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HER Number:MDV33194
Name:Barn, Batworthy Farm


The original barn at Badworthy is likely to be the oldest building on the farmstead and may date to the 15th century or earlier. Massive ashlar granite work can be seen in the original masonry, which is over a meter thick in places. Altered in the late 17th or early 18th century and converted for use as a lofted shippon when the new barn was constructed further up the hill.


Grid Reference:SX 715 852
Map Sheet:SX78NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NW/195/1
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 94532

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • THRESHING BARN (XIV to XV - 1400 AD to 1499 AD (Between))

Full description

Thorp, J. + Cox, J., 1994, Batworthy Farm, Chagford, 17-22 (Report - Survey). SDV347507.

The old barn/shippon appears to be the oldest building on site and is probably 15th or 16th century but could be even earlier. The oldest masonry is easily distinguished with massive ashlar granite work still standing to full height in places (up to 3.5 meters). The original walls are much thicker than the others and are over 1.0 meters in places. It was originally built as a threshing barn and was partly rebuilt before the southern section was added (probably in the late 17th or 18th century). The whole structure was converted for use as a lofted shippon in around the 1880s when the new barn was built further up the hill.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

English Heritage, 2011, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV347072.

Cow house, former barn. Probably 16th century barn with several subsequent alterations, rearranged and converted to a cowhouse in the late 19th century. Original work of massive blocks of granite ashlar, later patching and alterations of granite stone rubble; corrugated iron roof (formerly thatch). Plan: cow house containing three stalls facing south-west. The right (south-eastern) stall is an addition to the original build and this shows more obviously to the rear. The original building was a threshing barn which then had nearly central opposing doors onto the threshing floor.
Exterior: the front has three doors irregularly disposed, all with hayloft loading hatches directly above. The central doorway and hayloft is partly blocking the remains of the original barn doorway. The left one cuts through the ashlar work. The right hand doorway is on the extension, its left side using the end corner of the original barn. Between this door and the central doorway are two small unglazed windows. To right of the right doorway the hayloft was open-fronted but is now clad with corrugated iron. On the rear wall there is an inserted doorway but in the centre of the original part is the blocked barn doorway. It was made of large slabs of dressed granite. Roof is gable-ended. Interior has plain late 19th century carpentry detail in general. However the roof contains various A-frame trusses with lap-jointed collars. The latest are made of probably 20th century machine-cut timber with bolted collars. The earliest are those towards the left (north-western) end of the original barn which may be 17th century having cambered collars halved and pegged to the principals. Other details: LB UID: 94532.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #87727 ]
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV347507Report - Survey: Thorp, J. + Cox, J.. 1994. Batworthy Farm, Chagford. Keystone Historic Buildings Consultants Report. K412. A4 Comb Bound. 17-22.

Associated Monuments

MDV77127Part of: Batworthy farmstead, Chagford (Monument)
MDV33193Related to: Batworthy Farmhouse, Chagford (Building)
MDV8262Related to: Batworthy Mill, Chagford (Building)
MDV80391Related to: Butter well at Batworthy Farm, Chagford (Monument)
MDV80386Related to: Cart shed at Batworthy Farm, Chagford (Monument)
MDV33195Related to: Cider house, (former farmhouse) Batworthy Farm (Building)
MDV80388Related to: Milking parlour at Batworthy Farm, Chagford (Monument)
MDV80383Related to: New barn at Batworthy Farm, Chagford (Building)
MDV80389Related to: Piggery at Batworthy Farm, Chagford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5142 - Building survey at Batworthy Farmstead, Chagford

Date Last Edited:Jun 9 2016 11:35AM