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HER Number:MDV15310
Name:Building 150m west of Stannon Brook

Summary

A large rectangular drystone building set in a natural hollow 150 metres west of the Stannon Brook. Two entrances almost opposite each other in centre of long walls. Another entrance at south-east corner. No visible drilled stone. Building has 18th century appearance. Possible fireplace on north side of western entrance.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 647 814
Map Sheet:SX68SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SW/77

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BUILDING (XVII to XVIII - 1700 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Small rectangular building shown on 19th century map.


Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs, 1995/4364-5 (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Photograph taken on 13th April 1947.


Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 152, Plan (Un-published). SDV150434.

Site visited on 30th June 1966. A cross passage longhouse with level floor. Separate doorway in to south room. Possible fireplace in north west wall. No outbuildings but round pound with gateway to the east.


Greeves, T. A. P., 1982, Building 150 metres west of the Stannon Brook (Worksheet). SDV359477.

Site visited on 9th March 1982. A large rectangular drystone building set in a natural hollow 150 metres west of the Stannon Brook. Two entrances almost opposite each other in centre of long walls. Another entrance at south-east corner. No visible drilled stone. Building has 18th century appearance. Possible fireplace on north side of western entrance.


Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor (Monograph). SDV249702.

The longhouse is 52 foot by 12 foot with a central through-passage 28 foot from the north (upper) end. A fireplace abuts the rear wall of the building. A well-formed narrow doorway, perhaps for animals occurs near the south-east corner of the lower-end room.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Visible on aerial photograph.


Fletcher, M. J., 1990, Field Investigation - Stannon Brook (Report - Survey). SDV251201.

Site visited on 2nd July 1990. The roofless ruins of this substantial building, probably a farmstead of early 19th century origin, occupy a sheltered position in a natural hollow situated on a steep east-facing slope at 439 metres od. It has fine views of the moorland pasture across the broad shallow valley to the east; the upper part of a pound is just visible. There are no plots or field walls visible in the vicinity of the building. A spring, now choked with reeds, rises near the main entrance. This dwelling may have been constructed by Thomas Hullett some years after he obtained the lease for the Newtake in 1807.
Built along the contour and across the mouth of the hollow it measures 15.2 metres (north to south) by 3.6 metres internally with coursed drystone walling on average 0.8 metres high, however it is up to 1.7 metres high in the south-east corner. The entrances to the cross passage are each 0.75 metres wide and the entrance in the south-east is 0.8 metres wide. There are no traces of window or door mouldings however quoins of rough moorland slabs survive in the se corner. Two upright slabs 1.1 metres apart and each 0.8 metres high located against the inner west wall may, as suggested be the remains of a fireplace.


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

Whiteridge longhouse.


Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Small rectangular building shown on modern mapping.


National Monument Record, 2016, Pastscape, 443985, SX68SW/42 (Website). SDV359354.

Ruined dwelling - possible farmstead.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 152, Plan.
SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume.
SDV251201Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 1990. Field Investigation - Stannon Brook. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). 1995/4364-5.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Whiteridge.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81548 ]
SDV359354Website: National Monument Record. 2016. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 443985, SX68SW/42.
SDV359477Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1982. Building 150 metres west of the Stannon Brook. Worksheet.

Associated Monuments

MDV19548Related to: Building north-east of Stannon Tor (Building)
MDV27288Related to: Enclosure 45 metres west of Stannon Brook, Lydford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 19 2018 10:33AM