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HER Number:MDV14381
Name:Headland Warren House, North Bovey


Headland Warren House is a small farmhouse with an adjoining barn. Probably built in the late 16th/early 17th century and considerably altered in the 20th century


Grid Reference:SX 693 811
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishNorth Bovey
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH BOVEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Buildings Record: 110825
  • National Monuments Record: SX68SE418
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1485994
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/8/1
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 85125

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (XVI to Late 20th Century - 1567 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Depicted on the Tithe Map (1221 on apportionment; 'house and garden').

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

Building shown on 19th century map.

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 211 (Monograph). SDV149229.

Headland Warren house. Small thatched house still occupied.

Haynes, R. G., 1970, Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor, 162 (Article in Serial). SDV166302.

At the back is a small field with ruined walls, in one corner of which is a dog house. There is evidence that the warren house was used as an inn at one time.

Department of Environment, 1987, North Bovey, Volume 1803 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV348844.

A late 16th century or early 17th century farmhouse and adjoining barn with 20th century alterations. The building has granite rubble walls, some of which are rendered, a granite rubble gable end stack and a thatched roof which is part corrugated asbestos. The barn is attached to the house, is contemporary and built of granite rubble with corrugated iron roof.

Newman, P., 2001, Headland Warren Part 2: Medieval Settlement and Enclosures, 7 (Report - Survey). SDV360131.

Headland Warren House on the upper reaches of the West Webburn river with origins in the 18th century.

Newman, P., 2001, Headland Warren Part 3: The Warren, 3, Figure 2, Plate 1 (Report - Survey). SDV359913.

The warren house lies at the head of the West Webburn river. It is located on a level shelf just east of the stream. The house was originally built for the warren in the late 18th century although the site itself could have much earlier origins. Attached to the rear eastern side of the house is a small stone enclosure which has a stone chamber built into one corner. This is traditionally described as a dog pit or kennel which accommodated working dogs used at the warren.

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

Depicted on the modern mapping.

English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England, 1307063 (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

Headland Warren Farmhouse - including adjoining barn - II
Small farmhouse and adjoining barn. Probably late 16th/early 17th century, considerably altered in the 20th century. Granite rubble walls, rendered to left side of front (south west) wall. Tall granite rubble gable end stack with drip-moulds. Thatched roof, part corrugated asbestos, gable ended. Plan somewhat obscured by alterations, appears originally to have had 2 rooms, one heated by gable end stack with newel staircase to the side of it. Barn attached to opposite gable end possibly, in part at least, contemporary. Two storeys. House to left, long barn to right. Asymmetrical 2-window front to house. 2-light 20th century casements with glazing bars. On ground floor to the left is 3- light granite mullioned window with hoodmould and iron stanchion bars. Chamfered mullions and frame. To right of window is 20th century glass conservatory with lean-to roof, behind it front door to house is 19th century plank door. To right of conservatory is a granite rubble outshut above which is a large first floor 20th century 3-light casement dormer window. To right of outshut on ground floor is double French window. Interior of house inaccessible at time of survey but seen to contain open fireplace with wooden lintel and stairs in corner beyond.

Historic England, 2021-2022, NRHE to HER website, Accessed 27/04/2021 (Website). SDV364039.

List of photographs listed in NRHE record of the feature taken by the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England (Peter William, 1999-02-11). Details in Notes field.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 211.
SDV166302Article in Serial: Haynes, R. G.. 1970. Vermin Traps and Rabbit Warrens on Dartmoor. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 4. A4 Bound + digital. 162.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV348844List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. North Bovey. Historic Houses Register. A4 Single Sheet. Volume 1803.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81238 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website. 1307063.
SDV359913Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2001. Headland Warren Part 3: The Warren. English Heritage Survey Report. A1/20/2001. A4 Comb Bound. 3, Figure 2, Plate 1.
SDV360131Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2001. Headland Warren Part 2: Medieval Settlement and Enclosures. English Heritage. A1/20/2001. A4 Comb Bound. 7.
SDV364039Website: Historic England. 2021-2022. NRHE to HER website. https://nrhe-to-her.esdm.co.uk/NRHE. Website. Accessed 27/04/2021.

Associated Monuments

MDV77046Part of: Headland Warren farmstead, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV6549Part of: Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV93080Related to: Headland Warren Barn, North Bovey (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7139 - Headland Warren and the Birch Tor and Vitifer Mines Survey (Ref: A1/20/2001, A1/34/2002)

Date Last Edited:Apr 27 2021 12:32PM