in the late 19th century, before becoming the Yelverton Hotel (and later a public house). It was renamed in 1971 as The Foxhunter and then in 1984 became the Leg o' Mutton. Unclear when the pub closed but sometime between 2010 and 2015 the building has been at least partly demolished and replaced with modern apartments and some retail units.


Grid Reference:SX 517 679
Map Sheet:SX56NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckland Monachorum
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND MONACHORUM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NW/192

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TEMPERANCE HOTEL (Altered, XIX - 1882 AD to 1895 AD (Between))
  • PUBLIC HOUSE (Altered, XX - 1902 AD to 1950 AD (Between))

Full description

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

The late 19th century (1880s) historic map shows nothing on the northern side of the road at this location.

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

'Yelverton Hotel (Public House)' is indicated on the early 20th century historic maps (1907) but not on the later 20th century (1954) version.

Quick, T., 1992, Dartmoor Inns, 64-5 (Monograph). SDV359976.

The exact date when the Leg o' Mutton was built is uncertain, although records show that in 1846 it was a large house where mail was collected at 5:00am most mornings and taken by coach to Horrabridge. In 1882 it was sold to Julian Bayley who ran it as a temperance hotel until 1895. The hotel most probably replaced the Bullers Arms that stood on the opposite side of the road until 1870 when it was destroyed in a fire. In 1902 it was bought by a Mr B Meldrum who converted it back to a private dwelling before applying for and receiving permission to open it as a public house. It was then known as the Yelverton Hotel. In the 1930s it was acquired by Plymouth Breweries who ran it as the Yelverton Hotel until 1971 when it became The Foxhunter (after a famous showjumper). In 1979 it changed hands and was renamed in 1984 the Leg o' Mutton, from an area in Yelverton in which the land is shaped like a leg of mutton.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

2010 aerial image shows the building still stands with car park and may still be in use as a pub. Matches the image in the 1992 Dartmoor Inns book.

GetMapping PLC, 2015, 2015 Colour Aerial Photography (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV359717.

2015 aerial image shows this building has been rebuilt (at least the north-western part) as flats with parking to the rear.

Google, 2017, Google Streetview, Accessed 16/01/2017 (Website). SDV359965.

Image date: July 2016. No sign of a pub on this street; appears to be modern residential.

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).
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV359717Aerial Photograph: GetMapping PLC. 2015. 2015 Colour Aerial Photography (12.5cm resolution). 2015 Aerial Photograph. Digital.
SDV359965Website: Google. 2017. Google Streetview. http://maps.google.co.uk. Website. Accessed 16/01/2017.
SDV359976Monograph: Quick, T.. 1992. Dartmoor Inns. Dartmoor Inns. Paperback Volume. 64-5.

Associated Monuments

MDV48938Related to: Former Bullers Arms, Yelverton (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 20 2018 1:12PM