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HER Number:MDV48473
Name:Mental Institution at Ford House


Mental institution at Ford House, which later moved to Broadhayes Farm.


Grid Reference:ST 241 030
Map Sheet:ST20SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishStockland
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSTOCKLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST20SW/195

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOSPITAL (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Pearce, N., Ford House and Farm (Worksheet). SDV338224.

Ford House. All that remains are very high brick walls round former garden or yard, and iron railings adjoining road. Possibly a few ruined walls and a cellar but these may recently have been removed. Modern bungalow now built close to site. Said to have been a lunatic asylum in 1842 but deeds seem to be lost. Chains attached to large stones found, possibly down old well, in living memory. In 1919 bill of sale, called "ruins of old manor house".

Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit, 1992 - 1993, Blackdown Hills Survey Archive (Archive - Survey). SDV324187.

Local legend says Ford House was once a mental institution which later moved to Broadhayes Farm. There is a tall wall east of Little Ford now acting as a garden wall (c.4m high).

Hamshere, J., 2007, Mental Institution at Ford (Personal Comment). SDV338228.

In the 1700’s it is thought that it was not used as an institution, but was the family home of the Callards. Then they seemed to own much of the land in Stockland, up and around Horner Hill, and the Ridge Farm Estate. It is believed that this was before ‘Ford’ became part of the Broadhayes Estate.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV324187Archive - Survey: Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit. 1992 - 1993. Blackdown Hills Survey Archive. Blackdown Hills Survey Archive. A4 Unbound.
SDV338224Worksheet: Pearce, N.. Ford House and Farm. Worksheet.
SDV338228Personal Comment: Hamshere, J.. 2007. Mental Institution at Ford. A4 Single Sheet.

Associated Monuments

MDV20584Related to: Broadhayes House (Building)
MDV49371Related to: Fishponds at Ford Farm (Monument)
MDV22064Related to: Ford House, Stockland (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4209 - Site Visit to Ford House

Date Last Edited:Apr 23 2007 11:46AM