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HER Number:MDV21661
Name:Beardown Farmhouse


Large 18th century farmhouse, described in 1910 as having 5 living rooms and 8 bedrooms.


Grid Reference:SX 604 754
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW133
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/157
  • Pastscape: 873438

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (Built, XVII to XVIII - 1700 AD to 1799 AD (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, 05/11/2012, 873438 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV250583.

Beardown Farm and lodge were built at the end of the eighteenth century. William Bickk was farming at Beardown in 1910 when the great survey was made for the valuation office. The property was described as a `Moorland Farm 2 miles from Princetown....its buildings in fair repair and the house stone built with a good slate roof, five living rooms, a scullery, wash house, dairy, eight bedrooms, bath, WC etc'. By 1926 the house was sufficiently imposing to have been selected as the residence of George Gregory, who was then the bailiff in charge of the Duchy of Cornwalls property. NMR No. SX67NW3. Record last updated: N/A

Swete, R. J. (Revd), 1792-1801, 564M 'Picturesque Sketches of Devon' by Reverend John Swete, 564M/F14/19 (Record Office Collection). SDV337942.

Swete, J. (ed. Gray T. + Rowe, M.), 2000, Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Swete. Vol. 4, 48, 49 (Monograph). SDV339713.

In the late 18th century Beardown Farm was owned by Mr. Bray, steward to the Duke of Bedford. Swete's illustration of the farm shows it to be sited in a rather exposed location.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV250583National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 05/11/2012. 873438. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV337942Record Office Collection: Swete, R. J. (Revd). 1792-1801. 564M 'Picturesque Sketches of Devon' by Reverend John Swete. Devon Record Office Collection. Unknown + Digital. 564M/F14/19.
SDV339713Monograph: Swete, J. (ed. Gray T. + Rowe, M.). 2000. Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Swete. Vol. 4. Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Sw. 4. Hardback Volume. 48, 49.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #83163 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV50894Part of: Beardown Farm, Lydford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 19 2018 10:54AM