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HER Number:MDV3975
Name:Threshing floor in Longstone Plantation, Burrator


Windstrew or threshing floor comprising a raised rectangular granite platform to the north of the ruins of Longstone Manor. Said to be unique in Devon


Grid Reference:SX 556 685
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/2/5
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • THRESHING FLOOR (XVII - 1637 AD to 1637 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Threshing floor depicted.

Baring Gould, S., 1898, Fifteenth Report of the Committee of Devonshire Folklore, 90 (Article in Serial). SDV258013.

Cut into it is the date 1637 and initials j. E. , A. E. , (John and Anne Elford).

Stephens, F. M., 1898, Longstone Farm (Un-published). SDV257917.

The winnowing altar is composed of huge granite blocks. Circa 14 feet square by 5.5 feet high. It has been disused for many years. On the east side is a slab which has fallen off and bears the date 1637 and initials IE AE.

Breton, H. H., 1911, Beautiful Dartmoor, Photograph (Monograph). SDV257910.

W. S. B. H., 1918-1919, Hebrew Threshing Floor in Devonshire, 62 (Article in Serial). SDV258015.

The threshing floor is said to consist of a flat space paved with cobbles.

Bond, P. W., 1918-1919, Hebrew Threshing Floor, 91-92 (Article in Serial). SDV258016.

The platform of the windstrew is paved with granite. Threshing was done with the aid of the wind which carried away the chaff.

Beckerlegge, J. J., 1939, Eighth Report of the Plymouth and District Branch, 82 (Article in Serial). SDV149484.

The windstrew or threshing floor is unique in Devon

Greeves, T. A. P., 1979, South West Water Authority Burrator Survey (Report - non-specific). SDV278356.

In a stable condition in a clearing. The structure likely to postdate 1800. It is not shown on the Tithe Map of circa 1842 but is shown on the 1906 Ordnance Survey map.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX56NE2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV257904.

Site visit 7th August 1950. The old windstrew at Longstone is a raised platform of granite, rectangular in shape and with steps of granite projecting from the wall on the ne side which lead to the top of the construction. The upper portion is overgrown.

Hemery, E., 1981, Forgotten Sheepstor Manor (Article in Serial). SDV351164.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149484Article in Serial: Beckerlegge, J. J.. 1939. Eighth Report of the Plymouth and District Branch. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 71. A5 Hardback. 82.
SDV257904Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX56NE2. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV257910Monograph: Breton, H. H.. 1911. Beautiful Dartmoor. Beautiful Dartmoor. 1. Unknown. Photograph.
SDV257917Un-published: Stephens, F. M.. 1898. Longstone Farm. Digital.
SDV258013Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1898. Fifteenth Report of the Committee of Devonshire Folklore. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 30. Hardback Volume. 90.
SDV258015Article in Serial: W. S. B. H.. 1918-1919. Hebrew Threshing Floor in Devonshire. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 10.1. Unknown. 62.
SDV258016Article in Serial: Bond, P. W.. 1918-1919. Hebrew Threshing Floor. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 10.1. Unknown. 91-92.
SDV278356Report - non-specific: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1979. South West Water Authority Burrator Survey. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. 18. Unknown.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #90450 ]
SDV351164Article in Serial: Hemery, E.. 1981. Forgotten Sheepstor Manor. The Western Morning News. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV103325Related to: Burrator Reservoir (Monument)
MDV3970Related to: Longstone, Burrator Reservoir (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 24 2021 10:47AM