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HER Number:MDV3200
Name:Ruined longhouse at Wapsworthy


Remains of a late 17th century longhouse recorded at Wapsworthy.


Grid Reference:SX 537 800
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record
  • National Record of the Historic Environment
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SW/14

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LONGHOUSE (XVII - 1650 AD to 1699 AD)

Full description

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

The Tithe Map shows the three farm sites at 'Waspbury' and the most southerly has a dwelling (presumably a longhouse), on the southern side of the farm. 87 on the apportionment.

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

The late 19th century historic map shows two buildings at this location; one large, square building and a smaller structure to the south-east.

Jones, S. R., 1971, Devonshire Farmhouses. Part III. Moorland and Non-Moorland Long-Houses, 37 (Article in Serial). SDV338987.

Now ruinous. Of a simple rectangular plan. Late 17th century on stylistic evidence of the doorway to the shippen, the opening has granite jambs and head, the latter with a shallow segmental arch and plain chamfer. There is no opposed doorway in the rear wall, now extensively rebuilt. The provision of a separate entrance for cattle below the principle doorway is of great interest a coeval opening. Only a light partition if any could have defined the body of the shippen from the crosswalk. One storey, with upper rooms formed in the roof space common roof level between house part and the shippen. Heating only in the hall. Intercommunication possible between chambers and loft over the shippen. Slate steps in the rear wall of the shippen provide a separate external approach to the loft, presumably way of a leading hatch for fodder. No remains of an inner stair.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2010, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report, 2002 (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Wapsworthy. Considered under the Monument Protection Programme but not recommended for scheduling.

GetMapping, 2010, GetMapping 2010 aerial photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV351585.

Aerial photograph shows trees and possible remains of longhouse.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2010. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown. 2002.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV338987Article in Serial: Jones, S. R.. 1971. Devonshire Farmhouses. Part III. Moorland and Non-Moorland Long-Houses. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 103. A5 Paperback. 37.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital. [Mapped feature: #87355 ]
SDV351585Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 2010. GetMapping 2010 aerial photographs. Getmapping. Photograph (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV77931Part of: Higher Wapsworthy farm, Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV108868Related to: Lower Wapsworthy Farm, Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV3178Related to: Lower Wapsworthy Farmhouse (Building)
MDV12856Related to: Ruined longhouse at Wapsworthy (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 22 2021 4:01PM