MSO10247 - Allerford Dipping Wells, Brandish Street (Building)


A small butter well was relocated in the 1970s when the road layout changed in the centre of Brandish Street.

Please read the .

Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A small well head next to the river. [1] SS 9066 4663. Butter Well, Brandish Street. A stone built butter well possibly 19th Century in date, moved in the 1970s when the road layout here was altered. It would likely have been built into a bank and filled with water to keep milk and butter cool. It is a small domed structure with an opening to the north. [2,3] SS 906 466. "Beehive" dipping well, Allerford. Dipping wells were where water was gathered when a surface spring was weak. Some near streams gathered the 'purified' water percolating through alluvial gravels; there were usually about three feet deep with a small stone or brick building over them. The one at Allerford is built like a stone beehive. [4] The well is visible on 2013 aerial photographs. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. Chris Webster, Somerset County Council HER, 2 March 2004.
  • <2>XY Report: Richardson, I.. 2007. Brandish Street Farm Archaeological Survey. 115655, p28. [Mapped feature: #45914 ]
  • <3> Report: Richardson, I.. 2001. Holnicote Estate Archaeological Survey: Part 2. 115655, p195.
  • <4> Monograph: Warren, D.. 1998. SIAS Survey number ten: Rural water supply in Somerset. Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society. 2,3, illustration 2.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Getmapping. 2013. Vertical Aerial Photography of Exmoor National Park.



Grid reference SS 9066 4663 (point) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS94NW

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 2 fluvial
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 2 fluvial
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 3 fluvial
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA168191
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 16714

Record last edited

Sep 18 2019 10:17AM


Your feedback is welcome. If you can provide any new information about this record, please contact us.