MDE21302 - Sisters Fountain, Glenthorne (Building)


An early 19th Century stone structure surrounds the spring head and has a stone cross above. The spring feeds an oval pool, formed by stone rubble retaining walls.

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Spring head. Early C19. Coursed stone rubble. Built into the hillside with flanking splayed retaining walls. Stone cross above. Full-height entrance to chamber with arch over spring inside. The spring water runs into an oval pool down the hill to the north-east, formed by stone rubble retaining walls. The spring head and pool are situated on the hillside above Glenthorne the house built for the Revd W. S. Halliday and begun in 1829. Nearby is the spot where the Revd Halliday is said to have stood and decided to build his house here. A small inscribed stone (the decision stone) marks the spot but was not seen at time of survey (July 1987) because of the dense undergrowth. [1] The structures were visited in April 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. The springhead received a BAR score of 3A and the retaining wall a score of 4A. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . HHR: Countisbury (24 November 1988) 22.
  • <2> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.



Grid reference Centred SS 7930 4917 (69m by 30m) MasterMap
Map sheet SS74NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (3A): 1549/4/28/1
  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (4A): 1549/4/28/2
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 37711
  • Devon SMR: SS74NE/614

Record last edited

Mar 29 2022 2:38PM


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