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HER Number:MDV121029
Name:Parson's Cottage, Princetown


No longer extant, the late 19th century depicts a dwelling south of the road, adjacent to the woodland. Also shown on the early 20th century historic map, was apparently still in use in the later 1940s (aerial photograph shows it amongst the wartime nissen huts), but is completely removed by 1999.


Grid Reference:SX 580 749
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NE129
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1364148

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Post Medieval - 1540 AD (Between) to 1750 AD (Between))
  • HOUSE (Constructed, XIX - 1850 AD to 1880 AD)

Full description

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

The late 19th century historic map shows a dwelling to the south of the road; a roughly U-shaped structure.

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

The early 20th century map clearly shows the building, unchanged from the late 19th century historic map depiction.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

The aerial photograph shows the building clearly still roofed and apparently in use. It is bordered to the west and north by the groups of nissen huts and some woodland remaining on the east / south-east side. By the time of the 1999 aerial, all trace of the house has been removed.

Probert, S. A. J., 2002?, An archaeological survey and evaluation of Dartmoor Prison Farm (Report - Survey). SDV364452.

Historic England, 2021-2022, NRHE to HER website, Accessed 15/10/2021 (Website). SDV364039.

[1364148/SX57NE129] Parsons Cottage. Described as a post-medieval farmstead. No source information recorded.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #80276 ]
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV364039Website: Historic England. 2021-2022. NRHE to HER website. https://nrhe-to-her.esdm.co.uk/NRHE. Website. Accessed 15/10/2021.

Associated Monuments

MDV55621Related to: Nissen huts along road north of Princetown Prison (Building)
MDV55622Related to: Nissen huts along road north of Princetown Prison (Building)
MDV117300Related to: Prison farm estate, Princetown (Monument)
MDV16974Related to: Tavistock to Moretonhampstead road (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8714 - Survey of Dartmoor Prison Farm

Date Last Edited:Oct 15 2021 12:58PM