MSO10703 - The Smithy, Allerford (Building)


A working smithy, built of red sandstone with brick quoins and dressings. The listing description dates the building to the mid 19th Century; however, the 2004 Conservation Area appraisal states the building dates from around 1905.

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Smithy. Mid C19. Red sandstone random rubble, brick quoins and dressings, triple ridge tile roof, louvred metal opening on roof right of centre, tall brick stack rising from rear. Plan: single cell. Single storey, wooden double doors rising to eaves left, right facade breaks forward slightly with 3-light window projecting slightly into eaves. Right return segmental headed 3-light window with louvred vent above. Interior not seen. The smithy is still fully operational. [1] English Heritage Listed Building Number: 265487. First Listed on 02/01/1986. [2] 2-cell plan. Stone, Random rubble walls. Gabled roof [3] The Allerford Conservation Area Character Appraisal advises the building actually dates from around 1905. It certainly doesn't seem to appear on the late 19th Century OS 1st ed. for Allerford.[4] The building was visited in May 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [5] The building does not appear on the 1st or 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps. [6,7] The building was surveyed by the National Trust for management purposes. It is described as an early 20th Century stone built village smithy. The main workshop had a small detached rear outbuilding that was replaced by a modern extension by the time the 1972 Ordnance Survey map was drawn (probably built in the 1960s). It has some (possibly original) fittings. [8] The Forge is depicted and labelled on 2020 MasterMap data. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Index: 2/1/1986. Thirty-fifth List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, District of West Somerset (Somerset)/Exmoor National Park.
  • <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 Unpublished document: Somerset County Council.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> Unpublished document: Fisher, J.. 2004. Allerford Conservation Area Character Appraisal.
  • <5> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <8> Report: Richardson, I and F, J.. 1992. Vernacular Building Survey: Smithy, Allerford.
  • <9>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #39041 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 9047 4696 (12m by 16m)
Map sheet SS94NW

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 1076/25/70
  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 3 fluvial
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 2 fluvial
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 3 fluvial
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA139480
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31199

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Jan 11 2021 4:20PM


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