Higher Uppacott

It was great to see and welcome so many people visiting Higher Uppacott over the Heritage Open Day events held in September. It was a great opportunity to come along and find out more about this important medieval building.

A big thank you to our guides for their enthusiasm and expertise in showing everyone around. The Heritage open day events are now over for another year but if you missed the opportunity to visit don’t worry. The next guided tour will be on Sunday 12th October.

Join a Guided Visit – enjoy a two-hour tour around the house and its grounds in the company of a knowledgeable guide.

  • Sunday 12 October 2014
    due to demand an extra visit to Higher Uppacott has been added in the afternoon starting at 1:30pm
  • Saturday 24 January 2015
  • Sunday 1 March 2015

Prices: Adult £5, Child (14 and under): Free – please note these visits are more suited to children 8+.
Times: 10:30 – 12:30
How to book: Please telephone the National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown on 01822 890414 to book your place. Alternativley email visit@dartmoor.gov.uk

Please be aware when booking that there are several steps, low beams and uneven floors within the longhouse.

In other Uppacott news

Our conservation architect, Jonathan Rhind is preparing Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent applications for submission to DNPA in December.  Suitable alterations based on an earlier  feasibility study and vision for Higher Uppacott to improve parking, access and presentation of the grade I listed longhouse are being developed into informed practical works, whilst our recently established bat roost of Lesser Horseshoe bats will be carefully managed and protected in the coming years.  MTMTE works at Higher Uppacott are due to commence in earnest about Spring next year and completed during 2016.

In the meantime, the need for repairs to external stone walls at Higher Uppacott, like the remains of the former barn has resulted in English Heritage support and advice in the use of hot lime mortars.  Whist once a common mortar type in use over hundreds of years until more recent times, this traditional lime mortar technique combining quicklime with local subsoil, in our case growan, is being re-established at Higher Uppacott following use in various locations nationally.  The use of traditional hot lime mortars has already precipitated some local interest and we hope to make available more information on this subject during the course of next year.


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