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HER Number:MDV80783
Name:Peter Tavy Inn


Dates to at least the 17th century, although may be 15th century, according to one source. Originally a farm cottage and blacksmith's shop, inn was extended and altered in 19th century. The famous escapee, Frank 'Axeman' Mitchell is said to have stayed here, his bills paid by one of the notorious Kray twins.


Grid Reference:SX 512 777
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 92815

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INN (Constructed, XVI to XVII - 1600 AD? to 1699 AD (Between))

Full description

Quick, T., 1992, Dartmoor Inns, 78-9 (Monograph). SDV359976.

Dating from the 15th century, the Peter Tavy Inn developed from a farm cottage and a blacksmith's shop. The latter is now the serving bar and in one corner of it, in the ceiling, used to be a trap door leading to the bedroom above. Frank 'Axeman' Mitchell, the only man to escape from Princetown prison without recapture, is said to have stayed here, with his bills paid by one of the notorious Kray Twins.

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

'Peter Tavy Inn' is depicted on the modern mapping.

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

17th century inn extended and altered in 19th century. Plastered stone rubble walls. Slate roof hipped to left end, gabled to right. Three rendered stacks; rubble lateral stack at rear, brick shaft on rubble base at right gable end and axial brick shaft.
Plan: originally two rooms probably with central passage; left-hand room heated by rear lateral fireplace, right-hand room by gable fireplace. Probably in the 19th century the house was extended by one small room to the left with a small one storey wing built in front of it in late 19th/early 20th centuries.
Exterior: Two storeys. Asymmetrical four window front of 20th century small-paned 1 and 2 light casements except for ground floor left-hand window which is original 3-light granite mullion. At centre is original chamfered granite doorway with segmental arch. 19th century heavy plank door. Single storey gabled wing projects from left-hand end. Low range of 19th to 20th century outbuildings projects from right-hand end.
Interior: left-hand room has rebuilt granite fireplace with cambered arch of granite voussoirs. Very insubstantial closely-spaced and wany beams, which are chamfered (Listed 1967). Other details: LB UID: 92815.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #107571 ]
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV359976Monograph: Quick, T.. 1992. Dartmoor Inns. Dartmoor Inns. Paperback Volume. 78-9.

Associated Monuments

MDV122927Related to: Shula, Peter Tavy (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 11 2018 4:03PM