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HER Number:MDV28065
Name:Dung pit at Shilstone farm, Throwleigh


Dung pit probably dating to the 17th century. Approximately rectangular pit south of farmhouse built into sloping farmyard with granite block retaining walls. This dung pit forms a group with Higher Shilstone Farmhouse and stables and its associated farm buildings (also listed).


Grid Reference:SX 660 901
Map Sheet:SX69SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishThrowleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTHROWLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX69SE54
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 897962
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SE/25/2
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 94742

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DUNG PIT (Constructed, XVI to XIX - 1600 AD? (Between) to 1835 AD (Between))

Full description

Beacham, P., 1984, Higher Shilstone Farm (Worksheet). SDV269877.

Fully developed longhouse, farmhouse and outbuildings are an exceptionally well preserved / unaltered example of a Dartmoor Farmstead. Smoke-blackened roof complete; original shippon roof. Large granite-walled dung pit in centre of yard.

Department of Environment, 1987, Throwleigh, 156 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV274669.

Farm buildings at Shilstone Farm include a 17th century barn with adjoining stables, 18th century pigsty and linhay, and a granite walled dungpit of the late 18th early 19th century. The main buildings are built of stone rubble with corrugated iron roofs with gabled ends. The linhay at highest west end has a slate roof, over four bays. The front is now clad in corrugated iron and weatherboarding. To complete the range a linhay was inserted circa C18 between the barn and earlier linhay and later built out at the front to form pigstys and stables. They are listed at Grade II*.

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon, 805-6 (Monograph). SDV325629.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Dung pit is visible on the aerial photographs of the farm. Map object based on this source.

English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England, 1147893 (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

1/210 Dung pit approximately 2 metres - south of Higher Shilstone 20.7.74 Farmhouse GV II
Dung pit. Probably C17. Lined with large roughly-shaped granite blocks it is terraced into the hillslope and open on its downhill (east) end. The south side is parallel with the barn and calf house from which it is separated only by a narrow path. From the top (west) end the wall curves back down the other side. This dung pit forms a group with Higher Shilstone Farmhouse and stables (q.v) and its associated farmbuildings (also listed). The farmhouse is one of the best surviving examples of a Dartmoor longhouse and therefore this group is of immense importance.
Listing NGR: SX6602090133
Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV269877Worksheet: Beacham, P.. 1984. Higher Shilstone Farm. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV274669List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. Throwleigh. Historic Houses Register. A4 Bound. 156.
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume. 805-6.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website. 1147893.

Associated Monuments

MDV22086Part of: Shilstone farmstead, Throwleigh (Monument)
MDV28064Related to: Barn, calf house and linhay at Shilstone, Throwleigh (Building)
MDV6970Related to: Farmhouse at Higher Shilstone, Throwleigh (Building)
MDV106403Related to: Stables at Higher Shilstone, Throwleigh (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 16 2022 10:30AM