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HER Number:MDV5025
Name:Yestor Farmstead, Walkhampton Common


Yestor farmstead shown on 19th and early 20th century maps and shown as 'Easter Green' on the 19th century Tithe Map. The buildings are arranged in a line rather than around a yard which is rather unusual for a Dartmoor farm.


Grid Reference:SX 563 727
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains on Walkhampton Common including 19th century Swelltor and Foggintor Quarries, a section of the early 19th century Plymouth and Dartmoor Tramway, later converted to railway, also streamworks along the Yes Tor Brook

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/130
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BEE BOLE? (Built, XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1900 AD (Between))
  • FARMSTEAD (Built, XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1900 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 02/07/1964, F62/58/6399, 42-3 (Aerial Photograph). SDV272301.

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

'Easter Green' shown on 19th century Tithe Map (plot 459).

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

'Yestor' shown on 19th century map as a group of buildings along the north side of an irregular shaped yard.

Royal Air Force, 1961, 58/4424, 58/4424.F44.167 (Aerial Photograph). SDV280247.

Linehan, C. D., 1965, Deserted Sites on Dartmoor, Devon, 175 (Article in Serial). SDV217992.

Four buildings with yards and enclosures by the old Princetown railway.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, 124-5 (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 159 (Un-published). SDV150434.

Site visit 24th March 1966. Located at the head of the valley between Swelltor and Ingra; the Princetown Railway passes through its fields. Orientated east-west. The house and outbuildings are well built of mortared stone, rather modern in appearance. They are in remarkably good repair, the house walls standing 10 foot high or more in parts. The group differs in layout from most old farms on the moor, being in a long line rather than around a yard. A curious features is the filling in of a number of doors and windows in the outbuildings, even the garden gate.

National Monument Record, 1976, SX5672, SX5672/3 (Aerial Photograph). SDV267145.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Visible and recorded.

Woods, S. H., 1988, Dartmoor Stone, 163, 165 (Monograph). SDV346790.

SX563 727. Possible bee boles at Yes Tor Farm; two recesses in the ruins of the farm are possibly connected with bee keeping. The recesses are at ground level. These look out onto a small, private courtyard. Image included.

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

Yestor ruined farmstead.

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

Outline of farmstead shown on modern mapping.

National Monument Record, 2014, Pastscape (Website). SDV355682.

Deserted medieval village. NMR No. SX57SE70. Record last updated: N/A.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, unknown, SX57SE70 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV250043.

Site visit 25th June 1978. Remains of Yestor farmhouse and outbuildings. House measures 15 metres by 5 metres internally. Subdivided by a passageway into 2 rooms, the east one retaining a fireplace. There is an outshut on the west end.
The walling of house and outbuildings is of roughly dressed, rubble, partly mortared, 0.6 metres wide and up to 1.8 metres high. The outbuildings incorporate drill split stones indicating a date not earlier than the 19th century. This seems likely to apply to the whole farmstead, though it is clearly earlier than the Princetown railway which cuts through the fields of the farm. There is no evidence of rig and furrow.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 159.
SDV217992Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1965. Deserted Sites on Dartmoor, Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 97. A5 Hardback. 175.
SDV250043Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. unknown. SX57SE70. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV267145Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1976. SX5672. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. SX5672/3.
SDV272301Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 02/07/1964. F62/58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 42-3.
SDV280247Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1961. 58/4424. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 58/4424.F44.167.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 124-5.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV346790Monograph: Woods, S. H.. 1988. Dartmoor Stone. Dartmoor Stone. Hardback Volume. 163, 165.
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. Yestor.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #93746 ]
SDV355682Website: National Monument Record. 2014. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV28212Related to: Leat on Walkhampton Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 18 2019 12:30PM