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HER Number:MDV70762
Name:Knowle Farmstead, Lustleigh


Farmstead dates to at least the 17th century, based on documentary evidence. Tithe Map depiction could not be accessed at this time. The farms layout changed greatly between the late 19th century and the early 20th century map depictions, with most of the buildings being lost in this period.


Grid Reference:SX 789 805
Map Sheet:SX78SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLustleigh
Ecclesiastical ParishBOVEY TRACEY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SE/130/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XVI to XVII - 1600 AD to 1625 AD (Between))

Full description

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

This farm lies in an area that used to belong to Bovey Tracey parish, rather than Lustleigh. The farm should be visible on the Tithe Map but this area of the Bovey Tracey map is not available; possibly due to damage.

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

The farmstead at ‘Knowle’ is shown on late 19th century map as a large group of buildings around a rectilinear yard with an opening in the southeast corner. Knowle House lies just to the south of the south-western corner of the range.

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

By the early 20th century, a dramatic change has occurred at the farm, with only a small section of the farm buildings remaining, in the south-eastern corner of the range. One or two small structures are left at the north and another building unconnected to the range set just to the west is also still shown.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 469 (Monograph). SDV337894.

Knowle is 'Knolle' in a source dating to 1625.

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

Knowle farmstead.

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

Only part of the southern range of buildings remain on the modern map; as with the early 20th century map depiction.

Sources / Further Reading

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). [Mapped feature: #99482 ]
SDV337894Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1932. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. IX. A5 Hardback. 469.
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. Knowle.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV92655Parent of: Gate posts 90 metres south-east of Knowle, Lustleigh (Monument)
MDV37948Parent of: Knowle House, Lustleigh (Building)
MDV124594Related to: Lodge near the entrance to Knowle, Lustleigh (Building)
MDV70761Related to: Quarry north of Knowle Farm, Lustleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 15 2019 10:58AM