MEM24762 - Dunkery Beacon Hotel, Wootton Courtenay (Building)


The building dates to the late 19th or early 20th Century.

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Full Description

The site is shown as a clear area within a field on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. [1] The 25 inch 2nd Edition map depicts two large buildings at SS 9361 4344 (west) and SS 9363 4343 (east). They are together labelled "Dunkery Hotel". [2] The site is shown on the 2018 MasterMap data with some extensions to the rear of the westernmost building. The buildings are now labelled "Dunkery Beacon Hotel". [3] There were no inns on the Acland Estate in this area of Exmoor and so some of the villagers from here would travel to Wootton Courtenay or Porlock on a weekend, but only on a Saturday or Sunday, not both. The Dunkery was "a large and rather superior-looking hotel", set back from the road up a gravel drive and with a large garden. The building was white and had a verandah with a "public bar, like most country bars… small, with two tables, two benches, and not enough chairs." Last orders were at 10pm. [4] Wootton Courtenay is described as having "an hotel, much patronised by visitors for riding and walking". [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1903.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap.
  • <4> Monograph: Turner, W.J.. 1947. Exmoor Village. Harrap. 62, 63.
  • <5> Monograph: Lawrence, B.. 1984. Exmoor Villages. The Exmoor Press. 115-116.



Grid reference Centred SS 9362 4344 (47m by 30m)
Map sheet SS94SW

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Record last edited

Oct 9 2019 3:47PM


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