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HER Number:MDV80704
Name:Ruins at Emsworthy Farm, Ilsington


Ruins of a dwelling and animal enclosure at Emsworthy Farm, Ilsington. Fragmentary remains to the south of the surviving buildings that comprise part of a formerly square building with fireplace which may have been a bakehouse cottage dating to the mid 16th century and the remains of a probable mid-late 19th century sheepfold that has reused the dwelling remains at its eastern end.


Grid Reference:SX 745 765
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOUSE (XVI to XIX - 1550 AD to 1870 AD (Between))

Full description

1840, Tithe Map (Cartographic). SDV339770.

On the Tithe Map the building is shown as being approximately square and as coloured pink which usually indicates a dwelling of some sort.

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

The late 19th century historic map depicts the fold and shows no sign of the former building.

Thorp, J. R. L., 2006, Emsworthy, Ilsington, 18-20 (Report - Survey). SDV347823.

Fragmentary remains of a second dwelling are located at the south of the site, aligned east-west, like the longhouse (PRN 80702). By the late 19th century depiction on historic maps, the original dwelling had been altered to form the eastern end of an enclosure, or fold. The dwelling shows evidence of a fireplace in its eastern wall with monolithic jambs. The remaining walls are not high enough to indicate the presence of any original doorways or windows. This structure probably dates to after the mid 16th century. If it is depicted on the Tithe Map it is as a small square structure coloured pink; probably a one-room plan building which could have been a detached bakehouse cottage.
The fold is just over 16.0 meters long and between 4.6-7.25 meters wide and had eastern and western gateways at the northern side, at either end of the existing barn. The fold appears on the late 19th century historic maps and appears to have been used for sheep, judging by the width of the entrance gateways.

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

The outline of the ruins of this house/farm building is indicated on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV339770Cartographic: 1840. Tithe Map. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #107493 ]
SDV347823Report - Survey: Thorp, J. R. L.. 2006. Emsworthy, Ilsington. Keystone Historic Buildings Consultants Report. K718. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 18-20.

Associated Monuments

MDV22815Part of: Emsworthy Farmstead, Ilsington (Monument)
MDV80708Related to: Barn at Emsworthy, Ilsington (Building)
MDV66278Related to: Gateposts at Emsworthy, Ilsington (Monument)
MDV80702Related to: Longhouse at Emsworthy Farm, Ilsington (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5287 - Survey of Emsworthy Farm, Ilsington

Date Last Edited:Feb 16 2018 4:34PM