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HER Number:MDV14151
Name:Babyland Deserted Farmstead north-east of Routrundle, Walkhampton


Remains of a cottage and associated outbuildings and enclosures. Possibly the forerunner of Routrundle Farm. Also called Routroundle. Recorded as Babyland and Newtake on the Tithe Map and Apportionment. Deserted farmstead on site of Medieval longhouse. There is also a storage pit or hull.


Grid Reference:SX 551 718
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57SE69
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 440225
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/161

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LONGHOUSE (Built, Medieval - 1066 AD (Between) to 1539 AD (Between))
  • FARMSTEAD (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD (Between) to 1900 AD (Between))
  • STORAGE PIT (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD (Between) to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Recorded as Babyland and Newtake on the Tithe Map and Apportionment.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2149, 4442 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282746.

Royal Air Force, 1961, 58/4424, F44.165 (Aerial Photograph). SDV280247.

Royal Air Force, 1964, F62/58/6399, F6258 RAF/6399 044-5 (Aerial Photograph). SDV272301.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, 124-5, table 2 (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

Routroundle. Deserted farm site. Two buildings showing late development; associated enclosures.

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 112 (Un-published). SDV150434.

Site visit 16th January 1967. Turfed over ruin in field north-west of present routrundle. Cottage with croft and outbuildings. Probably the previous site of the modern Routrundle Farm.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX57SE69 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV254268.

(25/06/1980) At SX 55177188 there is 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 0.5m. high. The farmhouse, excluding the outshut at the south-west end, is 12.3m. long overall and 4.7m. wide. The walling, 0.6m. thick and up to 1.8m. high measured internally, (1.5m. externally), is well constructed of thin slabs with a clay mortar (see ground photographs).
The house may occupy the site of a Medieval longhouse (there are traces of rig and furrow 100m. 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.
The earlier ruins surveyed at 1:2500 on MSD.

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

Brief description and history of Routrundle farm, at SX 55407170, and description of the medieval longhouse remains at SX 55177188.

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

Visible and recorded.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2010, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Considered under the Monument Protection Programme but not recommended for scheduling. There is also a hull at Routrundle at SX55427170.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Extensive remains of buildings visible on aerial photo.

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

Babyland is included on list. No further information provided.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Ruined site depicted.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2010. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 112.
SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 1035-6.
SDV254268Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX57SE69. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV272301Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. F62/58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. F6258 RAF/6399 044-5.
SDV280247Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1961. 58/4424. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). F44.165.
SDV282746Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2149. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4442.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 124-5, table 2.
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.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. 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.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81145 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV130390Related to: Hut Circle 50 metres east of Routrundle Deserted Medieval Farmstead, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV12827Related to: Routrundle Farmstead, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV28495Related to: Worked stone at Routrundle Farm (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 8 2021 3:18PM