MDE20527 - Neals Down (Monument)


The house was occupied in the mid 19th Century, at which time it is recorded as "Neels Down".

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Building remains west of Higher Cott can be seen on aerial photographs dating to 1947. [1,2] Neals Down is shown on the 6 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1890 [3]. It is described as "in ruins". At SS 6339 4573, in a lay by, are the remains of a stone building in the form of a wall 5.8 metres long and 3 metres high; the return westwards is visible at the southern end. The interior of the building is densely overgrown. [4] A building is depicted on the Tithe Map at SS63384572, with a small outbuilding slightly to the south. It is within a group of small enclosures; together, they are labelled 286. The accompanying Apportionment describes these as "Neels Downs: House and Gardens", owned by John Hoody Chichester Esquire and occupied by John Harding. [5] By the time the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map was surveyed, a parcel of land to the south of the site also appears to have been incorporated into the site but the building itself was by then ruinous. [6] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/CPE/UK/1980.4096 (April 1947).
  • <2> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS6345A.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1890, 6NW.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 5 July 1993.
  • <5> Map: 1842. Trentishoe Tithe Map and Apportionment. Land parcel 286.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <7> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 872529, Extant 8 November 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 17913
  • Devon SMR: SS64NW/31
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE8994
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NW25
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 872529



Grid reference Centred SS 6337 4571 (57m by 88m)
Map sheet SS64NW

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Record last edited

Nov 8 2021 3:21PM


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