MMO551 - Deserted farm of Higher Week, Exton (Monument)

Summary

The lay subsidy of 1327 suggests the existence of a medieval farmstead named Week. Earthworks remain on the site shown as the settlement of Higher Week on the tithe map of 1840, visible on vertical aerial photographs taken in 1947.

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Type and Period (5)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The deserted farm of Higher Week is possibly referred to in the lay subsidy of 1327 by the names Godman atte Wyk and Roger atte Wyk. The tithe map of 1840 noted the settlement of Higher Week (linhay and 79 acres) but the area has now been cleared of remains or field boundaries. A slight hollow near a spring with a few old trees may indicate the site. [1-4] Field boundaries, paddocks, enclosures, ridge and furrow and trackways associated with the farm are clearly visible on vertical aerial photographs taken in 1947 and 1981. [5-6]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. Somerset County Council SMR 29 Sep 1986.
  • <2> Monograph: Dickenson, F.H.. 1889. Kirby's Quest for Somerset. Somerset Record Society. Series 3. 178-9.
  • <3> Article in serial: Aston, M. 1983. Deserted Farmsteads on Exmoor and the 1327 lay subsidy. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society. 127. p93.
  • <4> Article in serial: Aston, M and Murles, B.J. 1978. Somerset Archaeology 1977. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society. 122. p138-9.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1944 2153-4 23-JAN-1947.
  • <6> Collection: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Exmoor Project.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. SCC 969 9697-8 05-NOV-1981.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9471 3506 (613m by 458m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS93NW
Civil Parish EXTON, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11303
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7174
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NW14
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1089107
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33645

Record last edited

Dec 14 2012 10:56AM

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