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HER Number:MDV121411
Name:Gateposts on southern lane to Forder Farm


A fine pair of granite and slate rubble gate post were recorded here in 1979, at the point where a lane south from Forder Farm (largely disused) joins the public road. Topped with four-sided granite pyramids. Unclear whether these have survived into modern times.


Grid Reference:SX 712 605
Map Sheet:SX76SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GATE PIER (Constructed, XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1839 AD (Between))

Full description

Robinson, R., 1977-1979, South Brent Parish Checklist, page 740-41 of 821 (Worksheet). SDV151046.

SX71206059 Forder Farm, Gateposts (09//03/1979)
The lane south from Forder Farm, now largely disused, joins a public road at SX71206059 after passing under the railway. The pair of gatepost here are above the ordinary being square, well-built of dressed granite and slate rubble, and capped with a carefully worked four-sided pyramid of granite, of low profile. The west side has a rebate for a gate 5 centimetres deep starting 30 centimetres from the south face. Height to base of capstone about 2.0 metres, length of side 0.75 metres.
Forder Farm was owned by Dr Butler of Somerswood in the early 19th century (information from Tithe Apportionment) and his initials and the date 1834 appear on one of the barns. HE erected several impressive gateposts in the neighbourhood (Aish Lane, Somerswood and possibly Corringdon Farm and Ball Gate) and it seems likely that these are also his work. They do not ever appear to have had a ball finial; i.e. there is no metal spike inserted to hold one.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV151046Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1977-1979. South Brent Parish Checklist. South Brent Parish Checklist. A4 Single Sheet. page 740-41 of 821. [Mapped feature: #110712 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV29678Related to: 'Ball Gate' (Monument)
MDV121408Related to: Decorated gate piers, Corringdon (Monument)
MDV121406Related to: Decorated gate piers, Somerswood (Monument)
MDV13661Related to: Forder Farmstead, South Brent (Monument)
MDV13684Related to: Slotted gatepost at Forder Farm (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 19 2018 9:27AM