Free visits to Dartmoor longhouse as part of Heritage Open Days

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 3:28pm

Cross the threshold of Higher Uppacott, Dartmoor National Park Authority's Grade 1 Listed longhouse, and step back in time to Medieval Dartmoor as part of Heritage Open Days 2013. This year Dartmoor National Park Authority has arranged a number of free visits to this unique building as its contribution to the national heritage celebration which runs from 12 to 15 September 2013.

A longhouse is a medieval farmhouse in which both people and cattle were accommodated under a single roof. Higher Uppacott is rare and of national importance. It is one of the few remaining examples of this historic building type, which has retained its lower or shippon end (cattle shelter) in its original state.

Join Dartmoor National Park Authority specialist staff for this rare opportunity and learn about the development of Higher Uppacott from its medieval beginnings through to the present day. There will be two tours on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September. Heritage Open Days events only have limited places so it is essential to pre-book your place on 01822 890414 or at the National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown.

Saturday 14 September, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm

Sunday 15 September, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm

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Heritage Open Days, co-ordinated by English Heritage, aim to give people the opportunity to visit and enjoy England's wonderfully diverse architectural and cultural heritage. Thousands of events take place across the country and give people a chance to visit sites and buildings which are not usually open to the public or that normally charge admission, and all for free!

Dartmoor National Park Authority has published Higher Uppacott: The evolution of a medieval Dartmoor Longhouse. This full colour booklet with a foreword by Dr Ian Mortimer, author of the best selling A Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England, tells the fascinating story of Higher Uppacott from its medieval beginnings through the 16th and 17th centuries to the present day. The booklet can be purchased at any Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre.

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