The Dartmoor Village of National Historical Importance
in operation since 1999 at no cost to public funds.

Web-Master: Derek W Palmer

in the Dartmoor National Park


Home Page of the Lydford Web-Site

    • Addyman P V, "Excavations at Lydford, Devon: Third Interim Report"
      Archaeology Dept, Queen's University, Belfast (three pages, 1966)
    • Allan J, "The Anglo-Saxon Mint at Lydford",
      Rep. Trans. Devonshire Assoc. Advmt Sci. 134 (2002) 9-32
    • Allan J and Timms S, "Saxon Pennies of the Mints of Lydford and Totnes in the Exeter City Museum"
      in 'Treasures of Ancient Devon' (Devon Books, 1996) pages 30-31
    • Barber C, "Lydford & Brent Tor" (Obelisk Publications, Exeter, 2004), 32 pages
      including a variety of interesting b/w photographs: Price, approx 2.99
    • Barber C, "Railways On and Around Dartmoor", (Obelisk Publications, Exeter, 1997), 32 pages that
      include photographs and descriptions of the two railway systems that existed at and near Lydford

    • Bateman M (Canon), "Lydford Lives", 48 pages (Lydford Parochial Church Council, 1991).
    • Biddle M "Towns" in 'The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England' (1976, Wilson D M, Editor)
    • Browne W (William), "Lydford Journey", Poem of 1644, containing the words
            "I oft have heard of Lydford Law:
              How in the morn they hang and draw
              And sit in judgement after."
    • Campbell J, John E and Wormald P, "The Anglo-Saxons" (Phaidon 1982, Penguin 1991) 272 pages:
      full of information, excellently written and including many beautiful photographs of Anglo-Saxon jewellery,
      manuscripts etc and informative maps.
    • Department of the Environment: Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings,
      "Lydford Castle, Devonshire" (an 8-page leaflet, published by HMSO, 1964, 1977)

    • Devon Federation of Women's Institutes, "Lydford" in 'The Devon Village Book'
      (Countryside Books and D.F.W.I., 1990, reprinted 1994), pages 150-151
    • Gore, D, "The Vikings and Devon" (2001)
    • English Heritage, "Lydford Saxon Town and Castle: A Brief Guide" (1992)
      distributed by the Dartmoor National Park Authority:
      double-sided A4 leaflet, including map of Lydford and photograph of the Castle.
    • English Heritage ?, "Lydford History Trail", (date=?): an informative leaflet of four A4 pages.
    • English Heritage ?, "Lydford Village Historic Trail", (date=?):
      a leaflet of seven A4 pages including map of the Saxon Town and amusing sketches.

    • Garmonsway G N, "The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle" [translated into modern English]
      (Everyman's Library 1972, 1992), page 131
    • Gent T, "Excavations in Advance of an Extension to the Castle Inn, Lydford",
      Exeter Archaeology, Report 95.62 (1995)
    • Griffith F, "The Anglo-Saxon Burh at Lydford" in 'Devon's Past: An Aerial View'
      (Devon Books, 1988) page 68-69: text and a fine and very clear 1984 aerial photograph of Lydford.
    • Griffith F, "Powder Mills, Lydford" in 'Devon's Past: An Aerial View' (Devon Books, 1988) page 108,
      about the gunpowder factory near Cherrybrook in Lydford Parish: text & photograph.
    • Haslam J, "Anglo-Saxon Towns in Southern England" (1984)

    • Higham R A, "Public and Private Defence in the Medieaval South West Town, Castle and Fort"
      in 'Security and Defence in South-West England before 1800'
      (ESH 19, University of Exeter, 1987, edited by R A Higham) pages 27-50
    • Hill, D, "The Burghal Hidage: The Establishment of a Text" in Medieval Archaelogy XIII (1969) 84-92
    • Hoskins W G "Devon" (1972, 1978)
    • Lydford Parochial Church Council & Wans J "St Petrock's Church, Lydford" (LPCC 1983), 14 pages.
    • Maddicott J R "Trade, Industry and the Wealth of King Alfred" Past & Present 123 (1989) 3-51

