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HER Number:MDV6130
Name:Berrydown Manor, Gidleigh

Summary

Large farmhouse. Probably 16th century origins with 17th century improvements (there is a datestone of 1655), enlarged and rearranged in late 18th century, modernised around 1980. L-shaped building; the old farmhouse was a 3-room and through passage plan Dartmoor longhouse built down the hillslope and facing south. The shippon at the downhill right (east) end has now been brought into domestic use.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 665 879
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/16
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 94696

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LONGHOUSE (XV to XVII - 1500 AD to 1655 AD (Between))

Full description

Hughes, G. W. G., 1947, Gidleigh, 103 (Article in Serial). SDV273922.

Berrydown Farm. 'JR' and date '1655' carved over doorway.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SX68NE65, 26/1/1978 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV226616.

Basically a large 17th century house, much altered.


Department of Environment, 1987, Gidleigh, 128 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV275393.

Berrydown Manor, large farmhouse. Probably 16th century origins with 17th century improvements (there is a datestone of 1655), enlarged and rearranged in late 18th century, modernized circa 1980. Mostly coursed blocks of granite ashlar, the late 18th century work neater and more regular, and some granite stone rubble patching; granite stacks with granite ashlar chimney shafts; slate roof, the older wing was formerly thatch.
Basically an L-shaped building. Interior has plain carpentry detail where exposed and all appears to be late 18th century and later. Roof not inspected. See List for further details.


Grumley-Grennan, T. + Hardy, M., 2000, Gidleigh. A Dartmoor Village Past and Present, 79 (Monograph). SDV359347.

Berrydown is mostly built from granite ashlar blocks with slate roof. The old farmhouse was of a 3-room-and-through passage plan, built down the hillslope and facing south. The newer block, facing east and built at right angles to the original section, contains the principal rooms. Greatly altered over the years but it is still possible to see where the cross-passage was in the south-facing farmhouse. House underwent considerable rebuilding in the early 19th century, including raising the ceilings by almost three feet.


Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Depicted on the modern mapping. The footprint of the farmhouse building has not changed greatly since the Tithe Map depiction.


English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.

3/167 Berrydown Manor - 22.2.67 - II
Large farmhouse. Probably C16 origins with C17 improvements (there is a datestone of 1655), enlarged and rearranged in late C18, modernised circa 1980. Mostly coursed blocks of granite ashlar, the late C18 work neater and more regular, and some granite stone rubble patching; granite stacks with granite ashlar chimney shafts; slate roof, the older wing was formerly thatch.
Plan: basically an L-shaped building. The old farmhouse was a 3-room-and-through- passage plan Dartmoor longhouse built down the hillslope and facing south. The shippon at the downhill right (east) end has now been brought into domestic use. The hall has an axial stack backing onto the through passage. In the late C18 the house was rearranged when a new wing housing the principal rooms was built at right angles to the old farmhouse projecting forward from the inner room and facing east. The 2 main rooms of the new main block have axial stacks on their outer ends and are separated by an entrance hall and main stairs. Smaller third room on left (southern) end. 2 storeys throughout with outshots to rear of main block.
Exterior: the present main block has a 4-window front. The left end has a ground floor horned 12-pane sash and first floor late C18 casement containing rectangular panes of leaded glass. The rest is a symmetrical 3-window arrangement, flanking 16- pane sashes and central first floor 12-pane sash, arranged about central front doorway. The doorway is C17 and, it appears, has been reset from the farmhouse block; built of granite ashlar it is round-headed with broad bead-moulded surround with eared head. The spandrels are carved with shields and oak leaves, the left shield inscribed 1R, the right one 1655. The panelled door is late C18. Blocked secondary door between the 3 and 1-window sections. The farmhouse section has an irregular 3-window front; C20 French windows to the ground floor and 16-pane sashes to the first, one of them horned. Both roofs are gable-ended and the roof of the farmhouse steps down in the centre. The C19 gutter along the main front and the higher section of the farmhouse has cast iron lions masks over the joints.
Interior has plain carpentry detail where exposed and all appears to be late C18 and later. The ceilings of the farmhouse section appear to have been raised as does the roof although this was not inspected. Besides the front doorway the only feature earlier than the late C18 is the old hall fireplace. It is granite ashlar with plain surround and with relieving arch over; it is probably late C16 - early C17.
Listing NGR: SX6653487913

Sources / Further Reading

SDV226616Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SX68NE65. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. 26/1/1978.
SDV273922Article in Serial: Hughes, G. W. G.. 1947. Gidleigh. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 79. Unknown. 103.
SDV275393List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. Gidleigh. Historic Houses Register. 128.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #96769 ]
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV359347Monograph: Grumley-Grennan, T. + Hardy, M.. 2000. Gidleigh. A Dartmoor Village Past and Present. Gidleigh. A Dartmoor Village Past and Present. Hardback Volume. 79.

Associated Monuments

MDV77124Part of: Berrydown farmstead, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV33348Related to: Thatched pound house, Berrydown Farm (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Dec 22 2015 11:52AM