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HER Number:MDV8816
Name:Blissmoor Longhouse and Enclosures


Blissmoor Medieval longhouse and associated enclosures to the south of the later Blissmoor farmstead


Grid Reference:SX 737 802
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Wallilng remains of Blissmoor medieval longhouse and associated enclosures

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 445692
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SW/84
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX78SW52
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LONGHOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 483 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Blissmoor was first mentioned 'Blissmore' as in 1622.

Royal Air Force, 1961, 58/4424, F43.0110/25 (Aerial Photograph). SDV280247.

Linehan, C. D., 1965, Deserted Sites on Dartmoor, Devon, 173 (Article in Serial). SDV217992.

Longhouse with cross passage and upper room, with croft. Four other buildings.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1965 - 1968, SX78SW52 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346397.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

Deserted Medieval site at Blissmore of hayne Down of five buildings and enclosures. Other details: Table 2.

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 6 (Un-published). SDV150434.

Site visited on 12th May 1967. A longhouse, probably cross-passage with croft and small enclosure, with one distant outbuilding. Much turfed over and eroded. Some trace of other outbuildings or walls, too indistinct to plan. Other details: Plan.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX78SW (Cartographic). SDV346261.

Vegetation mark with the appearance of the remains of a longhouse and attached enclosures visible on aerial photographs.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 155 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Blissmoor longhouse in a sheltered hollow at the base of a hill on the edge of a large expanse of bog. An internal cross-wall separates off an inner room reducing the length of 15.5 metres by 4 metres. The width of 3.5 metres makes an easy roof span. A walled passageway to the east of the building leads to the entrance with possibly a second entrance in the opposite wall opening into a small enclosure. There are no outer fields so the livestock must have grazed freely over the surrounding moorland. Other details: Map 21, Site 5, Figure 21.3.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

Blissmoor longhouse was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 85.

Gerrard, S., 2006, Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites (Cartographic). SDV345607.

Extent of feature shown. Map object based on this Source.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Map object based on this Source.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 445692 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346398.

A deserted Medieval site possibly known as Blissmoor consisting of five buildings and enclosures.

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

Blissmoor Cripdon Down a longhouse.

National Monuments Record, 23/04/1980, SF1748, 210 (Aerial Photograph). SDV279663.

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. 483.
SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 6.
SDV217992Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1965. Deserted Sites on Dartmoor, Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 97. A5 Hardback. 173.
SDV279663Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 23/04/1980. SF1748. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 210.
SDV280247Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1961. 58/4424. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). F43.0110/25.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 155.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV346261Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX78SW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV346397Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1965 - 1968. SX78SW52. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346398National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 445692. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Blissmoor Cripdon Down.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 20 2016 2:04PM