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HER Number:MDV122398
Name:Great Beere farm, North Tawton


Farmstead dates to at least the early 17th century, based on the age of the farm buildings. Depicted on the 19th century historic maps, changes to the buildings in the 20th century has changed the layout of the farm. Work was overseen by Exeter Archaeology in 2010 during conversion of the farm buildings that showed late 17th / early 18th century origins.


Grid Reference:SS 690 033
Map Sheet:SS60SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNorth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH TAWTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Built, XVI to XVII - 1600 AD to 1699 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Marked as plantation on the Tithe Map; part of the Great Beer estate. North Tawton 40, with garden, mow plot and orchard (41-43). At least six buildings shown, set around a yard.

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

The late 19th century historic map (1880s) shows 'Great Beer', apparently with the same buildings as shown on the earlier Tithe Map, although with some alterations and additions, particularly to the buildings to the south-west of the dwelling. Two are shown with semi-circular engine houses attached.

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

The early 20th century historic map depicts 'Great Beere'. Layout is largely the same as previous depictions, although the most northerly building on the farm has been greatly reduced in size and one of the engine houses is now shown as a dotted line.

Gaimster, M., 2011, Post-Medieval Fieldwork in Britain and Northern Ireland in 2010: Devon (Article in Serial). SDV361542.

NORTH TAWTON, GREAT BEERE (SS 6902 0337). R. W. Parker and A. Farnell (Exeter Archaeology) recorded part of a complex of farm buildings prior to conversion. They were probably constructed in the late 17th or early 18th century, and a number of reused timbers were observed (citing Exeter Archaeology Report 10.32).

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

Depicted on the modern mapping. Most of the buildings shown on the 19th century historic maps are now gone.

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).
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #112385 ]
SDV361542Article in Serial: Gaimster, M.. 2011. Post-Medieval Fieldwork in Britain and Northern Ireland in 2010: Devon. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 45. A4 Stapled + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV93538Parent of: Great Beere farmhouse, North Tawton (Building)
MDV1067Related to: Beere Deserted Medieval Settlement, North Tawton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 19 2018 8:33AM