MSO10528 - Roadwater House, Roadwater (Building)


A 17th Century building, likely a farmhouse before being converted to an Inn in the 19th Century, now a house.

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Shown on OS map as Roadwater Inn. Inn, now private dwelling. C17, altered early C20. Roughcast over rubble, slate roof, rendered stacks right gable end and left of cross passage. Plan: probably 3 cell and cross passage, subsequently altered. 2 storeys, 3 bays; first floor 3-light casement left, C20 sash window above entrance, C20 window end bay right, groundfloor 3-light ovolo moulded mullion window left of entrance, modified one to right, small glazed opening end bay, probably stair light, plank door; raking buttresses flanking entrance and between first and second bays right. Long blank panels end bay left, ground and first floor, also square panels between flanking window above entrance which would have carried the name of the inn. Interior not viewed. Probably this was originally a farmhouse and became an inn in the C19 when the railway was built. Court illustrates the inn in the 1880s. (Court, West Somerset in Times Past, nd). [1] English Heritage Listed Building Number: 264868. First Listed on 21/12/1984. [2] 3-cell Cross passage plan. Stone, Render, roughcast and pebbledash walls. Gabled roof [3] The building was visited in June 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [4] A two storey house dating to the 16th Century, which was previously an inn. A largely intact garderobe is situated in the first floor solar at the lower end of the hall, at the side of the gable stack. [5,6] The building is shown on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map but is unlabelled. [7] It is also depicted on the 25 inch 1903 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map but is now labelled "Roadwater Inn (B.H.)". [8] Farmhouse constructed during the 17th century with early 20th century alterations. It has a cross passage plan constructed of rubble and roughcast with a slate roof. It was used as a inn during the 19th century. [9] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [10]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Index: 21/12/1984. Thirty-first List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Distict of West Somerset (Somerset).
  • <2> Unassigned: Webster CJ, Historic Environment Record. 2005. Staff Comments, Somerset County Council.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records. PRN 30809.
  • <4> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <5> Serial: Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 1851-. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. Volume 131 (1987), 'Old Cleeve, Roadwater House', 250 (EHD Williams).
  • <6> Report: Williams, E.H.D.. 1987. Roadwater House, Old Cleeve.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey. County Series; 2nd Edition (1st Revision) 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1904, Sheet 47(8).
  • <9> Collection: Unknown. Unknown. Volume: Roadwater House, Old Cleeve.
  • <10> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 528480, Updated 30 May 2022.



Grid reference Centred ST 0370 3905 (21m by 25m)
Map sheet ST03NW

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 375/4/110
  • National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 NW79
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NBR Index Number: 55091
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 528480
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 30809
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 36985

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May 30 2022 1:40PM


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