MMO583 - Possible medieval farmstead and post-medieval linhay and barn, Knaphindham Rocks (Monument)


Possible medieval farmstead at Knaphindham. A linhay, barn and yard at Knaphindham Rocks are shown on the Exton Tithe Map of 1838. Associated enclosures are visible on vertical aerial photographs taken in 1947.

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Type and Period (3)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A deserted farm site at Knaphindham Rocks. [1] The tithe map for the area shows two buildings in a small enclosure, which are named as a linhay, barn and yard [2,3]. The first edition Ordnance Survey map depicts a single building, probably the barn, in a small enclosure [4]. The remains of the enclosure are preserved as field boundaries, shown on the 1973 Ordnance Survey map [5]. [6] The enclosure and field banks are clearly visible on vertical aerial photographs of the area. [7,8] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. M Aston, SCPD, 14 November 1977.
  • <2> Map: 1838. Exton Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <3> Article in serial: Aston, M.. 1983. Deserted Farmsteads on Exmoor and the Lay Subsidy of 1327 in West Somerset. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 127. 71-104.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Somerset 57(11).
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1973. 1:2500. 1:25,000. SS 9331.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME, 1 January 1998.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1944 3156-7 (23 January 1947).
  • <8> Archive: Dyer, C.. 1998-1998. RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS 93 SW. AF1133201.
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1095053, Extant 9 May 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 9311 3188 (228m by 257m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS93SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11300
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7167
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 SW20
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1095053
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33642

Record last edited

May 9 2022 2:51PM


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