Widecombe History Group Pig-House and Memorial Garden Project

Outside the Church House circa 1910

Widecombe History Group - Pig-House and Memorial Garden Project

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Old Pig-House Before Restoration

Thanks to the generosity of the current owners, the History Group are acquiring the old pig-house site close to the village centre. We are raising funds for a project to restore this pig-house which is located on the south side of the village close to the Saxon Well, and turn the adjacent ground into a small, tranquil memorial garden for local people and visitors to use for reflection and enjoyment.

The site will include a noticeboard that will be used to house interpretation panels as well as local information that will include: flora and fauna, rural skills, village history etc. We will use the pig-house to house artefacts and the interior will be viewable through clear acrylic panels. There will also be an interpretation panel telling the story of village pig-houses.

The garden will have a central paved area with seating and planting around. It will be accessed from the road across a small stream crossing and through a stock-proof two-way gate. The whole site will be designed to be accessible to all, including mobility users.

The site is strategically placed close to the road and within the village conservation area. The pig-house is an important part of the village landscape. There was a time when every household had its pig kept nearby, and preserving this pig-house, one of very few left in Widecombe, will help keep this memory alive. Restoring it and the surrounding land will also provide a valuable additional space for public use.

An 1889 Robert Burnard glass-plate photograph that includes the pig-house can be viewed on the Dartmoor Archive website

If you have any comments then please Send an email to the Widecombe History Group.

If you wish, you can donate to this project via PayPal by using the following link:

The following picture from the Widecombe Tithe Map (1842) shows the pig-house in its village setting.

Section of Tithe Map Showing Pig-House

It is also marked on the village map:

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