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HER Number:MDV12827
Name:Routrundle Farmstead, Walkhampton


Routrundle farmstead shown on 19th century maps as listed as 'Rowtrundle' in the 19th century Tithe Map Apportionment. It was mentioned as 'Rowetrendell' in the 15th century


Grid Reference:SX 553 717
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset (Evidential): 18/12/2018
  • National Monuments Record: 440225
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/38

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 02/07/1964, F62/58/6399, 044-5 (Aerial Photograph). SDV272301.

Photograph taken on 2nd July 1964.

Griffith, F. M., 16/12/1988, DAP/JZ, 5-6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV241570.

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

'Routrundle' shown on 19th century Tithe Map as several buildings and small enclosures within a larger irregular shaped enclosure. The Apportionment for 'Rowtrundle' lists Field Number 346 as 'Houses Court and Mowhay' and Field Number 347 as 'Gardens'.

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

'Routrundle' shown on 19th century map as one long rectangular building with a small squarish building to the north in an irregular shaped enclosure.

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

'Routrundle' shown on early 20th century map.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 245 (Monograph). SDV1312.

'Rowtrundle' was mentioned as 'Rowetrendell' in 1417 interpreted as 'the rough circle'. This may refer to the ancient hut circle near the farm.

Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor (Monograph). SDV231148.

Royal Air Force, 1961, 58/4424, 165 (Aerial Photograph). SDV280247.

Linehan, C. D., 1965, Deserted Sites on Dartmoor, Devon, 124-5 (Article in Serial). SDV217992.

Routrundle farm. Two buildings and enclosures.

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

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 115, Plan (Un-published). SDV150434.

Site visited on 16th January 1967. A farm recently abandoned but still in use for holiday purposes. The farmhouse is closed and shuttered but the outbuildings are generally in poor condition. The house has a datestone 1866. Stable with loft built on to the east end and a shippon with pig styes at the west end with date stone 1908. The remaining buildings are in drystone and in ruins. Water supply by surface water from the slopes above through a spout over a trough in the yard.

Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor, 1035-6 (Monograph). SDV249702.

Brief description and history of Routrundle farm.

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

Routrundle farmstead listed.

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

'Routrundle' shown on modern mapping as a rectangular building in an irregular shaped enclosure.

National Monument Record, 2016, Pastscape, 440225, SX57SE69 (Website). SDV359354.

A deserted and ruined farmstead comprising a house of two rooms and outshut, a walled garden or yard and three small subsidiary buildings. The subsidiary buildings have walling of tumbled rubble which is now no more than 0.5 metres. high. The farmhouse, excluding the outshut at the south-west end, is 12.3 metres long overall and 4.7 metres wide. The walling is 0.6 metres thick and up to 1.8 metres high measured internally and 1.5 metres externally. It is well constructed of thin slabs with a clay mortar.
The house may occupy the site of a Medieval longhouse (there are traces of rig and furrow 100 metres to the south-east) but the building is likely to be the precursor of the published 'Routrundle'. This farmstead has a datestone '1866' and appears to be entirely of this date. It is now abandoned.

Bray, L., 2018, Routrundle (Un-published). SDV363905.

(18/12/2018) The first documentary reference to Routrundle is as ‘Rowetrundell’ and dates to the 15th century indicating its occupation dates to at least the Late Medieval period and potentially earlier. The site (HER No: MDV12827) thus possesses evidential value and should be considered an undesignated heritage asset.

Walls, S., 2019, Archaeological Monitoring during the groundworks associated with the erection of a proposed outbuilding at Routrundle, Sampford Spiney, Dartmoor (Report - Watching Brief). SDV363359.

No archaeological finds or deposits encountered during the watching brief.

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. 245.
SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 115, Plan.
SDV217992Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1965. Deserted Sites on Dartmoor, Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 97. A5 Hardback. 124-5.
SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume.
SDV241570Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 16/12/1988. DAP/JZ. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 5-6.
SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 1035-6.
SDV272301Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 02/07/1964. F62/58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 044-5.
SDV280247Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1961. 58/4424. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 165.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 124-5.
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. Routrundle.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #80656 ]
SDV359354Website: National Monument Record. 2016. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 440225, SX57SE69.
SDV363359Report - Watching Brief: Walls, S.. 2019. Archaeological Monitoring during the groundworks associated with the erection of a proposed outbuilding at Routrundle, Sampford Spiney, Dartmoor. South West Archaeology. SSY19. Digit.

Associated Monuments

MDV14151Related to: Babyland Deserted Farmstead north-east of Routrundle, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV3774Related to: Hut Circle within Routrundle North Pound, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV34228Related to: Potato Cave at Routrundle Farm, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV105688Related to: Routrundle North Pound, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV3775Related to: Routrundle South Pound, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV28495Related to: Worked stone at Routrundle Farm (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8206 - Watching bief ahead of proposed oconstruction of an outbuilding at Routrundle

Date Last Edited:Oct 20 2020 8:07AM