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HER Number:MDV20672
Name:New Brownberry Farmstead, Lydford


Ruined farmstead (a replacement for the older farm to the east) is shown on the 19th century historic maps south of Dunnabridge Pound. Brownberry was mentioned in the 16th century


Grid Reference:SX 646 745
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of Dunnabridge Pound; a 14th century circular livestock pound and remains of deserted Brownberry farnstead south of the road

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 SW 135
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/150
  • Pastscape: 907168
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Shillibeer, W., 1805-1818, Map of Freehold and Enclosures on Dartmoor, 1805-18 (Cartographic). SDV218725.

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

Shown on 19th century Tithe Map as a rectangular building with two smaller buildings to the south around an irregular shaped yard. The Apportionment for 'Tenement adjoining Brown Berry' lists Field Number 961 as 'Dwelling House, Outhouses, court and Garden'.

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

'Brownberry' shown on 19th century map as a group of at least nine buildings around a yard and small enclosure to the south of Dunnabridge Pound.

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

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 10 Plan (Un-published). SDV150434.

Visited 5/11/1966. SX646 745 Brownberry (new).
The scanty remains of the house that was probably built to replace the older Brownberry. Parts of the west and south walls remain, the rest has been razed and is grass covered. Mortared. The stone niche was a shelter for bee skeps, having a wooden door hinged at the bottom (citing Worth, 1953).

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

Deserted buildings visible and recorded.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset. (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Considered but not recommended for scheduling.

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

Brownberry lost farmstead.

National Monument Record, 2015, Pastscape, 907168 (Website). SDV357603.

SX 64617453. Remains of a house probably built to replace the older Brownberry Farm. Stone niche shelter for bee-skeps not seen.
The ruins of the later Brownberry farmhouse are overgrown and neglected. The south and west mortared walls stand to a height of 2 metres and the footings of the other walls are covered by debris and vegetation. The granite recess for the bee skeps was not identified and there is no trace of granite lintels or door jambs. To the east of the house there is a rectangular yard or structure built against the newtake wall which measures 13.3 metres by up to 5.5 metres with a drystone wall 0.7 metres high and 0.9 metres thick. A small triangular shaped yard lies to the south of the lean-to built against the south end of the house.
The farm is not depicted on an early 19th century Duchy map (citing Map of Freehold and Enclosures on Dartmoor, 1805-18, W Shillibeer) however it is shown (but not named) on the tithe map of 1839. It is depicted as a roofed building called "Brownberry" on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch map dated 1889 and as a roofless ruin on the Ordnance Survey 1:2500 map dated 1951 (citing Fletcher, M. J., 14/05/1988, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 10 Plan.
SDV218725Cartographic: Shillibeer, W.. 1805-1818. Map of Freehold and Enclosures on Dartmoor, 1805-18. Map of Enclosures on Dartmoor -1805-1818.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital.
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: #82862 ]
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.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Brownberry New.
SDV357603Website: National Monument Record. 2015. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 907168.

Associated Monuments

MDV64027Parent of: Bee Shelter at Brownberry Farm, south of Dunnabridge Pound (Monument)
MDV14226Related to: Barn and enclosures associated with Brownberry Farmstead, Lydford (Monument)
MDV6281Related to: Former Brownberry Farmstead south-east of Dunnabridge Pound, Lydford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 18 2019 2:23PM