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HER Number:MDV29848
Name:Grendon Farmstead, Widecombe-in-the-Moor


Grendon farmstead with 14th century origins. Medieval longhouse no longer visible. Farmstead was converted in the late 19th century into a wheat-growing farm, which involved squaring up the hedges and straightening the West Webburn River.


Grid Reference:SX 685 780
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/272/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (First mentioned, XIV to XV - 1313 AD to 1500 AD (Between))

Full description

Unknown, 48/14/50/4 (Record Office Collection). SDV290696.

Grendon mentioned in 1442 in letters of attorney.

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

'Grennon' farmstead depicted on the Tithe Map.

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

Grendon farmstead depicted with new buildings depicted to the north and south of the original farmstead. The fields have been squared up and the West Webbern straightened by this time; the result of converting the farm to produce wheat.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 529 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Grendon is first mentioned as Grenedone in 1313. It had become Grendon by 1505. It means Green Hill.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Grendon was changed in the last century by the owner into a wheat growing farm. The hedges were squared up and the West Webburn straightened.

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

Modern farmstead has extended even further to the north with a 20th century square building.

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

Grendon farmstead shown on 19th century map.

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. 529.
SDV290696Record Office Collection: Unknown. 48/14/50/4. Devon Record Office Collection. Unknown.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital. [Mapped feature: #86625 ]
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Grendon.

Associated Monuments

MDV29847Parent of: Longhouse at Grendon, Widecombe (Building)
MDV104813Related to: Field system at Grendon Farm, Widecombe (Monument)
MDV104812Related to: Plantation at Grendon Farm and Cator Common, Widecombe (Monument)
MDV104814Related to: Straightened section of the West Webburn River (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 17 2016 2:16PM