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HER Number:MDV31005
Name:Ruddycleave Cottage, Buckland in the Moor


Listing in 1986 indicated that house was probably 17th century or earlier. Brown (1996) suggests this to be the rebuilt corn mill building, dating to 1741, probably constructed using the shell of the earlier mill building. Granite rubble. Half-hipped thatched roofs. Granite chimneystacks on left-hand side wall and on ridge of right wing. L-shaped plan.


Grid Reference:SX 724 730
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckland in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/294
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CORN MILL (First mentioned, XII to XIII - 1200 AD to 1299 AD (Between))
  • CORN MILL (Built, XVIII to Unknown - 1741 AD (Post))
  • FARM LABOURERS COTTAGE (Altered, XIX - 1840 AD? to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Rectangular building depicted on the Tithe Map.

Seymour, D. J., 1977, Torre Abbey. An Account of its History, Buildings, Cartularies and Lands (Monograph). SDV340436.

Ruddycleave Water was known as 'Millebrok' in the 13th century.

Belsey, P. M., 1983 - 1987, Buckland In The Moor Parish Checklist, 1985 (Un-published). SDV345904.

(19/3/1985) Ruddycleave Cottage situated alongside Ruddycleave Water north of road. Two storey stone built with thatched roof. L-shaped with wing to south at lower level giving irregular roof-line. Casement windows. Stone chimney on roof ridge at junction of wings.
Early photographs of this building before the damage by floods and subsequent modernization are in the possession of the owner of Southbrook Farm.

Department of Environment, 1986, Buckland in the Moor, 32 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV350073.

Ruddycleave Cottage. Probably 17th century or earlier. Granite rubble. Half-hipped thatched roofs. Granite chimneystacks. L-shaped plan. Two storeys. There is a 20th century door in the ground storey.

Brown, M., 1996, A guide to the Parish of Buckland-in-the-Moor, 8, 18-19 (Monograph). SDV361770.

Corn Mill at Bridge
There were two mills here, one on either side of the Ruddycleave Brook (formerly the Mill Brook). The earliest, the corn (or grist) mill was established as early as the 13th century. It once stood on the left as you look at the scene. On the opposite bank was a tucking, or fulling mill (a woollen mill) of unknown antiquity. Neither of these buildings survives today. The corn mill was destroyed by fire sometime in the early decades of the 18th century, and at around the same period it is known that one of the cottages also had to be rebuilt (unclear whether the fire began at the cottage, or the mill building).
The grist mill was actually rebuilt in 1741, when George Coneybear took on the lease, financing the repairs including a complete rebuild, together with all the necessary mill equipment and the cutting of a new leat at 'great expense', recorded in his lease records as £30. This building, surviving to this day, may utilise the shell of the previous building, although that was probably gutted, as the accounts of the work undertaken in the rebuilding indicate it was not completely razed to the ground.

Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

'Ruddycleave Cottage' is depicted on the modern mapping.

Historic England, 2017, National Heritage List for England, 1209698 (National Heritage List for England). SDV359963.

BUCKLAND-IN-THE-MOOR BRIDGE SX 77 SW - 6/50 Ruddycleave Cottage - GV II
House. Probably C17 or earlier. Granite rubble. Half-hipped thatched roofs. Granite chimneystakcs on left-hand side wall and on ridge of right wing. L-shaped plan. 2 storeys. Gable-wall of main range, facing road, is 2 windows wide, but with only 1 window in ground storey. Windows have C20 wood casements with glazing bars. Wing to right is lower, with no upper-storey window. C20 door in ground storey.
Interior not inspected.
Listing NGR: SX7244973088

Sources / Further Reading

SDV340436Monograph: Seymour, D. J.. 1977. Torre Abbey. An Account of its History, Buildings, Cartularies and Lands. Torre Abbey. An Account of its History, Buildings, Cartularies and Lands. Photocopy + Digital.
SDV345904Un-published: Belsey, P. M.. 1983 - 1987. Buckland In The Moor Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. A4 Single Sheet. 1985.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV350073List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1986. Buckland in the Moor. A4 Bound. 32.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #87056 ]
SDV359963National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2017. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1209698.
SDV361770Monograph: Brown, M.. 1996. A guide to the Parish of Buckland-in-the-Moor. A guide to the Parish of Buckland-in-the-Moor. A5 Paperback. 8, 18-19.

Associated Monuments

MDV30603Related to: April Cottage, Buckland in the Moor (Building)
MDV30715Related to: Bagley Wood, Buckland in the Moor (Monument)
MDV30701Related to: Bridge Cottage, Buckland in the Moor (Building)
MDV30678Related to: Bridge over Ruddycleave Water (Monument)
MDV21151Related to: Woollen Mill at Bridge, Buckland in the Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 18 2018 1:23PM