MDE20487 - Higher Twitchen Ball Farmstead, Twitchen (Monument)


A farmstead is shown on historic mapping but was abandoned in the 20th Century and is now ruinous.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Building remains associated with small enclosures and trackways were noted on aerial photographs. Site of farm buildings or a farm site itself. [1,2] Higher Twitchen Ball is marked on the six inch 1905 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map. [3] The deserted farmstead of Higher Twitchen Ball, Twitchen consists of a rectangular range measuring 20.1m. It has been partly robbed for stone and has been damaged by the insertion of animal feeders. It is divided into a number of compartments with the domestic area at the west end. The settlement is shown as inhabited on the first and second edition Ordnance Survey maps of 1891 and 1904, and is recorded on the 1911 census, suggesting it was abandoned after 1911. [4-9] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [10]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAM/12/043 (May 1977).
  • <2> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7832C.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1892-1906. County Series, 2nd Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1905.
  • <4>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1891. [Mapped feature: #47557 ]
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1904.
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. Pers comm farmer at Eastern Farm, Twitchen.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAL 76049 204 (26 June 1976).
  • <8> Website: DC Thomson. Various. Originally, 1911 Census, accessed 17 March 2009.
  • <9> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 4 January 1995.
  • <10> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1097046, Extant 28 September 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 7851 3221 (79m by 114m)
Map sheet SS73SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 17873
  • Devon SMR: SS73SE/536
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE14811
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO598
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 87 SE28
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1097046

Record last edited

Sep 28 2021 3:25PM


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