Principal Archaeological Landscape: Badgworthy (9)

Authority Exmoor National Park Authority
Date assigned 01 January 2011
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Location The PAL is situated within the valley of Badgworthy Water in an area of remote moorland at the southern edge of Brendon parish. It stretches onto Badgworthy Hill at its southern end and Badgworthy Lees at its northern end. Description of Archaeology The PAL contains the finest deserted medieval village on Exmoor, comprising remains of around 14 medieval buildings. On the spurs and hillside around the settlement are the extensive and complete remains of an infield and outfield system. The settlement was used by R.D. Blackmore, the author of Lorna Doone, as the inspiration for his Doone Village. Principal significance The PAL contains one of the best pieces of undisturbed medieval landscape in south west England. Its completeness and quality of preservation are its reason for designation as a PAL. Its association with the iconic Exmoor novel Lorna Doone further increases its significance.

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Grid reference Centred SS 7897 4431 (1267m by 1234m)
Map sheet SS74SE

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