MEM15190 - Ashway Farmstead (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
- None recorded
The farmstead is shown on the Tithe Map for Dulverton and labelled "Ashway". At this time, it included a group of buildings surrounding the central farmhouse (MSO9323), with a pond to the south and, beyond this, an L shaped orchard. To the west was a field in a generally oval shape. The farm buildings included a curved range in the northwestern corner at c. SS 8682 3126, which may have been a linhay, and several other buildings in an informal scatter, some of which are still extant (part of MEM15191, MEM15193 and three further buildings at SS 8689 3126, SS 8688 3123 and SS 8690 3124). The remaining buildings, to the west of the farmhouse and including the curved possible linhay, had been removed by the time the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map was surveyed and the range of farm buildings that is still extant had been constructed (MEM15192, MEM15194-7). A further linear range had also been constructed directly to the north of the farmhouse. By this time, the orchard to the south had been reduced in size to be housed in a rectangular enclosure but the pond and oval enclosure were still extant; these were removed at some point after the 2nd Edition map was surveyed, in the latter's case, to make way for a large modern agricultural building. [1-4] The farmstead was visited in January 1997. Only the farmhouse (MSO9323) and extant linhay (MEM15191) were discussed.  The buildings are built of local stone rubble bonded in lime mortar. The steading is built in a small south-facing combe above the water meadows in the valley of the River Barle. The valley side rises steeply to open moorland at about 300 metres, but Ashway manages to find the least steep part of the hillside right on the springline.The drive approaches the farmstead from the east. At the farm there is a gateway (widened for farm machinery in the 20th century) to a north-south driveway descending the hillslope between the house and the main quadrangular yard. The yard is now largely covered in concrete but some cobbles remain in the northwest corner. There was a slurry pond just southeast of the main yard. Every spring the slurry was released to flood the meadows below. 
- <1> SSO187 Map: 1838. Dulverton Tithe Map and Apportionment.
- <2> SEM6703 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
- <3> SEM7190 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
- <4> SEM8033 Map: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap.
- <5> SEM6996 Report: Schofield, J.. 1997. Exmoor Farmsteads: An evaluation of old steadings within Exmoor National Park. Farm reference 168.
- <6> SEM6701 Report: Thorp, J.R.L.. 2007. Four Exmoor Farms. 1-9, 23-38.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 86842 31206 (143m by 159m) (Historic mapping)|
|Civil Parish||DULVERTON, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
Related Monuments/Buildings (10)
- Parent of: 19th Century water meadow south of Ashway Farm (Monument) (MMO3110)
- Parent of: Ashway Farmhouse (Building) (MSO9323)
- Parent of: Cart lodge at Ashway Farm (Building) (MEM15192)
- Parent of: East range of the main yard at Ashway Farm (Building) (MEM15196)
- Parent of: Leat feeding the Wellhouse at Ashway Farm (Monument) (MEM15198)
- Parent of: Linhay at Ashway Farm (Building) (MEM15191)
- Parent of: North range of the main yard at Ashway Farm (Building) (MEM15193)
- Parent of: South range of the main yard at Ashway Farm (Building) (MEM15195)
- Parent of: West range of the main yard at Ashway Farm (Building) (MEM15194)
- Parent of: Wheelhouse off the west range of the main yard at Ashway Farm (Building) (MEM15197)
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Related Articles (2)
External Links (0)
- Exmoor Farmsteads Survey 1996-1997 (3): 168
- National Park: Exmoor National Park
Record last edited
Jan 8 2015 1:21PM
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