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HER Number:MDV28057
Name:Ruined building at Western Whitebarrow, Dartmoor Forest


Building constructed from the stones of the Western Whitebarrow cairn by the workers at the Redlake peat ties, mid-19th century.


Grid Reference:SX 653 654
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/19/2
  • Old SAM County Ref: 1010

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BUILDING (XIX - 1847 AD to 1850 AD (Between))

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 372 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Petre’s Cross was partly destroyed by the workmen employed at the turf ties at Red Lake Mires, but a portion of the shaft may still be seen. The men, who mostly lived at or near Brent, built a house on the cairn, the foundations of which are still observable, and here they remained during the week. Dried heather and straw formed their bedding and when their supplies of food were running short, or they desired a change of diet, they made incursions into Huntingdon Warren. Men who worked there told me of the large number of rabbits they have seen prepared for dinner or supper.

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 109 (Monograph). SDV149229.

The men who worked in the peat-cutting at Redlake used to stay out there during the week and they built a house of sorts on Western White Barrow and lived largely on rabbits poached from nearby Huntingdon Warren.

Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C., 1974 -1978, Ugborough Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV161354.

(Visited in 1978, estimate). Building made from the stones of the Western Whitebarrow cairn by the workers at the Redlake peat ties, mid-19th century. Length 9.5 metres, width 3.0 metres, inner faces only.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 159, Map 57 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Building circa 10.0 metres by 3.5 meters constructed by the men who worked for the Shipley Bridge naphtha company and lived on the moor throughout the week. When the company failed the building was largely demolished and only the west end containing the chimney is now standing to any height.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 109.
SDV161354Worksheet: Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C.. 1974 -1978. Ugborough Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 372.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 159, Map 57. [Mapped feature: #129028 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5192Related to: Petre's Cross within Western Whitebarrow, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV5193Related to: Western White Barrow with a shelter and re-erected cross built on top, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV5158Related to: Zeal Tor or Redlake peat tramway, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Feb 27 2021 9:57AM