MSO10612 - Post-medieval drinking trough, Timberscombe (Building)


A late 19th Century rectangular trough, thought to have been resited as it is not connected to the water supply. It is inscribed to the memory of James Hole, who died in 1876, and his wife who died in 1855.

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Drinking trough. Late C19. Portland stone. Plan: rectangular trough set on 4 stone blocks with plinth, gabled top with pair of trefoil headed niches, mask above, inscribed on reverse "... in Memory of James Hole... 1876 and his wife died 1855". Gothick style. Not connected to water supply and missing drinking cups and outlet, assumed to have been resited. This probably had chained cups set in niches and separate water supply so that both animals and humans could benefit from Mr Hole's generosity. [1] English Heritage Listed Building Number: 265382. First Listed on 05/06/1985. [2] Stone, Ashlar walls. [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 5A. [4] The 2018 MasterMap data labels a "D Fn" (drinking fountain) in this location. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1>XY Index: 5/6/1985. 34th List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, District of West Somerset (Somerset). [Mapped feature: #41384 ]
  • <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 Unpublished document: Somerset County Council.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.
  • <4> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap.



Grid reference SS 9557 4208 (point)
Map sheet SS94SE

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (5A): 444/7/99
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31086

Record last edited

Jan 21 2020 4:54PM


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