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HER Number:MDV7952
Name:Cuttleford Farmstead, South Brent


Site of Cuttleford farmstead shown on 19th century maps. Cuttleford was mentioned in documents from the 13th century. It is listed in the mid 19th century Tithe Map Apportionment as 'Cuddleford'.


Grid Reference:SX 711 622
Map Sheet:SX76SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX76SW59
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1572782
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76SW/23
  • Pastscape: 1572782

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Two rectangular buildings shown on 19th century Tithe Map in an irregular shaped yard. The Apportionment for 'Cuddleford' lists Field Number 2352 as 'Dwelling House other Buildings Yard & C' and Field Number 2353 as 'Garden'.

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

'Cuttleford' shown on 19th century map as a group of three buildings in a U-shape around a rectilinear yard with a rectangular building to the south-east and several small enclosures.

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

Cuttleford shown on early 20th century map with only the most northerly building remaining.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 291 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Cuttleford was mentioned as 'Cotelaforde' in 1297 and 'Coteleford' in 1333.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs, 2494 3040-1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Photograph taken on 11th March 1948.

Robinson, R., 1977, Worksheet (Worksheet). SDV164785.

14/02/1977. This is the site of Cuttleford, an abandoned farmstead. The place name first appears in the 13th century with further documentary evidence in the 18th century. It survived into the middle of this century with the tenement surviving until the fields were opened up for ploughing. A field worker noticed two more possible barrows are in the same field, the other to the north-east under grass.
21/3/1977. The farmer intends to continue planting the field. It is likely that the better preserved barrow will be grassed over and left untouched but the one mentioned above will probably continue to be ploughed.

Robinson, R., 1977-1979, South Brent Parish Checklist Worksheets, Pages 563-4 of 821, sketch plan (Worksheet). SDV340722.

Cuttleford. There is no trace of this farm site except for a length of barn wall preserved in a field bank. Otherwise the field in whose corner it lay is ploughed out to the corner. Until about 1970 this corner was a small rectangle of scrub and bracken with irregularities in the ground. On the current Ordnance Survey 6 inch map the farm courts and yards are still shown in an area of orchard with one surviving barn (whose wall is still preserved) against the north side. The site is Saxon. The origin of the name is from a derivative of the Old English personal name Cotta. Field walking has produced a dense concentration of pottery sherds in this corner dating from the Medieval period to the late 19th century. The name of Cuttleford crops up through the centuries as an established farm. It may originally have been one of the four villein farms of the Manor of Harbourneford.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

A small area enclosed by a wall visible on the Royl Air Force 1948 aerial photograph This area is in the north-east corner of the field. There are no banks visible within in this walled area, but there are the earthworks which may be related to this.

White, P., 2013, Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads, Cuttleford (Un-published). SDV352501.

Cuttleford the site of a former steading.

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

Not present on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021-2022, NRHE to HER website (Website). SDV364039.

Farm abandoned early in the 20th century. Pottery from the Saxon period onwards has been found indicating the farmstead's longevity (citing Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology 8, 1980, pp.46 and 85).

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. 291.
SDV164785Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1977. Worksheet.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #106319 ]
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV340722Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1977-1979. South Brent Parish Checklist Worksheets. South Brent Parish Checklist. Worksheet. Pages 563-4 of 821, sketch plan.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). 2494 3040-1.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Cuttleford.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364039Website: Historic England. 2021-2022. NRHE to HER website. https://nrhe-to-her.esdm.co.uk/NRHE. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV13677Related to: Medieval field system, Harbourneford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 23 2021 12:50PM