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HER Number:MDV29851
Name:Former longhouse at Rowbrook Farm


17th century or earlier longhouse, with added lean-to. Cross passage plan. Used as a dwelling into the 20th century but later converted for use as a stable/outbuilding.


Grid Reference:SX 684 725
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/114
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 441394

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LONGHOUSE (Built, XVI to XVII - 1600 AD to 1699 AD (Between))
  • STABLE (Altered, XX - 1950 AD? to 1970 AD (Between))

Full description

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments (Cartographic). SDV359954.

Roughbrook is depicted on the Tithe map; field number 2179 'House and waste', owned by Margaret Baring, occupied by William French.

Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor, 408, fig 118 (Monograph). SDV231148.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, Vol III, 633 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

(15/5/1979) What are now stables was once a longhouse. Remains of spiral staircase, leat and probably more recent porch are still evident. The hearthstone seems to have been removed from its original location in the north wall of the passage between parlour and shippon; it now serves as a foundation stone in a wall a yard or two to the north forming a passage through from the porch. Beyond the parlour was a dairy with a very well dressed granite window frame low in the north wall, square. This may be later according to the farmer. On the east wall is a small slit which served as a light for the stair well, and a lintel indicating where the east door of the original passage was located. The south wall of the shippon contains several slit windows. The longhouse ressembles Worth's Type 'A' classification of Dartmoor longhouses.
What is now the farmhouse was originally a barn, and was converted circa 1880. See sketch on worksheet showing details.

Department of Environment, 1986, Widecombe in the Moor, 120 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV289221.

Outbuilding, formerly a longhouse situated 20 metres south-east of Rowbrook farmhouse. It is 17th century or earlier, with added lean-to. Granite rubble with massive, roughly-dressed quoins. Slated roof. No chimneys. Cross passage plan. Many other features see full Listing.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Considered under Monument Protection Programme but not recommended for scheduling.

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

Shown on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 408, fig 118.
SDV289221List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1986. Widecombe in the Moor. Historic Houses Register. A4 Single Sheet. 120.
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. Vol III, 633.
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #86627 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV15620Parent of: Rowbrook Farmstead, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)
MDV29953Related to: BUILDING in the Parish of Widecombe in the Moor (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 12 2018 3:20PM