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HER Number:MDV119672
Name:Preston Farm, Drewsteignton


Farmstead dates to at least the late 13th century, based on documentary evidence. Depicted on the Tithe Map, the farm has expanded to the north-east since the 19th century with a number of modern buildings added.


Grid Reference:SX 749 903
Map Sheet:SX79SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDrewsteignton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishDREWSTEIGNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XI to XIII - 1066 AD to 1270 AD (Between))

Full description

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments (Cartographic). SDV359954.

The Tithe Map depiction of Preston shows the farmhouse on the northern side with an L-shaped building to the east and at least four smaller scattered buildings to the south. 1179 on the apportionment 'Homestead and yard'.

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

The later 19th century historic map shows the farm buildings have been developed slightly since the Tithe Map depiction and some of them enlarged. Calf house added?
Map object partly based on this source.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 434 (Monograph). SDV337894.

Preston is 'Prusteton' in 1270, 1330, 'Prestone' in 1275. Meaning 'Priest's Farm'.

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

The modern mapping shows that although a number of the buildings depicted on the Tithe Map have been preserved, the farm has expanded in modern times to the north-east, with a range of new buildings. Map object partly based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337894Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1932. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. IX. A5 Hardback. 434.
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV33442Parent of: Barn east of Preston farmhouse, Drewsteignton (Building)
MDV33408Parent of: Calf house south of Preston farmhouse, Drewsteignton (Building)
MDV33407Parent of: Preston farmhouse, Drewsteignton (Building)
MDV26741Related to: Lost field boundaries north of Preston, Drewsteignton (Monument)
MDV26740Related to: Lost field boundaries south and east of Preston, Drewsteignton (Monument)
MDV8439Related to: Prestonbury Castle Hillfort (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 7 2017 12:12PM