MDE14810 - Lower Twitchen Ball Farmstead, Twitchen (Monument)


The deserted post-medieval farmstead is evident as a collection of building foundations. Historic mapping shows three buildings, including a farmhouse, and a well.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The 1977 aerial photograph shows building remains in a small enclosure southwest of Wheatclose Cross. [1,2] A farmstead is shown on the Tithe Map for Twitchen. [3] The farmstead is labelled as Lower Twitchen Ball and shown as inhabited on the 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps. It includes three buildings, including a farmhouse, and a well. [4,5] The farm is not entered on the 1911 census. It was most likely abandoned between 1904 and 1911. [5-8] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAM/12/044 (May 1977).
  • <2> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7831a.
  • <3> Map: 1841. Twitchen Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1904, Devon 15(8).
  • <6> Website: DC Thomson. Various.; accessed 17 March 2009.
  • <7> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. Farmer at Eastern Farm, Twitchen.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field investigation, 4 January 1995.
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1097042, Extant 6 October 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 7902 3124 (151m by 40m)
Map sheet SS73SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 17872
  • Devon SMR: SS73SE/535
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20486
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO597
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 SE27
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1097042

Record last edited

Oct 6 2021 1:09PM


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