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Devon - Land and Property

DRO pages on Tithe Records state that: "eventually, the Tithe Maps Online Project will make the digitized tithe maps available online free of charge through our website. In the meantime, we are also offering copies of the digitised tithe maps for sale on CD-Rom."

The Friends of Devon's Archives group has indexed the Devon tithe apportionments - and provide parish and name search facilities. In addition Scanned images of these tithe apportionments are made available by the Devon Tithe Maps Online Project.

The Tithe Maps of the East Devon AONB - a large set of high definition images, provided by the Parishscapes project.

The Country House Database (archived copy) - country houses from the late medieval period to ca. 1850, together with an index to occupiers.

British Listed Buildings (Devon section) - organised by parish, provides detailed descriptions of a large number of historic buildings throughout Devon.

Abstracts of Devon Feet of Fines (Land Conveyances) for 1369-1509, provided by Chris Phillips.

Devon Estate Records held by Kings College, Cambridge.

The Devon Rural Archive - "set up in February 2006 as part of The Fenwick Charitable Trust to provide a much needed resource for local historians, archaeologists and genealogists working in Devon."

Devon sections of Pat Johnson's Family Deeds website, and of Allan & Brenda Azzaro's Family Chest website, each of which provide free summary transcripts of old deeds and documents (the originals of which are available for purchase).

Thatch in Devon - from Devon County Council.

Photographs of Farms in Devon - in Wikimedia Commons.

Alcock, N.W. Devonshire Farm-Houses. Part II. Some Dartmoor Houses, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 101, (1969) pp.83-106. [Descriptions of long-houses in Doddiscombsleigh, Drewsteignton, Gidleigh and Lustleigh]
Alcock, N.W. and Laithwaite, Michael. Medieval houses in Devon and their modernisation, Medieval Archaeology, vol. 17, (1973) pp.100-25.
Beacham, Peter. Devon's heritage: Buildings and landscape : a collection of essays on the conservation of Devon's environment, County Planning Department, Devon County Council (1982) 27-28 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-0861143566]
Brown, Mike. Index. Dartmoor Tithe Apportionments, Vol. 8. The Dartmoor Press (c1997) 16p.
Carter, G E L. Borough English and burgage tenure. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 65 (1933). [Devon and the customs of land tenure, and the laws of inheritance from the Saxon to the early medieval period]
Davidson, J.B. Some Anglo-Saxon Boundaries, Now Deposited at the Albert Museum. Trans. Devon Assoc Vol. 8 (1876), pp. 396-419. [Index]
Davy, John Tanner. Davy's Devon Herd Book. London: Longman & Co. (1851) 147pp. [Index]
Gray, Todd. Harvest Failure in Cornwall and Devon [1623 and 1630-1]: The Book of Orders and the Corn Surveys (1992). [ISBN 0903686651] [Devon FHS Library 942.036]
Hooke, Delia. Pre-Conquest Charter-Bounds of Devon and Cornwall Univ of Rochester Press (1994) 265pp. [ISBN-10: 0851153542] ["Della Hooke uses the ancient charter-bounds to explore and explain the history of settlement and land use in the region. . . The book presents all the topographical detail in the charters, together with all the estate boundaries. Each charter is individually mapped and its landmarks are located as closely as possible."]
Jones, S.R. Devonshire Farmhouses III: Moorland and non-moorland long-houses, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 103, (1971) pp.35-75. [Detailed descriptions, drawings and photographs of long-houses in Harberton, Lydford, Modbury, Peter Tavy, Plymstock, Shaugh Prior, Walkhampton, Whitchurch and Yealmpton]
Kew, John. The disposal of crown lands and the Devon land market, 1536-58, Agricultural History Review, vol. 18, no. 1, (1970) pp.93-105. [Full text] [Index]
Knapman, David. Devon's Economy and Population at the Start of the 19th Century, Devon Family Historian, vol. 157, (2016) pp.8-9.
Lauder, Rosemary Anne. Vanished Houses of North Devon, R.A. Lauder (1981) 72 pp. [ISBN 0 950 792004] [Stevenstone, Annery, Dunsland, Yeo Vale, Winsiott House, and Eggesford]
Lauder, Rosemary. Vanished Houses of South Devon, North Devon Books (1997) 128 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-0952864592]
Perry, Roger. A Survey of Ash-Houses. Trans. Dev. Assoc, vol. 142, (2010). [SoG Library DE/PER]
Porter, J.N. Tenant Right: Devonshire and the 1880 Ground Game Act, Agricultural History Review, vol. 34, no. 2, (1986) p.188. [Index]
Pounds, N.G. (ed.) The Parliamentary Survey of the Duchy of Cornwall, Part 1, Devon and Cornwall Record Society (1982).
Pounds, N.G. (ed.) The Parliamentary Survey of the Duchy of Cornwall, Part 2, Devon and Cornwall Record Society (1984).
Reichel, O.J. (Ed.). Devon Feet of Fines, Vol 1: Richard I - Henry III (1196-1272), Exeter, Devon and Cornwall Record Society, Vol 7 (1912) 437 pp.
Reichel, O.J., Prideaux, F.B., and Tapley-Soper, H., (Ed.). Devon Feet of Fines, Vol 2: 1 Edward I - 43 Edward III (1272-1369), Exeter: Devon and Cornwall Record Society (1939) 494 pp.
Seinett, Guy A.C. An Investigation Into the Effects of Agricultural Depression on Farm Rents within specific Estates in the Coiunties of Devon, Dorset and Cornwall 1870-1941, (1995). [Devon R.O. Features the Duke of Bedford's Estates, Tavistock, Mid-Devon and North-Devon]
Vancouver, Charles. General View of the Agriculture of Devon: With Observations on the Means of its Improvement, Drawn up for the Consideration of the Board of Agriculture, Newton Abbot, David and Charles (1969) Folding map, plates, folding tables, xii + 479pp. [Originally published 1808] [Index]
White, Bonnie. Feeding the war effort: Agricultural experiences in First World War Devon.Agricultural History Review, (2010), 58(1), pp. 95-112. [Index]
Windeatt, Edward. First Report of the Committee to Obtain Information as to Peculiar Tenures of Land, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 12 (1880), pp. 152-157. [Index]
Windeatt, Edward. Second Report of the Committee to Obtain Information as to Peculiar Tenures of Land, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 13 (1881), pp. 102-105. [Index]
Windeatt, Edward. Fourth Report of the Committee to Obtain Information as to Peculiar Tenures of Land, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. Vol. 16 (1884), pp. 172-182. [Index]
Youings, Joyce. Devon Monastic lands: Calendar of Particulars for Grants, 1536-1558, Devon and Cornwall Record Society, No.1 (1955). [Devon FHS Library 942.3505]
Return of Owners of Land (1873). CD 0213-09, ArchiveCD (2001).