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HER Number:MDV123355
Name:Higher Tor Farm, Widecombe in the Moor


Higher Tor farmstead is shown on 19th century maps. 'Torr' is mentioned in documents dating back to 1249. It is shown on modern mapping as 'Higher Tor' farm. The 19th century Tithe Map Apportionment lists it as 'Higher Parr'.


Grid Reference:SX 697 726
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/188/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (First mentioned, XIII to Late Medieval - 1240 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Group of buildings shown on 19th century Tithe Map. Two main holdings listed:
'Lower Tarr' (to the south) and this holding: 2127 is marked on the Apportionment transcription as 'Higher Parr' (may be a typing error) 'House and garden', owned by Margaret Baring, occupied by William French. Single, rectangular building shown on the map, on same alignment as those to the south.

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

The late 19th century historic map shows this as a group of buildings to the north of Lower Torr, the house shown on the Tithe Map in holding 2129 now appears to be part of this northern farmstead (not separately labelled on this map).

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 530 (Monograph). SDV337894.

Lower Tor is first mentioned in 1249 in the assizes as 'La Torre' and as 'Torr' in 1410.

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

Higher Tor and Lower Tor are listed separately with Higher Tor having a longhouse.

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

Shown on modern mapping as 'Higher Tor' with 'Lower Tor' to the south.

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. 530.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Higher Tor and Lower Tor.
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: #114018 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV30015Parent of: Cottage north-west of Higher Tor Farmhouse, Widecombe (Building)
MDV21515Parent of: Higher Tor Farmhouse, Widecombe in the Moor (Building)
MDV30014Parent of: Outbuilding at Higher Tor Farm, Widecombe (Building)
MDV30016Related to: Lower Tor Farm, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 9 2018 2:27PM