Cross the threshold of Higher Uppacott, Dartmoor National Park’s Grade 1 Listed longhouse, and step back in time to medieval Dartmoor as part of Heritage Open Days 2014. This year Dartmoor National Park has arranged a number of free visits to this unique building as its contribution to the national heritage celebration which runs from 11 to 14 September 2014.
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.
Through the support of Moor than meets the eye and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund a programme of physical works to preserve and enhance this historic building will be undertaken over the next 5 years. The project will also ensure visitors can develop a better understanding of the building and how it helps tell the story of medieval farming on Dartmoor. We will also work to set up a volunteer group for the building and increase the opportunities people have to visit it.
Join Dartmoor National Park to learn about the development of Higher Uppacott from its medieval beginnings through to the present day. There will be tours on Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September. These Heritage Open Days events have limited places so it is essential to pre-book your place on 01822 890414 or at the National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown.
Friday 12 September: Tour 1100-1300
Saturday 13 September: Tours 1030–1230 and 1400–1600
Sunday 14 September: Tours 1030–1230 and 1400–1600