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HER Number:MDV19414
Name:Butlas Farmstead


Butlas farmstead was mentioned in the 13th century and may have been part of a small hamlet in the 18th and early 19th century


Grid Reference:SX 554 546
Map Sheet:SX55SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBrixton
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX55SE/34

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Early Medieval to XVI - 1066 AD to 1600 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Butlass' farmstead is shown on 19th century map as a group of farm buildings around several irregular shaped yards and surrounded by small orchards.

Reichel, O. J., 1928 - 1938, The Hundred of Plympton in Early Times, 267,283,301 (Article in Monograph). SDV161480.

Butlas farm in Brixton is the probable approximate site of a medieval estate recorded as Botesforda in the Domesday survey. An account of its possession in the 13th century is given.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 250 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Butlas was mentioned as 'Plethameston' in a deed of 1250 and 'Pledmeston' in 1300. It was 'Buttelers' in 1504 and a Richard Butler was living in the parish in 1525.

Exeter Archaeology, 2000, Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed New Settlement Site, Brixton, South Hams, 2, 13 (Report - Assessment). SDV324147.

The estate of Botesforda is interpreted as Battisford at NGR SX57255485. Butlas farmstead was named Plethameston in 1250.

Scott Wilson, 2006, Sherford New Community: Environmental Statement, Site B3 (Report - Assessment). SDV340472.

Late 18th century map evidence suggests the farm once formed a small hamlet but no visible evidence survives. The existing farm buildings are all of post medieval date.

Jack, S. + Steadman, S., 2007, Sherford New Community: Environmental Statement - Cultural Heritage, Table 9.4 (Report - Assessment). SDV340474.

South Hams District Council, 2008, Conversion of Barns to Three Dwellings at Butlass Farm, 07/0849/08 (Planning Application). SDV340596.

Proposal for the barns situated to the west of the farmhouse at Butlas Farm to be converted into three residential units. Other details: Plans.

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. 250.
SDV161480Article in Monograph: Reichel, O. J.. 1928 - 1938. The Hundred of Plympton in Early Times. The Hundreds of Devon. A5 Hardback. 267,283,301.
SDV324147Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2000. Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed New Settlement Site, Brixton, South Hams. Exeter Archaeology Report. 00.69. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2, 13.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV340472Report - Assessment: Scott Wilson. 2006. Sherford New Community: Environmental Statement. Scott Wilson Report. D108531. A4 Stapled + Digital. Site B3.
SDV340474Report - Assessment: Jack, S. + Steadman, S.. 2007. Sherford New Community: Environmental Statement - Cultural Heritage. Scott Wilson Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. Table 9.4.
SDV340596Planning Application: South Hams District Council. 2008. Conversion of Barns to Three Dwellings at Butlass Farm. South Hams District Council Planning Application. A4 Stapled. 07/0849/08.

Associated Monuments

MDV65596Related to: Barn north of Butlas Farm (Monument)
MDV65586Related to: Barn southwest of Butlas Farm (Monument)
MDV74369Related to: Butlas Farm Animal Pens (Monument)
MDV74368Related to: Butlas Farm Barn (Monument)
MDV74370Related to: Butlas Farm Barn and Livestock Shed (Monument)
MDV74371Related to: Butlas Farm Cart Shed (Monument)
MDV74367Related to: Butlas Farm Threshing Barn (Monument)
MDV74366Related to: Butlas Farmhouse (Monument)
MDV65595Related to: Cottage north of Butlas Farm (Monument)
MDV65585Related to: Cottage southwest of Butlas Farm (Monument)
MDV74394Related to: Track south of Butlas Farmstead (Monument)
MDV65606Related to: Water Meadow west of Butlas Farmstead (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4380 - Assessment for Sherford New Community
  • EDV4384 - Planning Application for Conversion of Barns at Butlas Farm

Date Last Edited:Jun 4 2021 7:08AM