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HER Number:MDV6026
Name:Whiteslade Farmstead and Snaily House, Riddon Ridge, Dartmoor Forest


'Whiteslade' farmstead and 'Snaily House' shown on 19th century maps within an historic field system


Grid Reference:SX 661 762
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and stone walling remains of an extensive Bronze Age field system, reaves, enclosures, cairns and hut circle settlements on Riddon Ridge overlain with a medieval field system and associated enclosures and Whiteslade post-medieval farmstead

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/46
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Early Medieval to XXI - 1066 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Duchy of Cornwall, 1818, Map of Ancient Tenements and Newtakes of the Dartmoor Estate (Cartographic). SDV229385.

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

'Whiteslade' shown on 19th century Tithe Map as an L-shaped building with an irregular shaped enclosure adjoining to the south-east and surrounded by several small fields. The Apportionment for 'Whiteslade' lists Field Number 775 as 'Dwelling Houseand Gardens', Field Number 775a as 'Road adjoining Court' and Field Number 776 as 'Plot adjoining House and Garden'.

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

Buildings and enclosure depicted but not named.

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

Whiteslade (Snaily House) marked.

Royal Air Force, 1961, 58/4424, F42 181 (Aerial Photograph). SDV280247.

Brown, T., 1961, Tales of a Dartmoor Village (Article in Serial). SDV238060.

At the time of writing almost inaccessible ruins. Other details: 212-213.

Linehan, C. D., 1965, Deserted Sites on Dartmoor, Devon, 173 (Article in Serial). SDV217992.

Whiteslade or Snaily House, house with remains of two windows, probably originally of cross-passage type; several other buildings with enclosures; in forestry commission plantation.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, Fig 2 (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

Whiteslade is a medieval site consisting of three buildings showing late development and associated enclosures.

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, (ND) 151 (Un-published). SDV150434.

Site visit 18th May 1967. A small mortared farmhouse, with two rooms added successively, with outbuildings and enclosures. The living room contains a fireplace with two recesses at the side. Two small windows facing east with a slit to the west. Possible stackstand to the north east. Well built barn down lane to south east. Well constructed farm with 30 acres of enclosed hillside. This site appears to be a modern intake on the east side of the River Dart.

Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor, 855-6 (Monograph). SDV249702.

Snaily’s House. Remnant of a medieval farmstead with two ground floor rooms, one of which boasts a fine fireplace and cupboard recesses. Ruined outhouses situated against the north and east walls. Occupied in 1813 by George Stook, in 1839 by Reverend John White and by two elderly spinsters around 100 years ago, who were reputed to live on a diet of black slugs preserved in salt.

Jones, B., 1988, The Ancient Tenements of the Forest of Dartmoor (Report - Survey). SDV229386.

Adjoining outbuildings also well constructed and mostly form a short range against south west end of house. An ascending track leads south east from the small yard in front of the house giving access to a further service building, which measures 7 metres by 3.4 metres by maximum 3.5 metres high at gables. It has a single entrance central on south western side and two narrow windows. Surrounding field pattern quite regular, suggestive of relatively late origin.

Griffiths, D., 1990, Snaily's House, Lydford (Worksheet). SDV344877.

Low gabled building within Forestry Commission plantation. The granite rubble walls survive to approximately 2 metres in height at the northern end and there are splayed slit windows within them. The building is constructed into the valley side to the south so that the south wall acts as a revetment to the hill slope. No visible evidence for a fireplace was seen or any evidence to support Hemerey's interpretation as a longhouse. Possibly post-medieval in date. A granite slab rests against the east wall which is inscribed "SL".

Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Considered under Monument Protection Programme but not recommended for scheduling.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Whiteslade (Snaily House) marked.

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

Whiteslade site of a lost farmstead shown on the Tithe Map. Lost farmstead 'Snaily house'.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX67NE1 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV229380.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. 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. (ND) 151.
SDV217992Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1965. Deserted Sites on Dartmoor, Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 97. A5 Hardback. 173.
SDV229380Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX67NE1. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV229385Cartographic: Duchy of Cornwall. 1818. Map of Ancient Tenements and Newtakes of the Dartmoor Estate. Unknown.
SDV229386Report - Survey: Jones, B.. 1988. The Ancient Tenements of the Forest of Dartmoor.
SDV238060Article in Serial: Brown, T.. 1961. Tales of a Dartmoor Village. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 93. Unknown.
SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 855-6.
SDV280247Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1961. 58/4424. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). F42 181.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. Fig 2.
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).
SDV344877Worksheet: Griffiths, D.. 1990. Snaily's House, Lydford. A4 Stapled.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #96551 ]
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Whiteslade.

Associated Monuments

MDV103401Related to: Field system associated with farmstead on Riddon Ridge (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 18 2016 11:09AM