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HER Number:MDV14437
Name:Lower Gooseford Farm, South Tawton


Lower Gooseford farmstead dates to the mid-17th century, based on the age of the former farmhouse; now agricultural building. Included in Dartmoor Historic farmstead survey, it was visited in 1995 and recorded. Depicted variously on the historic maps as 'East Gooseford' farm but has also been referred to as 'West Gooseford'.


Grid Reference:SX 267 091
Map Sheet:SX20NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH TAWTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SE/75
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Constructed, XVII - 1635 AD (Between) to 1675 AD (Between))

Full description

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments, Plot 348 (Cartographic). SDV359954.

Farm is depicted on the Tithe Map with farmhouse to south and adjoining building bordering east wide of farm. Associated buildings along northern side of site and adjoining northern side of dwelling.

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

Late 19th century historic map shows site at East Gooseford largely similar to the Tithe Map depiction, with leat leading to the eastern side of the farm. Horse engine house shown on the northern side of the northern building.

Lega-Weekes, E., 1901, The Neighbours of North Wyke: Part 1, 339-468 (Article in Serial). SDV347144.

West Gooseford Farm. Complex of farm buildings at present farm.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Farm has been remodelled by the early 20th century historic map depiction, which labels the site 'West Gooseford'. Building adjoining the former farmhouse is now gone and the farm site has its surviving arrangement of range of buildings around yard, open to west. Bank barn also now depicted at north-eastern corner of site.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 451 (Monograph). SDV337894.

'Gooseford' is recorded in documents dating to 1249 as 'Goseford' and again in 1254.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1981, Note (Worksheet). SDV252620.

(04/12/1981) The owner says that the building, now used as a farm building, at SX 6757 9172 (MDV33544), used to be a dwelling house and has a stone slab in it dated 1641.

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

(-/-/2002) Considered under MPP but not recommended for scheduling because it remains in use.

McKay, K., 1994 - 1997, Dartmoor National Park Authority Farmstead Survey 1994-1997 (Report - Survey). SDV344544.

SX 676 918 Lower Gooseford farmstead included in survey. Visited on 14.11.1995. Layout consists of buildings bordering yard on three sides; from south-west (cowhouse/former farmhouse), east (linhay) and north (shippon), with a band bank adjoining at the north-eastern corner of farm. Cowhouse is mid-17th century and was built as a 3-room cross passage farmhouse; remodelled to current use. Shippon and linhay are 18th and late 18th century in date and bank barn 19th century.

Ordnance Survey, 2024, Mastermap 2024 (Cartographic). SDV365834.

Site shown on the modern mapping to east of 'Gooseford Farm' retains the layout shown on the Second Edition OS map, with a modern building added at the western side of the farm.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2010. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV252620Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1981. Note. Worksheet. Unknown.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337894Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1932. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. IX. A5 Hardback. 451.
SDV344544Report - Survey: McKay, K.. 1994 - 1997. Dartmoor National Park Authority Farmstead Survey 1994-1997. Dartmoor National Park Authority. Mixed Archive Material.
SDV347144Article in Serial: Lega-Weekes, E.. 1901. The Neighbours of North Wyke: Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. A5 Hardback. 339-468.
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital. Plot 348.
SDV365834Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2024. Mastermap 2024. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81258 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV94247Parent of: Cowhouse east of Gooseford farmhouse, South Tawton (Building)
MDV15316Part of: Manor of Gooseford, South Tawton (Monument)
MDV78099Related to: Higher Gooseford Farm, South Tawton (Monument)
MDV78100Related to: Middle Gooseford Farm, South Tawton (Monument)
MDV134801Related to: Millpond at Gooseford, South Tawton (Monument)
MDV78102Related to: West Gooseford Farm, South Tawton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 18 2024 9:50AM