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HER Number:MDV16731
Name:Quarrymen's houses, Haytor Quarry


Ruined remains of three rectangular buildings and an enclosure on the north-west slope of East Emsworthy Rocks, associated with the Haytor Quarries which were operating between 1820 and the 1850s.


Grid Reference:SX 751 769
Map Sheet:SX77NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Remains of early to mid 19th century quarrymen's houses at Haytor Quarry

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX77NE63
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1221514
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NE/72/1
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Built, XIX - 1820 AD (Between) to 1859 AD (Between))
  • INDUSTRIAL HOUSE (Built, XIX - 1820 AD (Between) to 1859 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/UK/879, 7002 (Aerial Photograph). SDV269537.

Adams, A. E., 1946, Haytor Granite Railway, 153 (Article in Serial). SDV315785.

Remains of buildings used to house quarrymen working the quarry to west of Haytor Rocks.

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

Enclosure visible on Royal Air Force aerial photographs and recorded on map overlay.

Everett, C., 1988, Buildings at SX7518 7694 (Worksheet). SDV315787.

Visited February 1988. Industrial housing below Harrow Barrow Quarry (SX77NE/33), plan at a scale of 1:100 shows buildings along south and west sides of the enclosure.

Everett, C., 1988, Haytor Down - Summary of Archaeological Features (Report - Survey). SDV359684.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East (Monograph). SDV299725.

Depicted by Butler.

Harris, H., 1994, The Haytor Granite Tramway and Stover Canal, 26, 43 (Monograph). SDV341541.

Site of former housing for quarrymen. Rectangle of tumbled walling with sub-divisions. Replaced by workers' housing at Haytor Vale.

Newman, P., 1999, 2002, Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon (Revised) (Report - Survey). SDV346395.

(Visited 30/04/1999) Centred SX 7518 7694. A range of ruined buildings and a derelict enclosure are sited just north-west of the Harrow Barrow quarry (SX 77 NE 41). The primary building sits on an artificial level terrace at the base of the north facing slope, oriented east-west. It has internal dimensions of 12 metres by 3.0 metres and is well-constructed from partly dressed granite. An associated enclosure of 0.5 hectares in area, constructed from dry-stone granite, extends to the north of the building. Additional building remains are incorporated into the western enclosure wall with an overall measurement of 16 metres by 5.0 metres. The footings of a narrow, linear structure are also visible in the central area of the enclosure.
These structures were certainly associated with the Haytor Granite Quarries which operated on Haytor Down between 1820 and 1850 (citing Newman, P., 30/04/1999, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 2002, Haytor Down: The Archaeology (Plan - measured). SDV359685.

Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

The remains of the buildings are shown on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV269537Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/UK/879. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 7002.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume.
SDV315785Article in Serial: Adams, A. E.. 1946. Haytor Granite Railway. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 78. Unknown. 153.
SDV315787Worksheet: Everett, C.. 1988. Buildings at SX7518 7694. Worksheet. Digital.
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.
SDV341541Monograph: Harris, H.. 1994. The Haytor Granite Tramway and Stover Canal. The Haytor Granite Tramway and Stover Canal. A5 Paperback. 26, 43.
SDV346395Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 1999, 2002. Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon (Revised). Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A1/2/1999. A4 Spiral Bound.
SDV359684Report - Survey: Everett, C.. 1988. Haytor Down - Summary of Archaeological Features.
SDV359685Plan - measured: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 2002. Haytor Down: The Archaeology. A1 Folded.
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81870 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV117048Related to: Building north of Emsworthy Rocks Eastern Quarry, Ilsington (Building)
MDV56660Related to: Emsworthy Rocks East Quarry (Harrow Barrow), Ilsington (Monument)
MDV26824Related to: Tin working trial pits east of Emsworthy Rocks, Ilsington (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7021 - Haytor Down: Survey Report (Ref: A1/2/1999)

Date Last Edited:May 24 2022 4:01PM