MSO11559 - Post-medieval tannery, Porlock (Monument)


The possible site of a tannery. The leat to the wheel pit has been filled in. This may be the same tannery as recorded in MSO10428.

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Full Description

Site of a tannery. Leat to wheel pit filled in. Water now brought by pipe. Was an iron wheel 14 feet by 4 feet. [1] Nothing marked on Ordnance Survey 25 inch maps. [2,3] A tanyard is mentioned in 1794 belonging to Abraham Phelps. [4] There is a will of John Ridler, described as a tanner in Porlock, dating to November 1654. There is no mention of him owning a tannery in the will. [5] It is not clear whether this tannery was located in the same location as the 19th Century buildings recorded as MSO10428, and whether it is the same site. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unassigned: D Warren, Somerset Industrial Archaeology Society. 06.12.77. [Possible pers. comm.].
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 34(5).
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1904.
  • <4> Monograph: Corner, Dennis. 1992. Porlock in Those Days. Exmoor Books. p90.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Ridler, J.. 1654. Will of John Ridler, Tanner of Porlock, Somerset.
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 22 March 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7972
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE33
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1127374
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33956



Grid reference SS 8846 4669 (point)
Map sheet SS84NE

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Record last edited

Feb 14 2022 2:02PM


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