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HER Number:MDV80005
Name:Granary, Higher Headborough Farm, Ashburton


Early or mid-19th century granary, Higher Headborough Farm, Ashburton. Square, timber-framed building with pyramidal roof to the south-east of the farmhouse, rebuilt sometime in the 20th century, covering the walls and roof with corrugated iron. The granary is raised on beams that replaced the original brick piers or staddles.


Grid Reference:SX 749 702
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 376070

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GRANARY (Constructed, XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1875 AD (Between))

Full description

1840, Tithe Map (Cartographic). SDV339770.

Granary shown on the 1840 Tithe Map.

Brown, S., 2006, Higher Headborough Farm, Ashburton; archaeological recording of granary, 3 (Report - Survey). SDV347209.

Small, late 18th or early 19th century timber-framed granary, substantially rebuilt in the 20th century, although the pyramidal roof structure remains. The granary is square in plan, raised above ground level on beams supported by low stone walls which likely replaced an original arrangement of nine brick piers or ‘staddles’. One brick pier survives. The flight of stone steps up to the door have been repaired sometime in the later 20th century using concrete block and cement infill. The lowest granite step is likely to be original.
Granaries of this type are associated with the introduction of mechanised threshing in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, which produced larger volumes of grain more quickly than the manual process, requiring a separate building to be used as a store. The raised position of the structures is intended to deter vermin.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

English Heritage, 2011, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV347072.

Former granary. Early or mid 19th century (1840 or earlier). A light, square timber-framed building with a pyramidal roof, the whole now covered in corrugated iron. Stands on a low stone rubble plinth and is approached by a flight of stone steps. Other details: Listed Building number: 376070.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV339770Cartographic: 1840. Tithe Map. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #106806 ]
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV347209Report - Survey: Brown, S.. 2006. Higher Headborough Farm, Ashburton; archaeological recording of granary. Stewart Brown Associates Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 3.

Associated Monuments

MDV77080Part of: Higher Headborough, Ashburton (Monument)
MDV23312Related to: Barn at Higher Headborough Farm, Ashburton (Building)
MDV29214Related to: Higher Headborough Farmhouse, Ashburton (Building)
MDV90468Related to: Linhay 20 metres north-west of Higher Headborough Farm (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5038 - Recording of the granary at Higher Headborough, Ashburton

Date Last Edited:Jun 9 2016 12:03PM