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HER Number:MDV20614
Name:Higher Lowery deserted farm, Walkhampton


No longer extant. Farmstead dating to at least the early-mid 19th century, based on cartographic evidence, although may have had earlier origins. Not originally called Higher Lowery; see Tithe Map. Dwelling and additional farm buildings depicted on the historic maps but the farm appears to have declined and only the house remained, occupied until around 1922.


Grid Reference:SX 557 694
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Extensive earthwork and structural remains of the late 18th century Devonport Leat, Bronze Age features north-east of Nun’s Cross, Whiteworks Tin Mine and other tinning remains on Walkhampton Common as well as earthworks of Bachelors Hall Mine

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/327
  • 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, 36/55 on pdf (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Homestead is depicted on the Tithe Map and comprises just a single building with associated land plots. 784 on the Walkhampton apportionment; 'Tenement near Lowery' (house and court).

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

Higher Lowery is depicted on the late 19th century historic map. By this time, the farmhouse appears to have been altered (perhaps extended) and there are at least two new buildings depicted at the farm.

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

The early 20th century historic map shows the farm is largely unchanged from the late 19th century historic map depiction.

Crossing, W., 1905, Gems in a Granite Setting: Beauties of the Lone Land of Dartmoor, 155 (Monograph). SDV231864.

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 74 (Un-published). SDV150434.

Higher Lowery. Deserted farm. Otherwise known as Lowery Cottage. Marked as "tenement near Lowery" on 1840 Tithe Map. Now a complex of ruined buildings.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1979, South West Water Authority Burrator Survey, no. 63 (Report - non-specific). SDV278356.

Occupied until around 1922 by an employee of the Plymouth Corporation. The cottage seems to have been destroyed intentionally and only the lavatory remains intact. Water came from a higher level via an iron pipe to a granite trough. The building was of mortared stone.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on the 1946 Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1987, List of donations to the Plymouth Museum, 03/06/1977 (Un-published). SDV243606.

Sherd found at Higher Lowery (undated).
Sherd of 17th/18th century gravel-tempered ware from site of Higher Lowery.
Rim sherd, body sherd and abraded fragment of pot of 16th/17th century from debris of wall at site of Higher Lowery.
Stoneware sherd (17th/early 18th century) from Higher Lowery.
(N.B. Although these are all described as being from Higher Lowery, these finds were originally located at the site of East Lowery; roughly SX558 694) A F Richards.
03/06/1977: Sherds of glazed xviii and xix century pottery have been found at this site (N. B. Assumed to mean Higher Lowery as the grid reference matches the site) A F Richards.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report, 10/5/1993 (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Considered under Monument Protection Programme but not recommended for scheduling.

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

Lowery Cottage is included on list. No further information provided.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown. 10/5/1993.
SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 74.
SDV231864Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1905. Gems in a Granite Setting: Beauties of the Lone Land of Dartmoor. Gems in a Granite Setting: Beauties of the Lone Land of Dartmoor. Digital. 155.
SDV243606Un-published: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1987. List of donations to the Plymouth Museum. Unknown. 03/06/1977.
SDV278356Report - non-specific: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1979. South West Water Authority Burrator Survey. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. 18. Unknown. no. 63.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. 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). [Mapped feature: #82829 ]
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. 36/55 on pdf.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet.

Associated Monuments

MDV20615Related to: East Lowery Farm deserted settlement (Monument)
MDV20611Related to: Lower Lowery farm, Burrator (Monument)
MDV19902Related to: The Devonport Leat, Dartmoor (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV2248 - SHERD (XV to XVIII - 1500 AD to 1799 AD)
  • FDV2252 - SHERD (XVII to XIX - 1700 AD to 1899 AD)

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 12 2018 4:18PM