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HER Number:MDV14222
Name:Deserted Medieval Settlement, Lydford part of Dartmoor Forest


Group of presumed Medieval buildings between supposed site of blowing house and the modern road, on right bank of Stannon Brook


Grid Reference:SX 648 794
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW252
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1404474
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/118
  • Old SAM Ref: 34497

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1951, 540/483, 4046 (Aerial Photograph). SDV248164.

Photograph taken on 24th April 1951.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1983, Middle Merripit Survey Drawing (Plan - measured). SDV321106.

Medieval settlement in the 'Stannon Brook' Valley includes buildings on a terrace above the stream. A group of presumed Medieval buildings between supposed site of blowing house and the modern road, on right bank of Stannon Brook. The largest building is 10.8 metres by 3.4 metres denoted by turf-covered wall 0.8 metres-1.5 metres wide by up to 0.5 metres high. Structures showing as low turf-covered banks with occasional stones visible. The two southern houses have been partially covered by a dump of topsoil from Middle Merripit in 1981. The proximity of these houses to the blowing house suggests a direct association.

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

This settlement only just visible - appears to be two adjoining buildings with a possible third.

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

Ringhill deserted farmstead site.

Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England, 1021338 (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

The medieval settlement 470 metres east of Hartyland survives well and is unusually situated immediately adjacent to a blowing mill. This type of close relationship is very rare on Dartmoor and it is possible that this settlement may also contain crucial information relating to the domestic aspects of the tin industry. Information relating to usual agricultural activities will also survive.

Lane, K. + Horsham, R., July 1998, DTRG AGM Postbridge Excursion, 2-4 (Article in Serial). SDV214902.

Possibly the site of one of the 'lost' ancient tenements.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV214902Article in Serial: Lane, K. + Horsham, R.. July 1998. DTRG AGM Postbridge Excursion. Dartmoor Tin Working Research Group Newsletter. 15. Unknown. 2-4.
SDV248164Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1951. 540/483. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4046.
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.
SDV321106Plan - measured: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1983. Middle Merripit Survey Drawing. Middle Merripit Survey Drawing. Digital.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Ringhill DMS.
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1021338. [Mapped feature: #81179 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5852Related to: Tin works on Stannon Brook, Hartland Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV685 - DTRG AGM Postbridge Excursion
  • EDV8648 - Middle Merripit Farm, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Mar 8 2022 12:24PM