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HER Number:MDV20472
Name:Wigney farm, Okehampton Hamlets


Farmstead dates to at least the late 18th century, based on cartographic evidence, although may be older. After the late 19th century, farm appears to decline and by the early-mid 20th century, no dwelling house is maintained. In modern times, this site consists of two farm buildings; the western of the two is modern.


Grid Reference:SX 570 935
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Ruined structural remains of pre-19th century dwelling and associated building at Wigney Farm, Okehampton

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/90
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XVIII - 1701 AD? to 1780 AD)

Full description

Lang, G., 1777, Courtenay Estate Map (Record Office Collection). SDV144955.

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Wigney is depicted on the Tithe Map; 888 on the Okehampton Apportionment ('House, yard and garden'). Farmstead is a collection of narrow buildings, all lying parallel to one another. Farmhouse has another building adjoining to the west. Further small buildings are scattered around and one or two lie to the east of the farmhouse; the majority are to the west.

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

Apart from losing one or two of the small buildings to the west of the farmhouse and attached building, the late 19th century depiction is largely the same as the Tithe Map depiction.
Map object based on this source.

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

Early 20th century historic map shows only the main buildings remain; farmhouse and adjoining building and main farm building lying to the west. One small late 19th century outbuilding in field to the east.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

By the 1940s, the house and adjoining building are in ruins and only foundations can be seen on the aerial photograph; one remaining building on the farm.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1978, Archaeological Sites within Okehampton Park and its Vicinity (Un-published). SDV233126.

Wigney is marked on the Courtenay Estate map of 1780.

GetMapping, 1999 - 2000, Dartmoor 1999-2000 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345751.

No trace of the old house and other buildings now remains, although the outline of the yard etc. can still be traced faintly. A modern farm building has been added parallel to the remaining farm building.

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

Included on list. No further detail provided.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

The modern map shows only two buildings; the eastern is the only remaining building of the old farm and the western is modern and has been extended in the last few years to double its size.
Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV144955Record Office Collection: Lang, G.. 1777. Courtenay Estate Map. Courtenay Survey of the South Hams. Manuscript.
SDV233126Un-published: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1978. Archaeological Sites within Okehampton Park and its Vicinity. Archaeological Sites within Okehampton Park and its Vicinity.
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 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).
SDV345751Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Dartmoor 1999-2000 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital). Digital.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV20455Related to: Minehouse Farm, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV21960Related to: Possible building and enclosure east of Wigney (Building)
MDV108002Related to: Rifle range, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV108009Related to: Targets north-east of Wigney, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV3474 - Earthwork survey of Okehampton Castle and Park

Date Last Edited:Apr 24 2023 9:22AM