Site Event/Activity record EEM14292 - 2014: TS - Ashcombe



Hazel Riley


March 2014


A metric survey of the historic landscape features at White Rock Cottage and the south part of Ashcombe has recorded the remains of John Knight’s designed landscape associated with Simonsbath House. Some of the features may date from 17th and 18th centuries when Simonsbath Farm was the only documented settlement on Exmoor Forest. Two of the gardens mentioned in documents of the 1830s have been located: the layout of the Garden by the River is clear and many garden features are evident; part of White Rock Garden also survives. White Rock Cottage, the Tool Shed and the Grotto were part of this designed landscape and formed a focal point for both the Garden by the River and for White Rock Garden, which were both approached by terraced walks and paths from Simonsbath House. The terraced walks in Ashcombe were part of John Knight’s original plan for a formal landscape setting for Simonsbath House. They may also have provided the opportunity to enjoy views of the wider Exmoor landscape around Simonsbath.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Report: Riley, H.. 2014. Metric survey of part of John Knight's gardens and pleasure grounds, Ashcombe, Simonsbath.
  • <2> Archive: Historic England. 2016. NRHE to HER prototype website test. 1588469.
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1588469, Extant 6 July 2016.



Location Ashcombe, Simonsbath
Grid reference Centred SS 7734 3942 (228m by 240m) (MasterMap)
Map sheet SS73NE

Related Monuments/Buildings (5)

  • Ashcombe garden and plantation (Monument)
  • Garden by the River, Ashcombe, Simonsbath (Monument)
  • Medieval or post-medieval bank and terraced track, Ashcombe (Monument)
  • Post-medieval leat at Ashcombe (Monument)
  • White Rock Garden, Ashcombe, Simonsbath (Monument)

Record last edited

May 11 2021 12:13PM