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HER Number:MDV77461
Name:White Oxen Manor, Dean Prior


This farmstead dates to at least the early 13th century, based on documentary sources, and is on the site of a Saxon estate referred to in 1086. The layout has changed little since the 19th century historic map depictions of the farm.


Grid Reference:SX 723 618
Map Sheet:SX76SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDean Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANOR (Saxon - 701 AD to 1065 AD (Between))
  • FARMSTEAD (XV to XVII - 1401 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'White Oxton' is depicted on the Tithe Map, 775 on the apportionment. The farm consists of the rectangular former manor house in the north-eastern corner of a roughly triangular-shaped farm, with three further rectangular farm buildings to the south and west of the house.

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

Whitoxen. The late 19th century historic map shows the farm is largely unchanged from the Tithe Map depiction, although the building to the south of the house is now gone.

Reichel, O. J., 1913, The Hundred of Stanborough or Dippeforda in the Time of 'Testa de Nevil' AD 1243, 177, 202 (Article in Serial). SDV336180.

The site of a Saxon estate held in 1086 by an unreleased Englishman. Mentioned in 'Testa de Nevil'. Descents after 1285 are given.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 310-311 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Whiteoxen is 'Whittekesdon' in 1242, 'Witteskesdon' in 1285, 'Whyttokesdon' in 1303 and 'Whittockesden' in 1326.

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

Farmstead included in survey. Visited on 11/08/1995.

Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

Modern mapping shows 'White-Oxen Manor'. The layout is mostly similar to the late 19th/early 20th century historic maps, although the most southerly farm building appears to have been extended in the later 20th century.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 310-311.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336180Article in Serial: Reichel, O. J.. 1913. The Hundred of Stanborough or Dippeforda in the Time of 'Testa de Nevil' AD 1243. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 45. A5 Hardback. 177, 202.
SDV344544Report - Survey: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 1993 - 1997. Dartmoor National Park Authority Farmstead Survey 1993-1997. dartmoor National Park Authority. Mixed Archive Material.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #104421 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV7962Parent of: White Oxen former manor house, Dean Prior (Building)
MDV47020Related to: Quarry south-east of White Oxen Manor, Rattery (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 23 2018 10:07AM