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HER Number:MDV13300
Name:Gisperdown Farmhouse, South Brent


Gisperdown farmhouse including barn and stables adjoining north-east and shippon adjoining south. It was built in the 17th century with later alterations


Grid Reference:SX 699 630
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/170
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Robinson, R., 1980, An Archaeological Check-List for South Brent (Report - non-specific). SDV150007.

Farmhouse, Gisperdown. Extant. 16th century. Date of site 13th century or earlier.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

Gisperdown Farmhouse including barn and stables adjoining north east and shippen adjoining south.
Built in the 17th century or earlier with 18th and 19th century stable and barn. Stone rubble slurried slate roof with gabled ends. The stables and barn have corrugated iron roof with gabled ends. Long range originally probably a three room and cross (or through) passage plan. The lower room, possibly originally the shippon, has been shortened and largely rebuilt as a service room and the stables and barn extension has been added to the higher end. A shippon has been added at right angles to the front of the lower end. The house is two storeys, now symmetrical three bays with central projection with blocked first floor window and 19th century gabled stone porch. 19th and 20th century two-light casements. Projecting rectangular stair turret at rear, at lower end of original hall. End chimney stacks. Hipped slate roofed shippen with loft above projecting at right angles to dairy at lower end. Stables added at higher end in circa 18th and circa 19th century barn extension further uphill with later implement shed on front. Interior of house: the 19th century entrance is at upper end of hall and has partitioned lobby. The original hall room has chamfered ceiling beams and open fireplace at lower end with chamfered timber lintel with scroll stops. Newel stairs to side of stack at back. Roof not inspected. Built on original land on the edge of Dartmoor Gisperdown Farmhouse is an interestingly evolved house which possibly originated as a longhouse.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV150007Report - non-specific: Robinson, R.. 1980. An Archaeological Check-List for South Brent. DAS/DCRA Publication. 8. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #80857 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV113245Part of: Gisperdown Farmstead, South Brent (Monument)
MDV14116Related to: Incised Cross Fragment at Gisperdown Farmstead, South Brent (Monument)
MDV38021Related to: Shippon south of farmhouse at Gisperdown Farm, South Brent (Building)
MDV13519Related to: Stone or weight on Gisperdown (Monument)
MDV13301Related to: Three flints found at Gipersdown Farm, South Brent (Monument)
MDV13302Related to: Two Granite Rollers at Gisperdown Farmstead, South Brent (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 4 2015 1:42PM