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HER Number:MDV20611
Name:Lower Lowery farm, Burrator


Deserted medieval farmstead, named as 'Higher Lowery' on the Tithe Map. Deserted farm complex dating to the medieval period. Was occupied into the early 20th century. One barn continued in use as a store in the later 20th century. Appears to have changed its 'Higher' for 'Lower' after the demise of the original Lower Lowery to the south.


Grid Reference:SX 556 692
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Structural remains of the deserted medieval farmstead known as Lower Lowery, occupied into the 20th century

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/324
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XIII to XV - 1256 AD to 1417 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848, 34/55 on pdf (Cartographic). SDV349431.

'Higher Lowery' is depicted on the Tithe Map. Plot numbers: 738,740,741 (house, court and garden). Farmhouse lies on the eastern side of the farm, with another building on the northern side of the yard. Collection of three smaller buildings to the west of the yard.

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

The late 19th century historic map shows the farm has expanded to the west, with a further range of buildings added. Marked as 'Lower Lowery' on this map. Map object partly based on this source.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 245 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Lowery is mentioned in 1256, 1340, 1417.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1979, South West Water Authority Burrator Survey, No.60, plans (in smr) (Report - non-specific). SDV278356.

Lower Lowery Farm. Deserted farm complex. Recorded on 1840 Tithe Map as Higher Lowery. Complex of farm buildings, all of which are ruined except one barn which is used as a store by the South West Water Authority and is in good condition. The south wall of this barn has two stones "M L" and "1875" in it. Still occupied early in the 20th century. A new dwelling house was built on the west side of the lane between 1840 and 1882-3.

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

Consider under the Monument Protection Programme but not recommended for scheduling.

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

Lower Lowery is included in list. No further detail provided.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Parts of the outline of the farmstead still visible on the modern mapping, along with the remaining building.

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. 245.
SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown. 2002.
SDV278356Report - non-specific: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1979. South West Water Authority Burrator Survey. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. 18. Unknown. No.60, plans (in smr).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital. 34/55 on pdf.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #82828 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV20621Related to: Deserted farmstead at Lowery, Burrator (Monument)
MDV20614Related to: Higher Lowery deserted farm, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV12732Related to: Leathertor Deserted Medieval Farmstead, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV3441Related to: Stone cross at Lowery, Burrator (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 10 2018 3:54PM