MEM22244 - Post-medieval stables at Ashley Combe (Building)


The building originated as the stables for Ashley Combe house. It was recorded as a coach house with stables and garage in 1959, when a planning application was submitted to convert the building into a pair of cottages.

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An L shaped structure is shown on the Tithe Map for Porlock at SS 8581 4825. It is grouped with an adjoining land parcel labelled 1031, which the accompanying Apportionment describes as a "Stable and Garden", owned by The Right Honourable Earl of Lovelace. [1] The building is again shown on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, with some small additions to the floorplan. It is unlabelled. A small square outbuilding is shown to the south at SS 8582 4822. [2] The layout of the property is similarly shown on the 25 inch 2nd Edition map. A further outbuilding is shown at SS 8583 4825. [3] The 2021 MasterMap data shows the building as a semidetached pair of domestic properties with an irregular floorplan. The northern structure is labelled Wentworth and the southern structure is labelled Milbanke. [4] A planning application dating to 1959 records the conversion of the "Coach House & Stable Block". The application aimed "to improve the existing cottage" (labelled as the southern section of the property) and to "alter the stables & garage to form another cottage" (northern part). The agent was William R Brown, a builder based in Porlock, acting on behalf of the Rt. Hon. Earl of Lytton OBE. [5] A Conservation Area Appraisal dating from 2004 states the property is a pair of estate cottages of the Worthy Estate dating from the early 20th Century. However, it is clear from the above cited evidence ([1-5]) that this is not the case. [6,7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Map: Cox, J. W.C.. 1841. Porlock Tithe Map and Apportionment. 13.3 inches : 1 mile.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <4>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #39355 ]
  • <5> Website: Exmoor National Park Authority. Exmoor National Park Authority website - Planning section. Application form and plan; Planning Application 39236.
  • <6> Report: Fisher, J.. 2004. Porlock Weir: Conservation Area Character Appraisal. p6, 14.
  • <7> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 23 March 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 8581 4825 (16m by 27m) (MasterMap)
Map sheet SS84NE

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  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 2 fluvial
  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 3 fluvial
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 2 fluvial
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 3 fluvial

Record last edited

Mar 23 2021 12:22PM


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