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HER Number:MDV20601
Name:Redstone Farm, Sheepstor


The remains of a farmstead and associated field systems. These have been damaged by tree planting. The site was assessed in 1996, but was not scheduled. Abandoned in the early 20th century, which was likely influenced by the development of the reservoir.


Grid Reference:SX 558 682
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Structural remains of 19th century or earlier farm buildings at the deserted Redstone Farm, Sheepstor

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 405
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/316
  • Pastscape: 1568641
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Early Medieval to XIX - 1066 AD to 1840 AD (Between))

Full description

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

The Tithe Map shows Redstone farm, which comprises a pair of buildings in a yard with garden to the south-west. One further building lies in the field to the north (presumably a barn). 112-2 on the Apportionment ('House and court').

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

The late 19th century historic map shows Redstone, which now only has one remaining building in the farmyard area. The barn to the north has some alterations present.

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

The early 20th century historic map shows the farm to have deteriorated further; buildings appear to have fallen into disrepair, which would fit time-wise with the development of the reservoir. 'Rain Gauge' depicted near the remains of the barn.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1979, South West Water Authority Burrator Survey, no 47,48 / plans (Report - non-specific). SDV278356.

Site of Redstone Farm. To the north of track leading up to Sheepstor. The dwelling house was deliberately destroyed and leaves little to show its extent. A photo shows it to have been a small four room cottage with porch. Abandoned in about 1922 (Haynes, cited by Greeves).

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

Not visible 1946 Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report, 7/5/1993 (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Very little remains of this monument therefore it is not of national importance. This monument forms part of an important group of historic farmsteads. However, many of the others survive much better. In addition this farmstead's field system has been totally afforested. This monument has seen considerable damage and whilst archaeological deposits undoubtedly survive, other similar sites in the area are in a much better state of preservation.

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

Redstone is included in list of lost farmsteads. No further information provided.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown. 7/5/1993.
SDV278356Report - non-specific: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1979. South West Water Authority Burrator Survey. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. 18. Unknown. no 47,48 / plans.
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.
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). [Mapped feature: #82824 ]
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.

Associated Monuments

MDV20602Parent of: Building at Redstone Farm, Sheepstor (Building)
MDV103325Related to: Burrator Reservoir (Monument)
MDV20625Related to: Essworthy Farmstead, now flooded by Burrator Reservoir (Monument)
MDV30829Related to: FINDSPOT in the Parish of Sheepstor (Find Spot)
MDV76842Related to: Former farmstead, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3970Related to: Longstone, Burrator Reservoir (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 22 2020 3:58PM