MDE13277 - Shortacombe Farmstead, North Molton (Monument)
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Type and Period (3)
- None recorded
The site is shown as a clear plot on the Tithe Map for North Molton.  The remains of a deserted post medieval farmstead is marked Shortacombe on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map.  The settlement is shown as inhabited on the Second Edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting it was abandoned in the early 20th century.  The settlement at Shortacombe is on the site of a medieval farmstead mentioned in a document of 1330.  The 1947 aerial photography shows the farm to be intact, yet by 1977 the farm was in ruins. [5-7] The remains of a deserted post-medieval farmstead, marked Shortacombe on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map of 1891 . Pieces of foundations and walling of the farmhouse are visible with window fittings and joists scattered around the site. The walls have a maximum height of 1.9m and are best preserved in the south-eastern area. The threshing barn is still extant. The settlement is shown as inhabited on the second edition map of 1904 , suggesting it was abandoned in the early 20th century  The deserted settlement at Shortacombe is clearly visible on aerial photographs examined as part of the Exmoor National Park National Mapping Programme. In addition to the ruined buildings, field boundaries and a water meadow system are also visible. The 1911 census shows that Shortacombe, North Molton, was inhabited in 1911, indicating it was abandoned after this date. [10-12] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. 
- <1> SEM7405 Map: 1841. North Molton Tithe Map and Apportionment.
- <2> SEM6703 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890, Devon 15(3).
- <3> SEM7190 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1905, Devon 15(3).
- <4> SDE69592 Article in serial: Annett, N.. 1976. North Molton: The pre-census population. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 108. P.72.
- <5> SEM7408 Aerial photograph: Meridian Air Maps. 1977-1978. Infrared False Colour Aerial Photography. MAM/12/088 (May 1977).
- <6> SEM6707 Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF/CPE/UK/1980.4373 (April 1947).
- <7> SEM7406 Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7633d.
- <8> SEM7060 Report: McDonnell, R.. 1985. Recommendations for the Management of Archaeological Sites in the Exmoor National Park at Warren, Pinford, Tom's Hill and Hayes Allotment. P.65 (site 77).
- <9> SMO7304 Unpublished document: Chapman, H.P.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 4 January 1995.
- <10> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72314 709-10. 17/04/1973.
- <11> SEM7742 Website: 2009. 1911 Census.
- <12>XY SMO7578 Archive: English Heritage. 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 SE. MD002195. 2009. [Mapped feature: #47563 ]
- <13> SEM7987 Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1053924, Extant 4 October 2021.
External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1053924 (Pastscape entry: 1053924)
- Devon SMR Monument ID: 15582
- Devon SMR Monument ID: 54326
- Devon SMR Monument ID: 60645
- Devon SMR: SS73SE/515
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20423
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MEM22081
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO521
- Local List Status (Unassessed)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 SE54
- NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1053924
|Grid reference||Centred SS 7665 3401 (324m by 190m) Enhanced using data from SEM6703|
|Civil Parish||NORTH MOLTON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
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Record last edited
Oct 4 2021 5:07PM
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