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HER Number:MDV33460
Name:Tordown House, Belstone


Former Dartmoor longhouse dating to the 17th century and renovated circa 1970.


Grid Reference:SX 612 943
Map Sheet:SX69SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBelstone
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBELSTONE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SW/252/1
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LONGHOUSE (XVII - 1601 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1988, Belstone. Provisional List, 3 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV350269.

Henderson, C. G + Sage, A. J. + Sage, S. A., 1996, Archaeological Survey of a Ruined House at Tor Down, Belstone, 1995, 1 (Report - Survey). SDV350267.

Tor Down House probably dates from the 16th or 17th century. Of stone construction with a thatched roof, aligned broadly north-south. It has a three unit plan with a cross passage running between an axial hall stack and a lower room at the northern end of the house which may formerly have been a shippon. There is an outshut on the west side.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

Tordown House. House, former Dartmoor longhouse. Probably mid 17th century (possibly earlier in some parts); renovated circa 1970. Granite stone rubble, whitewashed on the front; granite stacks, one with its original granite ashlar chimney shaft; thatch roof. Plan and development: 3 room-and-through-passage plan former Dartmoor longhouse built down the hillslope facing east. The inner room at the uphill left (south) end is terraced into the slope and has a gable-end stack. Formerly a stair rose alongside and its turret projects a short distance to the front. The hall has an axial stack backing onto the passage. The former shippon was converted to domestic use circa 1970. 20th century outshots to rear. None of the features of the house can conclusively be dated earlier than the mid 17th century but the layout suggests earlier origins, probably as an open hall house. The main house is now 2 storeys and the former shippon is open to the roof. Exterior: Irregular 3-window front of late 19th and 20th century casements with glazing bars. The passage front doorway is right of centre and contains a 20th century door with contemporary flat hood. Roof is gable-ended to left and hipped to right. The right end wall (the former shippon) now contains a large window of circa 1970. Interior: The hall has a large granite ashlar fireplace which contains a 19th century cloam oven. This fireplace could date as early as the 16th century but its plain finish cannot be closely dated. The crossbeam is mid or late 17th century; soffit-chamfered with runout stops. Much of the upper hall crosswall has been removed but since the head beam contains no mortices it too is thought to be mid or late 17th century. No carpentry detail shows in the inner room and the fireplace is missing its lintel. Roof is mostly 20th century but retains a 17th century A-frame truss over the hall. Date listed: 4th March 1988.

Exeter Archaeology, June 1995, Preliminary Report on Archaeological Survey of a Ruined House at Tor Down House, Belstone (Report - Survey). SDV351615.

The main house is constructed of stone under a thatch roof and probably dates to the 16th or 17th century. It is orientated broadly north-south and has a three unit plan with a passage between the hall stack and a lower end room to the north.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped features: #87927 ; #87928 ]
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV350267Report - Survey: Henderson, C. G + Sage, A. J. + Sage, S. A.. 1996. Archaeological Survey of a Ruined House at Tor Down, Belstone, 1995. Exeter Archaeology Report. 96.19. A4 Stapled. 1.
SDV350269List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1988. Belstone. Provisional List. Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 3.
SDV351615Report - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. June 1995. Preliminary Report on Archaeological Survey of a Ruined House at Tor Down House, Belstone. Exeter Archaeology Report. A4 Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV55348Part of: Tordown hamlet, Belstone (Monument)
MDV55347Related to: The Garden Cottage, Tor Down House, Belstone (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 13 2014 11:38AM