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HER Number:MDV34405
Name:Ash house at Torhill Farm, Manaton


Constructed from dressed granite blocks with a corbelled rubble stone roof. One of two ash houses shown on the mid-19th century Tithe Map, indicating that Torhill had been two farms at one point. No evidence of the second ash house after this point.


Grid Reference:SX 741 814
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SW/207/2
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 84982

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ASH HOUSE (XVI to XVII - 1600 AD to 1675 AD (Between))

Full description

1840, Tithe Map (Cartographic). SDV339770.

This is one of two ash houses depicted on the Tithe Map, indicating that the holding may have been split in two before the mid-19th century, although a seconf farmhouse is not depicted on the Tithe Map.

Waterhouse, R., 2007, Torhill Farm, Manaton, 1-6 (Report - Assessment). SDV347829.

Ash house is a small circular structure built in the early-mid 17th century. Constructed from dressed granite blocks it has a corbelled rubble domed roof, which now has grass growing on it. Domestic fire ash was put into the building via the small hatch on the west side and removed via the east door when it became full and added to ploughed fields. The fact that the Tithe Map shows two ash houses indicates the farm was two holdings at one point, as each house would have only needed one ash house. (See report for full details.)

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

Ash house at Torhill Farm, Manaton depicted on modern mapping.

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

Ash-house approximately 6.0 metres north of Torhill Farmhouse. Probably 18th century in date. Granite rubble walls with corbelled granite roof. Circular plan, single storey, with doorway on opposite side from house with granite jambs and projecting granite lintel loading shute on other side, facing house, at higher level with granite jambs and lintel. Conical roof covered in grass. Forms a group with Torhill Farmhouse (Description 1987). Other details: LB UID: 84982.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV339770Cartographic: 1840. Tithe Map. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #88306 ]
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV347829Report - Assessment: Waterhouse, R.. 2007. Torhill Farm, Manaton. A4 Comb Bound. 1-6.

Associated Monuments

MDV77805Part of: Torhill farm, Manaton (Monument)
MDV34404Related to: Barn at Torhill Farm, Manaton (Building)
MDV34403Related to: Farmhouse at Torhill, Manaton (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5291 - Assessment of buildings at Torhill, Manaton

Date Last Edited:May 11 2018 10:49AM