MSO11676 - Medieval and post-medieval Little Bradley Farmstead (Monument)

Summary

Little Bradley Farmstead is shown on historic mapping and may be of medieval origins.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Aston argues that a medieval farmstead at Little Bradley, may be indicated in the 1327 Lay Subsidy by the entry of Richard de Bradleghe. [1] Named on 1962 Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division map and shown as characteristic small enclosures. [2] Two walls of building forming right angle and part of small banked enclosures seen on aerial photographs. [3-5] The tithe map of 1838 shows three buildings situated in various closes, and the accompanying award details that Little Bradley was a holding of 84 acres. [6] By 1978 the farm buildings were no longer in use. Ruined buildings shown on 1:10,000 Ordnance Survey map but not named. [7] Little Bradley is shown on the early 19th Century Ordnance Survey drawings. [9] The site is named as East Bradley on a county map of 1822. [10] Little Bradley was still in existence in 1888 and 1902. [11] The mention of Richard de Bradleghe in the 1327 Lay Subsidy [1] does not necessarily indicate that Little Bradley was in existence at this time. It may may equally refer to the deserted site at Bradley (see MSO11735) or the current farm of Great Bradley at SS 858 341 (MEM15210). [13] The ruinous structures of Little Bradley are clearly visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards, centred on circa SS 864 340. Earthworks about 130 metres to the south may indicate that the settlement was more extensive than previously thought. [14-15]

Sources/Archives (15)

  • <1> Article in serial: Aston, M. 1983. Deserted Farms on Exmoor and the Lay subsidy of 1327 in West Somerset. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society. 127. 100.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. SS83SE.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: September 19. HSL.UK.71-178. 87/8633.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3350,33588.
  • <5> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 8634A and 8633A.
  • <6> Map: 1839. Winsford Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1978. 1:10,000 SS83SE.
  • <8> Monograph: Dickenson, F.H.. 1889. Kirby's Quest for Somerset. Somerset Record Society. Series 3.
  • <9> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1802-4 3", sheet 42(1).
  • <10> Map: Greenwood. 1822. Greenwood's County map of Somerset. 76.
  • <11>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1888, Somerset 57(1). [Mapped feature: #47162 ]
  • <12> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1902, Somerset 57(1).
  • <13> Survey: RCHME. 1997. Exmoor survey. NMR site SS 83 SE 19.
  • <14> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 106G/UK/1655 4258-9 (11 July 1946).
  • <15> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 SE. MD002198.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8637 3401 (118m by 127m)
Map sheet SS83SE
Civil Parish WINSFORD, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

Related Events/Activities (1)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO128
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8540
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SE19
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape / NRHE HOB UID: 35800
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34235

Record last edited

Apr 5 2021 10:07PM

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