MDE13263 - Darlick Farmstead, North Molton (Monument)


The settlement of Darlick is first mentioned in 1651 and appears on later maps. The site is visible as a rectangular enclosure, with remains of buildings and platforms. The house is a ruinous stone built rectangular structure.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The settlement of 'Darlock' is first mentioned in the 1651 Survey of Exmoor. [1] A farmstead named 'Darlick' appears on historic mapping. [2-5] The date of its desertion is uncertain. The settlement now takes the form of a rectangular enclosure measuring approximately 50 metres by 40 metres. There are remains of buildings and platforms and a linear earthwork, which may have carried water from a spring to the site. The house is a ruinous stone built rectangular structure measuring 10.6 metres by 4.9 metres, and is dominated by the western gable end and chimney stack, which remains standing to its full height. [6] Two intact farm buildings are visible on 1947 aerial photography at the Darlick Moors farm site. [7-8] The infield and platforms described above, as well as the ruined building, are visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks. The date of desertion is uncertain, but as a census return for the property from 1911 exists, it must have been after this date. [10-12] The 2020 MasterMap data labels the site "Darlick" and records a rectangular unroofed structure, together with other features on the site. [15] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [16]

Sources/Archives (16)

  • <1> Monograph: MacDermot, E.T.. 1911. The History of the Forest of Exmoor. Barnicott and Pearce, The Wessex Press. 300.
  • <2> Map: 1841. North Molton Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <3>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890, Somerset 56(5). [Mapped feature: #37778 ]
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1904, Somerset 56(5).
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1892-1906. County Series, 2nd Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 15NE.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Chapman, H.P.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 12 January 1995.
  • <7> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7733a.
  • <8> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. CPE/UK/1980 3374 (April 1947).
  • <9> Aerial photograph: Meridian Air Maps. 1977-1978. Infrared False Colour Aerial Photography. 12/055 (May 1977).
  • <10> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 543/2821 (F61) 248-249 (27 April 1964).
  • <11> Website: DC Thomson. Various. 2009, 1911 Census (, accessed 17 March 2009.
  • <12> Archive: English Heritage. 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 SE. MD002195. KT Toms, 17 March 2009.
  • <13> Unpublished document: Webber, P. + Tapper, H.. 2010. Desertions in North Molton Parish.
  • <14> Artwork: Brayne, J.. 2000. Reconstruction Drawings for 'The Field Archaeology of Exmoor'. Darlick farmhouse.
  • <15> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500.
  • <16> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1053787, Extant 6 October 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 17871
  • Devon SMR: SS73SE/534
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 SE40
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1053787



Grid reference Centred SS 7778 3339 (51m by 37m) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS73SE

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Record last edited

Oct 6 2021 2:17PM


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