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HER Number:MDV92927
Name:Rora farmstead, Ilsington


Farmstead appears to have mid-13th century origins, according to the documentary sources. The historic maps indicate changes in a number of buildings since the mid-19th century. Farmhouse is largely 16th century or earlier.


Grid Reference:SX 801 743
Map Sheet:SX87SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XIII to XIV - 1230 AD to 1399 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Rora is depicted on the Tithe Map. 248 on Apportionment (House and road), with associated plots, gardens, orchards etc.
Tithe map shows a building adjoining the farmhouse at right angles, which is not shown on later maps, as well as associated buildings on the south and eastern sides of the farmyard.

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

The late 19th century depiction of the farmstead shows that the building adjoining the farmhouse at right angles, facing east, has already gone. Several of the farm buildings are still in existence, including buildings to the east of the farmyard and also along the southern edge of the yard.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 477 (Monograph). SDV337894.

Rora is probably identical with 'la Hore' (1230 Pipe Rolls and 1238 Assize Rolls), indicating at least mid-13th century origins for this farmstead.

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

Rora farmstead.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Depicted on the modern mapping. There have been a number of significant changes to this farmstead, when comparing with the Tithe Map. Only farmhouse and two of the buildings to the east, across the farmyard are still depicted. Map object partly based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337894Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1932. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. IX. A5 Hardback. 477.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital. [Mapped feature: #109617 ]
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Rora.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV37260Parent of: Rora farmhouse, Ilsington (Building)
MDV106390Related to: Rora House, Ilsington (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 12 2021 10:19AM