MSO11677 - Folly, north of Spire Cross (Building)


Folly Cottage dates to the mid to late 19th Century. There is no evidence of any other folly in the area.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

"Folly" printed on 1962 Ordnance Survey map. Building shown. [1] Group of low banks or broken walls seen on aerial photographs. [2,3] The name "Folly" refers to a post-medieval cottage, first documented on the Tithe Map and Award of 1838, where it is depicted as a building in a small enclosure, and is part of Pitt Farm. It was owned by Sir Thomas Acland, and is close to a plantation. N.B. The above was originally recorded in the Somerset HER; however, a review of the Winsford Tithe Map does not depict any buildings in this location. The nearest is at SS 8908 3385, c.140 metres to the east and recorded under MSO11678. [4-6] By the end of the 19th Century two cottages are depicted. [7] In 1973 Folly is shown as a single, large house. [8] RCHME note that it may well have been associated with forestry workers in the 19th Century. The site remains occupied. [9] See also MSO11678. [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]

Sources/Archives (11)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. 6" SS83SE.
  • <2> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. SS8833.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3354.
  • <4> Map: 1839. Winsford Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records. PRN 34236.
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 17 June 2019.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Somerset 57(6).
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1973. 1:2500. 1:25,000. SS 8833.
  • <9> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 17 September 1997.
  • <10> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Chris Webster, 15 December 1998.
  • <11> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 932913, Extant 1 February 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8561
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SE29
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 932913
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34236



Grid reference Centred SS 8893 3387 (70m by 113m)
Map sheet SS83SE

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Record last edited

Feb 1 2022 3:06PM


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