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HER Number:MDV40646
Name:Lower Kingsett Farm, Mary Tavy


Farmstead dates from at least the middle ages. Ruined longhouse is listed, although looks to be quite dilapidated. Little remains of the buildings shown on the Tithe Map/ later 19th century historic maps and large modern farm buildings dominate the site.


Grid Reference:SX 512 803
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMary Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMARY TAVY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SW/76/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Kingset on the Tithe Map includes just the farmhouse, which lies at the centre of the farm, aligned north-south, with a rectangular building (east-west) just to the west of the house an da small structure to the north.

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

The late 19th century historic map shows the buildings as on the Tithe Map, but with additional structures along the eastern edge of the farm and a new farmhouse to the north of the site.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 201 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Kingsett is mentioned in different documents throughout the Middle Ages and spelt in various ways. This name is found again in Widecombe and Walkhampton. All three places are situated on or below prominent hills and it is likely that they were originally hill-names, 'king's seat' signifying perhaps a lofty spot. 'Kyngsete' in 1417, 'Kyngesset' in 1478, 'Kingsett' in 1648.

Lichfield Smith, J. W., 1966, Kingsett Farm, Mary Tavy (Worksheet). SDV226942.

Kingsett Farm. Probably from the old Danish 'keonigsetl' the farm being known as 'kingzett'. 'Zett' in the old Devon dialect vernacular still used today in more remote parts of Devon means seat as all 's'' are pronounced as 'z'.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 1993 - 1997, Dartmoor National Park Authority Farmstead Survey 1993-1997 (Report - Survey). SDV344544.

Farmstead included in survey. Visited on 31/01/1996.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Little remains of the buildings shown on the Tithe Map. The ruins of the central farmhouse can be seen and the late 19th century buildings on the east remain in some form. Massive modern buildings dominate at the south of the site, surrounding the ruined listed building on three sides.

Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

19th century farmhouse at Lower Kingsett and 20th century house not included in list.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 201.
SDV226942Worksheet: Lichfield Smith, J. W.. 1966. Kingsett Farm, Mary Tavy. Worksheet. Unknown.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV344544Report - Survey: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 1993 - 1997. Dartmoor National Park Authority Farmstead Survey 1993-1997. dartmoor National Park Authority. Mixed Archive Material.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #90874 ]
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV40647Parent of: Dilapidated building at Lower Kingsett Farm, Mary Tavy (Building)
MDV77809Related to: Higher Kingsett farm, Mary Tavy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 17 2016 8:12AM