MEM23812 - Demolished medieval building west of The Tithe Barn (Monument)


A watching brief in 2007 recorded two substantial wall foundations on north to south and east to west alignments, adjacent to and running beneath the existing barn. They are thought to be the remains of a substantial medieval building.

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In January 2007 an archaeological watching brief was conducted during groundworks for disabled access and drainage at the tithe barn. Two substantial foundations on north to south and east to west alignments constructed of clay bonded sandstone were located immediately to the west of, and ran beneath, the existing barn. These appeared to represent the western exterior wall and an internal division of a substantial medieval building of some pretension, as suggested by a decorated floor tile and glazed ridge tile fragments from overlying demolition. To the west, a weathered surface constructed of lias slabs was revealed, possibly representing an exterior yard surface contemporary with the medieval walls. It is probable that these are the remains of part of a building associated with the medieval priory, the church of which remains to the south of the site. Further sandstone wall remains and yard surfaces of pitched sandstone cobbles, overlying the medieval walls, probably related to post-medieval farm ancillary buildings known to have existed on the site. [1,2]

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  • <1> Report: Brigers, J.L.. 2007. Report on an archaeological watching brief to the west of the Tithe Barn, Priory Green, Dunster, Somerset.
  • <2> Serial: Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 1851-. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. Volume 151 (2008), 'Dunster, Priory Green, The Tithe Barn, SS 9905 4371', p233 (J Brigers).



Grid reference SS 9904 4371 (point) (Surveyed)
Map sheet SS94SE

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Record last edited

Mar 29 2017 12:15PM


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