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HER Number:MDV7428
Name:North Rowden Farmstead, Widecombe in the Moor


North Rowden deserted farmstead to the north-west of 'Rowden Cross' shown on 19th century maps and present as an outline on modern mapping


Grid Reference:SX 701 764
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of deserted medieval farmstead at North Rowden

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/15
  • Pastscape: 445174
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Shown on Tithe Map as a rectangular building on the north side of a yard with a square building to the west. The Apportionment lists Field Number 1164 as 'Houses & Bartons'.

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

Rectangular building shown on the north side of a yard on 19th century map.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Walls are visible on air photos, with remains of three possible buildings.

French, H. + Linehan, C. D., 1963, Abandoned Medieval Sites in Widecombe in the Moor, 171 (Article in Serial). SDV345196.

North Rowden, deserted farmstead. This site is close to 'Rowden' and might be considered as a small hamlet. A now partially blocked narrow lane still exists, leading out to the road just north of the turning to Rowden and Cator, while a wider one leads towards the road opposite Rowden farmhouse. There are the ruins of at least four buildings, parts of which seem to be of 18th century construction, though a very much earlier existence can be surmised. The buildings vary in length from 49 to 34 feet. The central portion of the main range, on the north western side, seems to contain the remains of a bread oven, and another protrudes on the eastern side of the single house on the east side of the site. A lease occurs for both north and south Rowden dated 1694. In use on present day farm. All buildings show late development.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, 10, Table 2 (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

Four buildings with enclosures.

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 98 (Un-published). SDV150434.

Site visited on 1st September 1968. A cross passage longhouse of mortared stone divided by a slight sone division visible at floor level, with two contiguous outbuildings. There is a large mound to the east of the yard with traces of other outbuildings. Approached by a sunken lane leading from the Widecombe road. Shows several phases.

Beresford, M. + Hurst, J. G., 1971, Deserted Medieval Villages, 186 (Monograph). SDV303779.

Beresford, m. + hurst, j. G. /deserted medieval villages/(1971)186.

Hall, J. + Hamlin, A., 1976, Deserted Medieval Settlements in Devon, 6 (Article in Serial). SDV38836.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, Vol III 658 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Site visited on 20th July 1979. The site of North Rowden, where the old Rowden farmhouse and yard were situated. In 1843 it was the farmhouse. There are two buildings marked here on the Tithe Map, one of which is very recognizable even now as the longhouse. The lane leading in from the road is extant, but blocked off with a wire fence.

Griffiths, D., 1983, ?Quay, North Rowden, Plan (Worksheet). SDV13596.

Site visited on 30th June 1987. Site rather overgrown, with some growth damaging the buildings. Some problems with Haynes' interpretation, particularly of the 'longhouse' of which his 'central wall' appears to be the end wall of the building to which the western building has been added.

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

Outline of building and yard shown on modern mapping.

National Monument Record, 2015, Pastscape, 445174 (Website). SDV357603.


Sources / Further Reading

SDV13596Worksheet: Griffiths, D.. 1983. ?Quay. North Rowden, Plan.
SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 98.
SDV303779Monograph: Beresford, M. + Hurst, J. G.. 1971. Deserted Medieval Villages. Deserted Medieval Villages. Unknown. 186.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 10, Table 2.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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 III 658.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
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. 171.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #101545 ]
SDV357603Website: National Monument Record. 2015. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 445174.
SDV38836Article in Serial: Hall, J. + Hamlin, A.. 1976. Deserted Medieval Settlements in Devon. Devon Historian. 13. A5 Paperback. 6.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 20 2018 4:01PM