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HER Number:MDV35580
Name:Babeny Longhouse


Partially ruined longhouse approx 70metres north-east of Babeny Farmhouse. Former longhouse, now used as shippon.


Grid Reference:SX 672 751
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/20/1
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LONGHOUSE (Constructed, XV to XVI - 1500 AD to 1575 AD (Between))
  • SHIPPON STOCK BUILDING (Altered, XVIII to XX - 1751 AD to 1950 AD? (Between))

Full description

NMR, SX67NE60 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV266269.

Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor, 13, 524-8 (Monograph). SDV249702.

Not a ruin.

Department of Environment, 1987, Lydford, 6 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV266265.

Partially ruined longhouse approx 70m NE of Babeny Farmhouse. Former longhouse, now used as shippon. Circa early-mid 16C. Granite rubble walls. Gable ended corrugated iron roof to shippon and passage, house end roofless. Longhouse plan of shippon to the left with passage, hall and probably inner room to the right. Built in front of the shippon is a leanto likely originally to have been a pigsty. To its right in front of the passage is a leanto stone rubble porch which has stone seats inside. On the right-hand wall of the passage, now the gable end, is the large granite framed fireplace, unchamfered, with massive lintel and stone oven in left-hand side. The rear wall of the hall survives up to head height and incorporates some blocked window openings and a curious larger opening at ground level, the purpose of which is unclear. The lower gable end wall of the shippon incorporates some large granite blocks and has a central drainage hole with a small opening above it. On the rear wall of the shippon is a central inserted doorway with a slit either side. Interior: the passage has a solid wall to the shippon with an original wooden shouldered-head doorframe. Babeny is the site of one of the 17 ancient tenements of the Forest of Dartmoor and is first mentioned in a document of 1260.

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

Considered under MPP but not recommended for scheduling.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 13, 524-8.
SDV266265List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. Lydford. Historic Houses Register. A4 Bound. 6.
SDV266269National Monuments Record Database: NMR. SX67NE60.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 15 2018 9:28AM