MDE12509 - Medieval or post-medieval deserted farmstead north of Lyshwell (Monument)


A subrectangular enclosure terraced into the slope represents a deserted farmstead. A platform at its southwestern corner may represents the site of the domestic building.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

Full Description

Centred at SS 8368 3077 are the earthworks of a deserted farmstead. It is undocumented and consists of a subrectangular enclosure measuring 30 metres by 25 metres and terraced into the hillside by 2 metres on its upslope side. It is approached from the east by a terraced way. The enclosure has been badly disturbed and mutilated by cattle trampling when feeders were placed within it and by farm access across the enclosure. Nevertheless it is clearly divided with a platform area at its southwestern corner on which are some fragmentary scarps perhaps representing the site of the domestic building. This area is seperated from the rest of the enclosure by a terrace scarp 1.1 metres high which bisets the enclosure. To its north is the yard which is featureless except for a few ragged scarps. Surveyed at 1:500 scale. Full level 3 report in NMR archive. [1-3] The remains of a deserted farmstead of probable post-medieval date are visible as an earthwork bank defined subrectangular enclosure on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards. The farmstead is centred on circa SS 8368 3077 and appears to measure up to 28 by 32 metres, although this increase in size from that noted by [3] may be due to the extensive spreading of the enclosure banks. The internal features could not be defined on the aerial photographs with sufficient clarity to be transcribed. It may be associated with an extensive relict field system visible visible immediately to the east. [4-7] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Report: Wilson-North, R.. 1996. Lyshwell and Shircombe: Deserted Farmsteads and Field Systems . RCHME.
  • <2> Technical drawing: Wilson-North, R.. 1995. Lyshwell 2/ink survey . 1:500. Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 20 July 1995.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 106G/UK/1420 (F20) 3457-8 (15 April 1946).
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 540/860 (F20) 4123-4 (2 September 1952).
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS/8330/40 23342/12 (1 March 2004).
  • <7> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 SW. MD002197.
  • <8> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1033260, Extant 2 February 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO474
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SW33
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1033260



Grid reference Centred SS 8368 3076 (61m by 40m)
Map sheet SS83SW

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Record last edited

Feb 2 2022 1:59PM


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