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HER Number:MDV30008
Name:Sherwell Farm, Widecombe in the Moor


Sherwell Farm is the most northerly of three farmsteads shown on 19th century maps at 'Sherwell' or 'Sherril'


Grid Reference:SX 678 749
Map Sheet:SX67SE
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: SX67SE/460

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XIII to XIV - 1275 AD to 1303 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Long rectangular building shown on 19th century Tithe Map in a curvilinear enclosure with an L-shaped building to the west and two small buildings to the north. Another small building is shown to the north-east. The Apportionment for 'Middle Sherwill' lists Field Number 2263 as 'House & Garden' and Field Number 2262 as 'Yard Barn & Plantation'.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 530 (Monograph). SDV337894.

Sherrill is first mentioned as' Schirewill' in 1303. According to a document held in the Duchy of Cornwall office it became Sherwell in 1555. It probably means 'clear spring' from the two elements in the word, i.e.: scir, wielle.

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

Sherwell also known as 'Sherril' with two longhouses.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Sherwell Farm shown on modern mapping as the most northerly of farmstead in the settlement of 'Sherwell' or 'Sherril'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV337894Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1932. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. IX. A5 Hardback. 530.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Sherwell.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #86701 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV30005Parent of: Outbuilding 20 metres north-east of Sherwell Farmhouse, Widecombe (Building)
MDV30006Parent of: Sherwell farmhouse, Widecombe in the Moor (Building)
MDV113116Related to: Higher Sherwell Farmstead, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)
MDV113114Related to: Hornets Castle Farmstead, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 20 2016 12:00PM