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HER Number:MDV12722
Name:Enclosure with Ruined Buildings south-west of Sheepstor


A deserted settlement consisting of three buildings of late development with enclosures. The mid 19th century Tithe Map Apportionment for 'Jaspers and Gratton' lists the enclosure as a 'Garden' and later maps show it as a wooded enclosure


Grid Reference:SX 564 680
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 438846
  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE122
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/208

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Irregular shaped enclosure shown on 19th century Tithe Map. The Apportionent for 'Jaspers and Gratton' lists Field Number 183 as 'Garden'.

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

Irregular shaped enclosure shown on 19th century map surrounding a conifer plantation.

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

Wooded enclosure shown on early 20th century map.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs, 1890 4348-50 (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Phograph taken on 10th December 1946.

Royal Air Force, 1953, 58/1110, 0029-0030 (Aerial Photograph). SDV157241.

Photograph taken in May 1953.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, 124-5 (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

A deserted site consisting of three buildings of late development with enclosures.

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 126 (Un-published). SDV150434.

Site visited on 31st December 1966. A small house and enclosure on lower south-west slopes of Sheepstor. The house is in the north-east corner of the enclosure and measures 6.7 metres by 3.0 metres. Two outbuildings in the south-east corner. Possibly a warrener's dwelling.

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 161 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

A primitive house though more pretentious than longhouses on Willings Walls and Hentor warrens and in better repair.

National Monuments Record, 1976, National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph, SX5668/1/414-5 (Aerial Photograph). SDV345011.

Photograph taken on 8th April 1976.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX56NE122 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV254595.

(10/09/1980) To the south-west of Sheeps Tor, at SX 56446802 and 297m. O.D., is a ruined building, in the north-east corner of a small detached enclosure.
It measures 7.3m. by 3.8m. internally, with earth packed rubble walling 0.9m. wide and 1.0m. high except at the east end which is 1.7m. high. The entrance is at the west end, but there is no visible fire-places within the house.
There are no outbuildings as such and Haynes may be referring to the two yards with well constructed walls 1.0m. high.
The building is not a longhouse and its fairly good construction and condition lends weight to Haynes' view that this may have been the mid-19th century house associated with the Sheeps Tor Warren. (SX 56 NE 114).
Surveyed at 1:2500 on M.S.D. (plan with SX 56 NE 114).

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Area of enclosure approximately 0.1 hectares.

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

Sheeps Tor deserted farmstead.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Several boundary remnants shown on modern mapping in an irregular shaped enclosure.

Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England, 1021391 (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

Deserted settlement south-west of Sheepstor.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 126.
SDV157241Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1953. 58/1110. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. 0029-0030.
SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound + digital. 161.
SDV254595Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX56NE122. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 124-5.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #80620 ]
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). 1890 4348-50.
SDV345011Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. SX5575/1/433. Unknown. SX5668/1/414-5.
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. Sheeps Tor.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1021391.

Associated Monuments

MDV12721Related to: Sheepstor Warren (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 5 2021 10:09AM