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HER Number:MDV6419
Name:Little Corndonford deserted settlement

Summary

Survey in 1980 recorded the remains of this farmstead. On the north side adjacent to the Corndon road is a building measuring 15.7 metres by 4.7 metres that appears to be subdivided into four rooms. May have originally been the farmhouse; perhaps later converted into two cottages. From the main house another building with similar walling extends to the south-west but is largely obscured by modern dumping. A third building forms the southern boundary to the yard and measures 15.0 metres by 3.5 metres internally. Two gardens or crofts are to the east of the yard, both overgrown with bushes.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 696 744
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 SE 86
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/39
  • Pastscape: 443109

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Constructed, Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1951, RAF/540/483, 4095-6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224087.


Royal Air Force, 1961, RAF/58/4424, F43.0186 (Aerial Photograph). SDV288116.


French, H. + Linehan, C. D., 1963, Abandoned Medieval Sites in Widecombe in the Moor, 172 (Article in Serial). SDV345196.

It lies in a spinney opposite to Corndon farmhouse at SX 697745 on a narrow lane.


Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, 124-5, table 2 (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

There are remains of two buildings, both 15.85 metres long by 4.57 metres wide; there are cross walls as well as cross passages in both. A third building in the south east corner of the site is almost obliterated. There are also two crofts. Occupation until the 15th century seems probable, but only excavation can give an exact dating.


Beresford, M. + Hurst, J. G., 1971, Deserted Medieval Villages, 185 (Monograph). SDV303779.

Little Corndonford is the name of the field containing the site and presumably was its name, though this is uncertain.


Hall, J. + Hamlin, A., 1976, Deserted Medieval Settlements in Devon, 5 (Article in Serial). SDV38836.

An undated (c.1980) Ordnance Survey drawing in the parish file shows the layout of the settlement. Three buildings south-west of present farm.


Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, Vol I, 201 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

(Visited 7/6/1979) Remains of long building in field, possibly a longhouse. Faces south-east. See sketch on worksheet.


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

One building is visible on the Royal Air Force 1947 aerial photographs.


Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Remains of buildings are indicated on the modern mapping in the woodland opposite Corndon Farm. The main building with four subdivisions is shown clearly, while remains of two further buildings to the south-west are also indicated.


Richards, A. F., 2019, Note about the location of this record (Personal Comment). SDV362856.

This record was incorrectly located on the mapping at SX693 745, despite the notes on the record stating the location as SX697 745; appears to have been the result of a typing error. Location inaccuracy spotted by T. Greeves in February 2019 and subsequently updated (Richards, A. F., 25/02/2019).


National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 1980 data (Website). SDV362732.

At SX 69587446 are the remains of a farmstead with buildings grouped about a yard. On the north side adjacent to the Corndon road is a building with drystone rubble walling 0.8 metres thick and up to 0.8 metres high. It measures 15.7 metres by 4.7 metres internally and appears to be subdivided into four rooms with an entrance to each pair. If this was originally the farmhouse it may indicate late conversion to two cottages.
From the main house another building with similar walling extends to the south-west but is largely obscured by modern dumping. A third building forms the southern boundary to the yard and measures 15.0 metres by 3.5 metres internally with turf covered walling 0.7 metres wide and 0.3 metres high.
Two gardens or crofts are to the east of the yard, both overgrown with bushes. Surveyed at 1:2500 on MSD. (citing Ordnance Survey Field Investigators Comments (NJA), 03-06-1980).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV224087Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1951. RAF/540/483. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4095-6.
SDV288116Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1961. RAF/58/4424. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. F43.0186.
SDV303779Monograph: Beresford, M. + Hurst, J. G.. 1971. Deserted Medieval Villages. Deserted Medieval Villages. Unknown. 185.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 124-5, table 2.
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.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. Vol I, 201.
SDV345196Article in Serial: French, H. + Linehan, C. D.. 1963. Abandoned Medieval Sites in Widecombe in the Moor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 95. A5 Hardback. 172.
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 1980 data.
SDV38836Article in Serial: Hall, J. + Hamlin, A.. 1976. Deserted Medieval Settlements in Devon. Devon Historian. 13. A5 Paperback. 5.

Associated Monuments

MDV112288Related to: Corndon Farmstead, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 25 2019 10:02AM