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HER Number:MDV20656
Name:Kingset Farm, Walkhampton


Deserted site dating from at least the early-mid 14th century, based on documentary evidence. Appears to have remained in use into the early 20th century but was deserted by the later 20th century. Surveyed in 2015. Also called 'Kingseat or Kingsett.'


Grid Reference:SX 576 699
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains of buildings at the deserted Kingset Farm, Walkhampton, which has early medieval origins

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/345
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (XIV to XX - 1330 AD to 1930 AD? (Between))

Full description

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

'Kingsetts' is depicted on the Tithe Map; 999 on the Walkhampton Apportionment. Three main buildings shown.

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

'Kingseat or Kingset' depicted on the late 19th century historic map. Two further buildings have been added since the Tithe Map depiction, to the east of the original three. Also, it's possible that the farmhouse on the northern side of the farm has been extended.

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

As the late 19th century historic map; farm appears to still be in use at this time.

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

Kingse(a)t is recorded as ‘Kyngessete’ in 1330 and ‘Kynggissete’ in 1337.

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 52 plan, 14/3/1967 (Un-published). SDV150434.

Kingset Farm. Substantial ruin of a modern farm on a medieval site. House and outbuildings date from the 19th century, with the exception of the shippon at the east end of the yard. Pig styes and possible dog kennel.

Newman , P., 1993, A Mortarstone at Keaglesborough (Article in Serial). SDV232466.

A mortarstone had been built into an enclosure wall at Kingsett near the probable site of a documented 16th century 'knocking mill' called 'Keigelles borowe mylles'.

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

A range of standing drystone buildings. Considered under the Monument Protection Programme but not recommended for scheduling.

Newman, P., 1994, Tinners and Tenants on South-West Dartmoor: a case study in landscape history, 211-12 (Article in Serial). SDV340414.

Only farm to have remained occupied into the 20th century. Abandoned 1925 with all other farms having been absorbed into it by 1900.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

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

Kingset included on list. No further information provided.

Welch, B. + Welch, T., 2015, Kingsett Farm (Plan - measured). SDV363060.

Survey of the farm remains carried out in 2015.

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).
SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 52 plan, 14/3/1967.
SDV232466Article in Serial: Newman , P.. 1993. A Mortarstone at Keaglesborough. Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group Newsletter. 4. Unknown.
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).
SDV340414Article in Serial: Newman, P.. 1994. Tinners and Tenants on South-West Dartmoor: a case study in landscape history. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 126. A5 Paperback. 211-12.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #82848 ]
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet.

Associated Monuments

MDV48965Related to: QUARRY in the Parish of Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV5026Related to: Roundy Farmstead, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV3515Related to: Tin mill sites on both banks of Newleycombe Lake (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8111 - Plane table survey of Kingsett Farm

Date Last Edited:Jun 18 2019 11:32AM