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HER Number:MDV76960
Name:Moor Copse, Ilsington


Farmstead dates to the mid-late 19th century, based on cartographic evidence. First depicted on the late 19th century Ordnance Survey maps, the farm was developed by the time of the early 20th century map into its current form. Included in the Dartmoor National Park Authority Historic Farmsteads Survey (visited 2004).


Grid Reference:SX 805 754
Map Sheet:SX87NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Constructed, XIX to Edwardian - 1850 AD (Between) to 1905 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Not depicted on the preceding 1840s Tithe Map, settlement is first shown here on the late 19th century historic map. The map shows a group of buildings built in ranges around the east and west sides of a yard, with another isolated building to the south-west of the main group. Named 'Rosewood Cottage' on the map. 'Moor Copse' adjoins the farm to the north-west.
There is also a new (dwelling) shown to the south-east of the farm, close to the road.

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

By the time of the early 20th century historic map, the farm has been redeveloped. The range of buildings at the north-eastern corner of the farm appear similar to the late 19th century historic map depiction, although there are additions here with new buildings added.
The south-western corner of the farm appears entirely new at this stage; a substantial range of buildings shown, forming an L-shaped range on the west and south sides of the yard. These structures appear to have replaced the earlier buildings shown, including the single building previously shown.
The map now records the name 'Old Lays Farm' but this appears to refer to the dwelling to the south (MDV134602).

Humphreys, C., 2003 - 2005, Dartmoor National Park Authority Farmstead Survey 2003-2005, HF115 (Report - Survey). SDV344545.

Moor Copse Farmstead included in survey. Visited on 29/07/2004.

Ordnance Survey, 2023, Mastermap 2023 (Cartographic). SDV365227.

The modern mapping depicts the site; 'Moor Copse Farm' and with 'Old Leys Farm' to the south. 'Willow Cottage' and 'Hazel Cottage' are shown on the northern side of the farm; presumably converted farm buildings.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #103943 ]
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV344545Report - Survey: Humphreys, C.. 2003 - 2005. Dartmoor National Park Authority Farmstead Survey 2003-2005. Southwest Archaeology. 050330. Mixed Archive Material. HF115.
SDV365227Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2023. Mastermap 2023. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV134602Related to: Old Leys Farm, Ilsington (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 18 2023 4:22PM