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HER Number:MDV45478
Name:Former Smithy, Mason's Yard


Smithy shown on Second Edition Ordnance Survey map, built late 19th or early 20th century. Converted to residential use.


Grid Reference:SX 613 501
Map Sheet:SX65SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHolbeton
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHOLBETON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65SW/46

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BLACKSMITHS WORKSHOP (XIX to XX - 1885 AD to 1906 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Ordnance Survey, 1906, 131NW (Cartographic). SDV158332.

'Smithy' shown.

Swindin, P. J., 2007, An Archaeological Evaluation at Masons Yard, Fore Street, Holbeton, Devon, 3 (Report - Evaluation). SDV347724.

An archaeological evaluation undertaken at Masons Yard, in advance of a proposed residential development. When this area was surveyed in 1905 by the Ordnance Survey, a structure identified as a smithy, was present nearby. Trench 3 contained three small sub-circular postholes approximately 2 metres apart, forming an arc. No pottery was recovered to date these postholes, however the presence of a well preserved in-situ timber stake in one, and the retreival of a probable modern iron fragment (possibly relating to agricultural machinery) from another, may suggest a relatively recent age. Other details: Figures 7, 9.

Wakeham, C.S. + Jones, P., 2010, Building Recording and Archaeological Monitoring at Mason's Yard, Holbeton, Devon, 3-4, 13 (Report - non-specific). SDV347734.

The smithy first appears on the Ordnance Survey map of 1906, so must have been built between 1885 and this date. The late origin of this building is borne out, in part, by the use of machined bricks for the dressings, and may signify the first use of the yard for estate maintenance purposes. It is a single storey building constructed on a raised bank on the northern side of the yard. The building has raised footings on the south side and is entered via doorways in the north-east and north-west elevations. It has a pitched roof with a dovecote near the centre of the apex. The main compartment contains two brick-built forges which, though missing their hoods, are otherwise largely intact. See report for full details. Other details: Figures 5-9; plates 1-2.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV158332Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 131NW. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #92483 ]
SDV347724Report - Evaluation: Swindin, P. J.. 2007. An Archaeological Evaluation at Masons Yard, Fore Street, Holbeton, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 07.47. A4 stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV347734Report - non-specific: Wakeham, C.S. + Jones, P.. 2010. Building Recording and Archaeological Monitoring at Mason's Yard, Holbeton, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 10.84. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3-4, 13.

Associated Monuments

MDV80593Related to: Range of Buildings at Mason's Yard (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5247 - Archaeological Evaluation at Mason's Yard, Holbeton
  • EDV5249 - Historic Building Recording at Mason's Yard, Holbeton
  • EDV5250 - Archaeological Monitoring at Mason's Yard, Holbeton

Date Last Edited:Aug 19 2011 10:35AM