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HER Number:MDV122301
Name:Dury Farm, Bellever


Farmstead dates to at least the early-mid 19th century, but may have medieval origins. A documentary source from 1344 indicates it was associated with the family of Richard Dury. Altered in the late 19th century and a number a modern additions. Two of the surviving buildings are thought to have 19th century fabric.


Grid Reference:SX 661 778
Map Sheet:SX67NE
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

  • FARMSTEAD (First mentioned, XIV to Late Medieval - 1390 AD? to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Dury Farm is shown on the Tithe Map; 602 on the apportionment: 'Dwelling house, outhouses, court, waste and gardens'. Part of the Dury Estate, it was owned at this time by the Reverend John White, and occupied by William Phelps. The map shows three buildings at Dury, arranged in a parallel row, all aligned east-west. The central is the largest and may be the dwelling.

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

The late 19th century historic map shows the farm has been extensively changed; only the northern of the three buildings shown on the Tithe Map appears to have survived. To the south now lie an L-shaped building and to the south-west a large rectangular structure, aligned north-south (a replacement farmhouse?).

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

By the time of the early 20th century historic map, the L-shaped building is now gone and the northern building has been extended, with a new wing on the northern side.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 198 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Dury is recorded in the mid 14th century as 'terram de Dury' (1344) and is probably associated with the family of Richard Dury.

White, P., 2013, Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads (Un-published). SDV352501.

06/02/13 Dury Farm noted as a historic farmstead not previously included in Dartmoor National Park Authority surveys.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

The modern mapping shows a number of modern buildings have been added to the farm, so the north, south and centrally. Two mid-late 19th century buildings (the northern with possible earlier origins) survive at the farm.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 198.
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).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #112212 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV26463Related to: Field system on Riddon Ridge (Monument)
MDV26217Related to: Field system to the north of Riddon Ridge (Monument)
MDV77446Related to: Lower Merripit Farmstead, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV77672Related to: Pizwell Farm, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV26215Related to: RIDGE AND FURROW in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 3 2018 12:57PM