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HER Number:MDV77809
Name:Higher Kingsett farm, Mary Tavy


Farmstead may date to the middle ages, based on documentary evidence. Depicted on the Tithe Map, little remains of the 19th century buildings, including the farmhouse, which lies in ruins.


Grid Reference:SX 512 804
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMary Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XVIII to XIX - 1750 AD to 1840 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Kingset on the Tithe Map (176 on the apportionment) comprises a rectangular farmhouse (aligned east-west), two farm buildings to the south.

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

The late 19th century historic map shows the farmhouse and one of the buildings shown on the Tithe Map remain, with further additions to the north of the farm.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 201 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Kingsett is mentioned in different documents throughout the Middle Ages and spelt in various ways. This name is found again in Widecombe and Walkhampton. All three places are situated on or below prominent hills and it is likely that they were originally hill-names, 'king's seat' signifying perhaps a lofty spot. 'Kyngsete' in 1417, 'Kyngesset' in 1478, 'Kingsett' in 1648.

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

Farmstead included in survey. Visited on 04/12/1996.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

The ruins of the old farmhouse are depicted on the modern mapping and some indication of other ruined farm buildings is made. A new dwelling has been constructed to the south-west of the farm and a number of modern buildings dominate the site.

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. 201.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #104735 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV12861Parent of: Old farmhouse, Higher Kingsett (Building)
MDV40646Related to: Lower Kingsett Farm, Mary Tavy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 21 2016 4:01PM