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HER Number:MDV40647
Name:Dilapidated building at Lower Kingsett Farm, Mary Tavy


Remains of listed barn (originally a longhouse) at Lower Kingsett fram. In 2009 the building appeared as ruins with no roof. At time of listing in the late 1980s, it was in use as a barn. Dates to the early 16th century, with later additions right and left and front lean- to possibly used as service room in 17th century, probably abandoned as farmhouse in the later 17th century, with subsequent alterations. Granite rubble with granite dressings, in the 1980s it had slate and asbestos slate roofs.


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

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SW/76/2
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LONGHOUSE (XV to XVI - 1500 AD to 1550 AD (Between))
  • BARN (XVII to XX - 1650 AD to 1980 AD (Between))

Full description

Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor, 61, 993-4; plate 62 (Monograph). SDV249702.

Longhouse appears to date to the 14th or 15th century. Porch has single stone arch and bench. A granite staircase, a trendle in the dairy, a trapdoor in the ceiling to facilitate hoisting and lowering the pig into the trendle, an immense iron hook in an oak beam, a granite fireplace (later blocked by a Victorian grate) in a bedroom, and a granite feeding trough in the shippon area are some of the fascinating features of the house, which was last occupied about a century ago.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 1985, Listing photographs for barn at Lower Kingsett, Mary Tavy (Photograph). SDV226939.

The 1985 images of this building show the barn still had a roof and appeared to be structurally sound, although there are a number of roof slates missing and several visible gaps.

Google, 2014, Google Streetview (Website). SDV355684.

Current view (2009) of the building from the road shows it to have fallen into ruins, all of the roof is gone and a number of mature trees are growing within the remains of the walls.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Location of this building depicted as ruins on the modern mapping.

English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England, 1171553 (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

MARY TAVY SX 58 SW 1/73 Barn about 30m south west of Lower - Kingsett Farmhouse--II
Farmhouse, now barn. Early C16, with later additions right and left and front lean- to possibly used as service room in C17, probably abandoned as farmhouse later C17, with subsequent alterations. Granite rubble with granite dressings, slate and asbestos slate roofs.
Original plan appears to be a cross passage, no evidence of rear door, hall to left with stack backing on to passage and shippon end to right, with room heated by stack possibly at former gable end, with newel stair to front beside fireplace.
Porch to front of passage probably original to building; the farmhouse has been extended to right and left in C19 and C20 to increase use for animal shelter, although the addition to front to service end of late C17 was probably before the farmhouse was abandoned; there has been considerable rebuilding but the core of an early farmhouse of high quality remains. 2 storeys, single-storey porch with pitched roof has broad 3-centred arched opening in granite with narrower 4-centred arched inner doorway, stone benches to sides, porch bay broken forward slightly from main range with 4-pane light at first floor; to left, upper end has ground floor opening and 2 upper openings (now used as cattle shed) further end bay to left, roofless, with ground and first floor former window openings.To right of porch, single storey lean-to attached with door and corrugated iron roof, probably of late C17, with further lean-to at end extending pitch of main roof. Right return rebuilt in C20 concrete block; left return formerly had hipped roof over end bay with external granite stair to upper loading door in gable end. Rear has lower end to left with chamfered granite ventilator opening, upper loading door and door with timber lintel, former opening with timber lintel to left and single light inserted; roof level higher over original hall, with stepped external stack, no chimney; door with timber lintel to right, large granite lintel over former door opening and later inserted upper opening under eaves. Wall stepped back to right with rows of pigeonholes and single light with granite lintel at ground floor, wall rebuilt at upper end. Interior passage has wall to left in granite ashlar, 4-centred arched hollow- chamfered granite doorway to hall with corbel to right, hall fireplace has flat- headed hollow chamfered granite lintel. Room to right of passage has 2 heavy chamfered cross beams, and fireplace with wide chamfered lintel, oven to rear right, doorway to left of fireplace giving access to later addition to lower end and granite newel stair to right; wall between room and passage probably inserted, further front doorway between lean-to and service room indicating probably C17 additional service room use. Late C17 farmhouse at Higher Kingsett (also abandoned), C19 farmhouse at Lower Kingsett and C20 house not included in list.
Listing NGR: SX5126480393

Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England, Accessed 17/10/2016 (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

Previously recorded grid reference for this building was located on the wrong building. Historic England have updated the grid reference for this building to SX5125480373 (17/10/2016).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV226939Photograph: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 1985. Listing photographs for barn at Lower Kingsett, Mary Tavy. Photograph (Paper).
SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 61, 993-4; plate 62.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #90875 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website. 1171553.
SDV355684Website: Google. 2014. Google Streetview. http://maps.google.co.uk. Website.
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. Accessed 17/10/2016.

Associated Monuments

MDV40646Part of: Lower Kingsett Farm, Mary Tavy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 17 2016 8:19AM