MEM24711 - St Mary Magdalene's Churchyard, Exford (Monument)


The churchyard has been in use since medieval times. 34 plague victims were buried here in 1645.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The graveyard in use since medieval times. [4] Remains of a late 13th Century cross (base and shaft) to the east of the south porch of church. The remains are as illustrated by Pooley. [2] The cross is a listed building. An old cottage stood at the church gate. Pulled down c. 1881. It used to serve as the parish poor house. It contained parts of the wall of the church which was taken down at the time of the Reformation. [4] The church and churchyard appear little altered in plan since the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map was surveyed. [5,6] A church has stood on this site since long before the Norman Conquest. [7] In 1645, 34 people were buried after dying from the plague in Exford, 14 in August; otherwise, the average was 5 a year. [8] Miss May Aston, of Court House, is celebrated on the churchyard gate. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council staff comments. M Aston, Somerset County Council, 30 November 1976.
  • <2> Monograph: Pooley, C. 1877. Old Stone Crosses of Somerset. 122.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1965. SS83NE. 3.
  • <4> Serial: Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 1851-. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. Volume 46 (1900), part 1, 27-8.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <6>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #46244 ]
  • <7> Monograph: Prabhu, S.S.. 1992. Churches on Exmoor. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Croydon. 47-51.
  • <8> Monograph: Savage, J.. 1830. A History of the Hundred of Carhampton. 540-543.
  • <9> Serial: Exmoor Society. 1959-present. Exmoor Review. Volume 40 (1999), "St Mary Magdalene, Exford", p66-68 (E Holloway).

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Other Statuses/References

  • Church Heritage Record ID: 601464
  • Exmoor National Park Authority HER number: MSO11247
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10636
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6708
  • Local List Status (No)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NE2
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35706
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31122
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33588



Grid reference Centred SS 8576 3850 (122m by 76m)
Map sheet SS83NE

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Record last edited

Aug 14 2019 5:47PM


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