MEM15330 - Brendon Hill Yard (Monument)


Trading post built by the Watchet trading Company to provide coal and agicultural items as far southwest as Bampton. It contained railway sidings, a goods shed, a builders merchants yard, a row of wooden dwellings, a shop and two lime kilns.

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Brendon Hill Village was first supplied by the Watchet Trading Company, which established a warehouse by the railway yard in 1857. Supplies including 'coal, steel, salt, lime, North Wales slate, bricks, draining pipes etc' were sold from a building fronting onto Bampton Road which also provided stabling for 20 horses. A general store was established before 1861. [1] A trading post was first proposed in 1841 by the company secretary, CE Rowcliffe, to serve the country as far to the southwest as Bampton as cheaply as possible. With the exception of the limekilns and fragments of the stores, the buildings do not survive. [2] The depot is mentioned in a publication on the industrial archaeology of Somerset. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Monograph: Sellick, R.. 1970. The West Somerset Mineral Railway and the Story of the Brendon Hills Iron Mines. David and Charles Limited. Second. P.58.
  • <2> Report: Jones, M.H.. 1993. West Somerset Mineral Railway Research Design Summary Report. P.16.
  • <3> Report: Jones, M.H.. 1995. Report on Proposed Low-Key Visitor Access to Industrial Sites on the Brendon Hills. P.10.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society. 1990. Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society Visit to the Brendon Hills. P.5-6.
  • <5> Monograph: Daniel, P. (Ed.). 2019. A guide to the industrial archaeology of Somerset. Association for Industrial Archaeology. 2nd Edition. p 66, W5.2.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Local Heritage List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park



Grid reference Centred ST 0207 3416 (218m by 163m)
Map sheet ST03SW

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Record last edited

Oct 10 2022 1:10PM


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