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HER Number:MDV13321
Name:Higher Downstow Farmstead, South Brent


Higher Downstow farmstead shown on 19th century maps. Downstow was mentioned from the 13th century


Grid Reference:SX 695 624
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/188

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Square building shown on 19th century Tithe Map in a curvilinear yard with four adjoining buildings to the east. The Apportionment for 'Downstow' lists Field Number 307 as 'Dwelling house other Buildings yard & c'.

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

'Downstow' shown on 19th century map as a group of buildings around a rectilinear yard with a curvilinear enclosure to the west.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 291 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Downstow was mentioned as 'Duntestorr' in 1238, 'Dountestorr' in 1330, 'Dunstorre' in 1464 and 'Downster' in 1724.

Robinson, R., 1977-1979, South Brent Parish Checklist Worksheets, Pages 725 of 821 (Worksheet). SDV340722.

Farmhouse at Higher Downstow. Extant 17th century building. Date of site possibly Saxon.
Higher Downstow; small granite trough in farmyard at rear of house (citing Worth, R. H., Dartmoor, pg 390).

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

Higher Downstow farmstead listed.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Higher Downstow farmstead shown on modern mapping.

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. 291.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV340722Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1977-1979. South Brent Parish Checklist Worksheets. South Brent Parish Checklist. Worksheet. Pages 725 of 821.
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. Higher Downstow.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #80867 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV13355Related to: Downstow Barn, South Brent (Building)
MDV53776Related to: Nissen Hut south-west of Higher Downstow, South Brent (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 22 2018 12:55PM