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HER Number:MDV77684
Name:Thule farmstead, Gidleigh


Farmstead dates to at least the 13th century, based on documentary evidence. Much of the present day house dates from around 1560.


Grid Reference:SX 665 887
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XIII to XIV - 1249 AD to 1340 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Thowle' is depicted on the Tithe Map; 178 on the Gidleigh apportionment: 'House, Barton and C.' The layout of the farm consists of the farmhouse aligned north-south on the western side of the farm, with adjoining buildings to the south and north. Additional buildings are shown to the south-east and east of the main range and a pond is also shown.

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

'Thule' is shown on the late 19th century historic map appearing unchanged from the Tithe Map depiction.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 439 (Monograph). SDV337894.

'Thule' is recorded as 'Thuell' in 1609, and was the home of Henry de la Thivele in 1249 and Richard atte Thyvele in 1340.

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

Farmstead included in survey. Visited on 01/03/1992.

Grumley-Grennan, T. + Hardy, M., 2000, Gidleigh. A Dartmoor Village Past and Present, 113-117 (Monograph). SDV359347.

'Thule', 'Thowle' or 'Thuell', means 'tuft' or 'clump' in Old English. Originally the home of Henry and Richard de la Thivele (or atte Thyvele). Much of the present house was built around 1560. (Details of some of the owners/occupiers from 1745 until present day noted).
Thule was once one of the largest farms in the area, with over 120 acres of land. From the 1930s until 1985 William and Beatrice Walker owned the farm and operated it as a bed and breakfast guesthouse for several years. During the war, Beatrice offered accommodation to airmen suffering from burns and requiring plastic surgery.

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

Modern mapping shows the farm.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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. 439.
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.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #104610 ]
SDV359347Monograph: Grumley-Grennan, T. + Hardy, M.. 2000. Gidleigh. A Dartmoor Village Past and Present. Gidleigh. A Dartmoor Village Past and Present. Hardback Volume. 113-117.

Associated Monuments

MDV6178Parent of: Thule farmhouse, Gidleigh (Building)
MDV107208Related to: Glebe farm, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV77444Related to: Moortown farmstead, Gidleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 5 2016 12:00PM