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HER Number:MDV77931
Name:Higher Wapsworthy farm, Peter Tavy


Settlement at Wapsworthy dates to at least the 13th century, based on documentary evidence, although it is not clear exactly when Higher Wapsworthy was established in its current form. The Tithe Map shows site as 'Waspbury' with a farmhouse at the south, but the apportionment lists it as 'Wapsworthy'. The modern house appears to date from the mid-late 19th century, according to the historic maps.


Grid Reference:SX 537 800
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XIV to XVIII - 1320 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Not shown on the Tithe Mosaic.

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

The late 19th century map shows a fourth building has been constructed to the northern side of the yard. Farmstead is known now as 'Wapsworthy'.
At this time, it seems likely that the western building is now being used as the farmhouse; the map shows an enclosed area (a likely garden) to the west, a porch on the eastern side and a small outbuilding just to the south. The dwelling shown on the Tithe Map appears to have been replaced with a smaller square structure, with a shed or outbuilding at the eastern end.

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

As the late 19th century map, except the garden to the rear (west) of the house has changed shape and is now rectangular.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 232 (Monograph). SDV1312.

'Wapsworthy' is 'Werbricheswurdh' in 1230 document, 'Werbrightewrthy' in 1238, 'Werbriteswurth' in 1244, 'Warbritteswurth' in 1244, 'Werbrightesworthy' in 1394, 'Warpisworthy' and 'Werpysworthy' in 1514.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Aerial photograph appears to show the buildings on the southern side of the yard (where the old farmhouse stood in the early 19th century) to be in ruins.

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

Farmstead included in survey. Visited on 03/02/1995.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2006, Scanned sections of the Dartmoor Tithe Maps (farmsteads and settlements) (Cartographic). SDV357646.

'Waspbury' is depicted on the Tithe Map; labelled as 87. Could not be located on the Peter Tavy apportionment as it has been included on the Tavistock apportionment. 'Wapsworthy' 87 ('house and yard'), with a mowhay to the west (88).
The map shows three buildings around a yard, on the east, south and west sides. The building on the south side is shown to be the dwelling; it is a large rectangular structure.

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

The modern mapping shows no sign remaining of any buildings at the south of the farm. Also, the house has been extended in size to the south - now twice the size shown on the historic maps.
Farm buildings have also increased in size.
Polygon includes the original buildings (or parts thereof) shown on the historic maps.

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. 232.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (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.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #104849 ]
SDV357646Cartographic: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2006. Scanned sections of the Dartmoor Tithe Maps (farmsteads and settlements). Tithe Map. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV3200Parent of: Ruined longhouse at Wapsworthy (Building)
MDV108868Related to: Lower Wapsworthy Farm, Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV3178Related to: Lower Wapsworthy Farmhouse (Building)
MDV12856Related to: Ruined longhouse at Wapsworthy (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 6 2016 11:37AM