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HER Number:MDV15726
Name:Spitchwick Settlement, Widecombe in the Moor


Spitchwick a small Medieval settlement and the Domesday Manor of 'Espicewita'


Grid Reference:SX 708 725
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/26

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SETTLEMENT (First mentioned, XI to XIII - 1086 AD to 1244 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242.

Spitchwick, widecombe in the moor. A small medieval settlement and the domesday manor of espice wita. Some details of ownership and tenancies are given in 1086 and 1244 and subsequent early descents (reichel).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV294054.

Reichel, o. J. /tda/40(1908)118-119/the hundred of haytor in the time of 'testa de nevil' ad 1244.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV294055.

Gover, j. E. B. + mawer, a. + stenton, f. M. /the place-names of devon/(1931)529.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One (Monograph). SDV1312.

Spitchwick is first mentioned in the domesday book as espicewita. It is recorded in various documents throughout the middle ages with different spellings. This name is probably a compound of the old english spic, meaning bacon and wic hence 'bacon-farm' (gover + mawer + stenton).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback.
SDV242Migrated Record:
SDV294054Migrated Record:
SDV294055Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV29940Related to: Higher Lodge, Spitchwick, Widecombe (Building)
MDV113120Related to: Spitchwick Farmstead, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)
MDV29937Related to: Spitchwick House, Widecombe (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 17 2016 2:53PM