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HER Number:MDV37292
Name:Rickstands 30 meters west of Bullaton farmhouse


Pair of unusual rickstands in the sloping orchard west of Bullaton farmhouse; comprising circular stone bases with a projecting rim of kerb stones to deter vermin. Significantly, these stands may be a unique design.


Grid Reference:SX 800 820
Map Sheet:SX88SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBovey Tracey
Ecclesiastical ParishBOVEY TRACEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1321523
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX88SW/40/3
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 84447

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STACK STAND (Built, XIX - 1840 AD to 1889 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Added onto the map of 1889 and annotated as ‘rickstands’. Other details: In parish file - annotations thought to be by DMG.

Thorp, J. + Cox, J., 1994, Bullaton Farm, Bovey Tracey, 40-43 (Report - Assessment). SDV347253.

Two stone rickstands positioned on the brow of the hill close to the western boundary of the orchard, around 17.0 meters uphill from the end of the barn. Both are roughly circular in plan with a stone rubble base around 3.9 meters in diameter, with the base stands between 0.5-0.65 meters (depending on the slope of the ground) above ground level with a projecting kerb of granite blocks. The kerb is thought to have been designed to deter vermin. The tops are likely to be flat but are overgrown. A few 19th century staddle stones can be seen in the close vicinity proving these stands were used alongside the more usual type of ricks. These rickstands may be unique in Devon or even nationally.
The rickstands are not marked on either the 1880s Ordnance Survey First Edition map of the 1905 Second Edition map but are thought to date to some time between 1840 and 1889, in the series of major developments at the farm.

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

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

Pair of rickstands thought to date to the 18th to early or mid 19 century. Low, circular platforms of granite rubble each with a projecting lip of granite ashlar, presumably designed to prevent rats climbing up to the rick. Believed to be rare in Dartmoor region. Other details: Listed Building number: 84447.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV299702Cartographic: Griffiths, D. M.. 1991. Annotated 1880s map of Bullaton Farm. Ordnance Survey Map. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #89444 ]
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. 40-43.

Associated Monuments

MDV22325Part of: Bullaton Farmstead, Bovey Tracey (Building)
MDV37294Related to: Bullaton farmhouse, Bovey Tracey (Building)
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:Jun 13 2016 3:34PM