    • Mitchell V and Smith K, "Southern Main Lines: Exeter to Tavistock" (Middleton Press, 1996), 96 pages
      of railway photographs with texts, maps and data, including of Lydford.
    • National Records, "The Burghal Hidage" (probably of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, about AD 880)
    • National Records,"The Domesday Book" (William the First, King of England, AD 1086)
    • Newman P, "The Town and Castle Earthworks at Lydford, Devon: Survey Report" 20 pages
      (English Heritage, 2000)
    • Nicholas J and Reeve G, "The Okehampton Line: The Southern Railway Route between Exeter,
      Tavistock & Plymouth" (Irwell Press, 2001), 236 pages containing many photographs incl. of Lydford

    • Ordnance Survey, First Edition (1882), Map at scale of 1:2500
    • Pegg J, "Discover the Church at Lydford" (publication journal and date not yet known),
      article, one A4 page
    • Radford C A R, "The Later Pre-Conquest Boroughs and Their Defences"
      Medieaval Archaeol. 14 (1970) pages 83-103
    • Radford G H (Mrs), "History of the Church at Lydford, with Some Account of Its Rectors",
      Trans. Devonshire Assoc. for the Advancement of Science, Literature and Art
      XXI (1889) pages 171-200
    • Radford G H, "Lydford Town", Trans. Devonshire Assoc. 37 (1905) 175-187

    • Sale R (text) and Chapman C (photographs), "Dartmoor: Official National Park Guide",
      (Dartmoor National Park, 2000), 112 pages.
    • Saunders A D "Lydford Castle, Devon", Medieaval Archaeol. 24 (1980) pages 123-164
    • Spooner G M and Russell F S (Editors), "Worth's Dartmoor" (1967, David & Charles Publishers)
      A detailed, reference presentation of the archaeology of Dartmoor, compiled from the published
      work of R Hansford Worth.
    • The National Trust, "Lydford Gorge" (National Trust Enterprises, 1993):
      an illustrated souvenir booklet of 32 pages.
    • Thorn C and Thorn F (Editors) "Domesday Book, Devon" (1985)

    • Thorpe G S (Rector of Lydford) "St Petrock's Church, Lydford, Dartmoor, Devon:
      The People's Heritage; Its History and Its Treasures"
      (Wheaton & Company, Exeter, 1933: printed for presentation),
      323 pages including reflections on many religious saints and personalities.
    • Timms S, "The Royal Town of Lydford" in Devon Archaeology No.3, (Dartmoor Issue)
      (Devon Archeaological Society, 1985) pages 19-23. Concerning the Viking threat to Anglo-Saxon England
      and Lydford as a defensive burh, the article states "We know that Lydford served its purpose, for in 997
      it repulsed an attack by the Danes, who went on to sack Tavistock Abbey.
      ". Note that this well-respected
      historian says "repulsed"; other articles have strongly implied that the Danish attack against Lydford was successful.
    • Todd M, "South-West to AD1000" (1987)
    • Weddell P J, "Excavations at Southgate Cottages, Lydford"
      Devon Archeaological Society Proceedings No. 39 (1981) pages 119-140
    • Weeks B et al "The Book of Lydford" (containing more than 300 historic photographs, maps etc)
      Publication Date: November 2004; 19.95 in A4-sized hardback of 160 pages.
      Web-Site: Halsgrove Publishers, Tiverton       E-Mail to Halsgrove

    • Wilson D "The Anglo Saxons", 184 pages (Thames & Hudson 1960; Rev.Edn, Pelican/Penguin 1971).
    • Wilson D M and Hurst D G, "Medieval Britain" in Medieval Archaelogy (1964 - 1968)
    • Wootton M & S, "The Little Book of Lydford: Facts and Legends" (Caradon Printers, Callington,
      Cornwall 1970, 1972, 1981) 32 pages of text and photgraphs.
    • Worth R N, "Lydford and its Castle", Trans. Devonshire Assoc. 6 (1879) 282-302.

    I express my thanks to Mrs Barbara Weeks and to Mrs Mary Barkell respectively
    for informing me about the books listed above concerning Lydford Church and concerning the railways.

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