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HER Number:MDV77079
Name:Furzeleigh, Ashburton


Historic farmstead established by 1304 with a complex ownership history. This holding was included in Dartmoor National Park Authority Historic Farmsteads survey.


Grid Reference:SX 745 677
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XIV to XXI - 1304 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 1993 - 1997, Dartmoor National Park Authority Farmstead Survey 1993-1997 (Report - Survey). SDV344544.

Farmstead included in survey. Visited on 18/03/1996.

Brown, S., 2005, Furzeleigh Farm, Ashburton. Archaeological assessment (Report - Assessment). SDV347228.

Detailed history of the farm's inhabitants and history.

Brown, S., 2007, Archaeological Watching Brief during the excavation of nine test pits at Furzeleigh Farm, Ashburton (Report - Watching Brief). SDV359773.

The test pits uncovered no features or deposits of archaeological interest or significance. Archaeological deposits may however survive elsewhere on the site, particularly towards the middle of the farm buildings, away from the walls, where it is more likely that evidence will have been preserved to tell us about working activities over the centuries, as well as within the older northern end of the house, which dates from the 16th or 17th century. In addition, the precise whereabouts of the earliest settlement, first recorded in 1304, is unknown, so any future groundworks at the site should be monitored archaeologically.

Brown, S., 2009, The Farmhouse at Furzeleigh Farm, Ashburton, 1 (Report - Watching Brief). SDV347213.

Furzeleigh formed part of the medieval manor of Pridhamsleigh and was first mentioned in 1304 (assize roll). In 1461 it was part of a sizable land holding in Devon and Cornwall held by Sir Baldwin Fulford. Via various owners over the following 400 years, by 1800 it was part of the estate owned by Richard Barre Dunning (Lord Ashburton) but was later passed to further owners including Alice Louisa Wilson who sold it to Buckfast Abbey in 1926.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV344544Report - Survey: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 1993 - 1997. Dartmoor National Park Authority Farmstead Survey 1993-1997. dartmoor National Park Authority. Mixed Archive Material.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #104062 ]
SDV347213Report - Watching Brief: Brown, S.. 2009. The Farmhouse at Furzeleigh Farm, Ashburton. Stewart Brown Associates Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 1.
SDV347228Report - Assessment: Brown, S.. 2005. Furzeleigh Farm, Ashburton. Archaeological assessment. Stewart Brown Associates Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV359773Report - Watching Brief: Brown, S.. 2007. Archaeological Watching Brief during the excavation of nine test pits at Furzeleigh Farm, Ashburton. Stewart Brown Associates. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV80006Parent of: Agricultural buildings, Furzeleigh Farm, Ashburton (Building)
MDV7845Parent of: Furzeleigh Farmhouse, Ashburton (Building)
MDV24955Related to: Field boundaries north and north-west of Furzeleigh, Ashburton (Monument)
MDV7850Related to: Roman coin hoard found at Furzeleigh (Find Spot)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5041 - Watching brief at Furzeleigh Farmhouse, Ashburton
  • EDV5048 - Assessment of the buildings at Furzeleigh Farm, Ashburton
  • EDV7066 - Watching brief at Furzeleigh Farm, Ashburton

Date Last Edited:Aug 8 2017 11:31AM