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HER Number:MDV4312
Name:Harrowthorn Farmstead, Cornwood


Harrowthorn farmstead shown on 19th century maps and listed on the 19th century Tithe Map Apportionment as belonging to 'Watercombe'.


Grid Reference:SX 620 615
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Ruined structural remains of a Harrowthorn farmstead north-west of Watercombe which probably dates to the medieval period

Other References/Statuses

  • National Record of the Historic Environment: SX66SW65
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/64

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Constructed, Early Medieval to XIX - 1066 AD? (Between) to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Rectangular building shown on 19th century Tithe Map in a rectangular yard with a small enclosure to the south-west. The Apportionment for 'Watercombe' lists Field Number 1096 as 'Linhay and Court' and Field Number 1097 to the north-west as 'Harrowthorne Plot'. Field Number 1094 to the north is listed as 'Harrowthorn Plantation' under the 'Coombe' holding and Field Number 1095 to the south-west is listed as 'Blackford' Plantation.

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

Two small adjoining enclosures shown on 19th century map.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Two enclosures shown on early 20th century map.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 271 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Harrowthorne Plantation was mentioned as 'Harethorn' in 1249 and 'Harrathorne' in 1740.

Royal Air Force, 1953, 58/1110, 0052 (Aerial Photograph). SDV157241.

Photograph taken on 5th amay 1953.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, 135, Table 2, Figs. 56, 57d (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

(SX 62116164) Harrowthorn deserted Medieval site is in the south end of Harrowthorn Plantation. Harrowthorne is mentioned in 1249. There appears to have been considerable quarrying here and a number of trees have been uprooted by gales. As a result, this is a very confused site of tumbled banks which are difficult to interpret. Of the three buildings, all near the south wall of the plantation, the middle one is the largest. Land Tax list 1781.

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 43, Plan (Un-published). SDV150434.

Site visited on 23rd April 1966. Indistinct remains of three buildings are vaguely discernible, with enclosure walls. Small enclosure with well finished walls may be on the site of another building. Small stretches of cart track visible.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX66SW65 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV170008.

(12/07/1979) The deserted Medieval site at Harrowthorn is visible as an area of quarrying, 60.0 m square, centred at SX 62136163, in mature woodland. All large stone has been removed, probably for the substantial woodland wall, leaving only pits and heaps of debris. The impression gained is of a Medieval settlement of more than three buildings but the remains are largely unintelligible, so that a survey would reveal little of interest.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on aerial photographs.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2010, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Not considered to be of national importance for scheduling.

White, P., 2013, Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads, Harrowthorn (Un-published). SDV352501.

Harrowthorn Deserted Medieval Settlement with three buildings.

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

Two enclosures present on modern mapping.

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. 271.
SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2010. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 43, Plan.
SDV157241Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1953. 58/1110. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. 0052.
SDV170008Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX66SW65. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 135, Table 2, Figs. 56, 57d.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Harrowthorn.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #91574 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 25 2022 9:06AM