MSO10951 - Medieval or post-medieval enclosure at Warren Farm (Monument)


An irregular enclosure has alternatively been interpreted as a garden area for Warren Cottages, or part of the nearby settlement earthworks associated with pillow mounds.

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Full Description

Irregular enclosure 250 metres west of Warren Farmhouse on southwestern facing slope. Shown on 6 inch map as partly walled. [1] No walls remaining, banks 2 metres wide and up to 1 metre high. No visible entrance. Leat (MSO10941) cuts through the enclosure on upslope side. [2] Suggested by the owner that it was a garden for Warren Cottages. [3] Centred at SS79254073 are the remains of a subrectangular enclosure. It consists of a very sharply defined bank, 0.9 metres high, composed of earth and stone, forming a U shape, with the western end being open. The date and function of the feature are uncertain, but it is almost certainly post-medieval, and may have been a small paddock or enclosure for stock, or possibly a garden. Now engulfed by bracken. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale. [7] The enclosure described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs south of Warren Farm, Exmoor. In places the banks have been cut by a leat of the 19th Century water meadow, indicating that it most likely predates the 19th Century settlement at Warren Farm, and is contemporary with the nearby earthworks and pillow mounds. [8-10] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [11] The feature is depicted on the 2021 MasterMap data. [12] The feature is also shown similarly on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. A footpath is shown on the map leading up past Warren Cottages, to the northeastern boundary of the feature. [13]

Sources/Archives (13)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. 6" SS74SE.
  • <2> Unassigned: SMR file 33090.
  • <3> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. E Dennison, 21 March 1984.
  • <4> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 7940.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: May 1977. ENP MAM IRFC. 14.021.
  • <6> Report: McDonnell, R. 1985. Recommendations for the Management…. 37 (site 218).
  • <7> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 9 August 1994.
  • <8> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 543/2821 (F64) 167-68 (27 April 1964).
  • <9> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/9502 135-36 (12 March 1995).
  • <10> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.
  • <11> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1102041, Extant 1 June 2021.
  • <12>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #34528 ]
  • <13> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO622
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6894
  • Local Heritage List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE68
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1102041
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33090



Grid reference Centred SS 7923 4074 (51m by 52m) With reference to SEM6703 25 inch 1st Ed. OS Map
Map sheet SS74SE

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Record last edited

Nov 21 2022 12:49PM


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