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HER Number:MDV37291
Name:Ash house 40 meters north-east of Bullaton Farmhouse


Unusual example of an ash house, located quite a distance from the farmhouse (at least 40 meters north) at Bullaton. The field boundary walls are built up against it and it is likely to be one of the oldest buildings at the farm.


Grid Reference:SX 801 820
Map Sheet:SX88SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBovey Tracey
Ecclesiastical ParishBOVEY TRACEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1321530
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX88SW/40/4
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 84448

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ASH HOUSE (Constructed, XVIII to XIX - 1751 AD to 1850 AD (Between))

Full description

1840, Tithe Map (Cartographic). SDV339770.

Ash house depicted on the 1840 Tithe Map of Bullaton farm.

Griffiths, D. M., 1991, Annotated 1880s map of Bullaton Farm (Cartographic). SDV299702.

Shown on map of 1889. (Annotated as ‘ash house’). Other details: Parish file scan - annotations thought to be by DMG.

Thorp, J. + Cox, J., 1994, Bullaton Farm, Bovey Tracey, 36 (Report - Assessment). SDV347253.

Interesting ash house located on the north-eastern side of the driveway. It is a small rubble structure terraced into the hillslope to the rear with a small rectangular chamber 1.85 meters wide by 2.5 meters deep with a doorway (including the fittings for a door). The roof is corbelled and capped off with a large slab. The structure is quite overgrown but an arrangement of granite slabs alongside the left door jamb suggests there may have been a second small opening at ground level which has subsequently been blocked up.
Building is described as an ash house in the 1919 sale details but is unusual in being quite a distance from the farmhouse and not having loading / unloading windows. However, no other functions have been confirmed and it was clearly in use as an ash house in 1919. Not easy to date but must be one of the oldest buildings as the field boundary walls appear to be built up against it.

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

Ash House about 40 metres north-east of Bullaton Farmhouse (formerly listed as Ash House south of Bullaton Farmhouse). Probably early 19th century or earlier, small granite building of rectangular plan with corbelled, domed granite roof. Doorway has flat lintel made of a single stone. Left-hand jamb is made up largely of another large piece of granite, which has two iron hinge-crooks, presumably for a door on the outer face. On right-hand jamb is a small iron hoop and below it a small round hole cut in the granite, possibly for some sort of fastening device. Other details: Listed Building number: 84448.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV299702Cartographic: Griffiths, D. M.. 1991. Annotated 1880s map of Bullaton Farm. Ordnance Survey Map. Digital.
SDV339770Cartographic: 1840. Tithe Map. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV347253Report - Assessment: Thorp, J. + Cox, J.. 1994. Bullaton Farm, Bovey Tracey. Keystone Historic Buildings Consultants Report. K405. A4 Comb Bound. 36. [Mapped feature: #89443 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV22325Part of: Bullaton Farmstead, Bovey Tracey (Building)
MDV37294Related to: Bullaton farmhouse, Bovey Tracey (Building)
MDV42505Related to: Cart shed 70 meters north-west of Bullaton Farmhouse (Monument)
MDV42504Related to: Cattle shelter 40 meters north-east of Bullaton farmhouse (Monument)
MDV42506Related to: Linhay 60 meters north-west of Bullaton Farmhouse (Monument)
MDV37293Related to: Linhays and barn north-west of Bullaton farmhouse (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5065 - Assessment of buildings at Bullaton Farm, Bovey Tracey

Date Last Edited:May 11 2018 10:50AM