MSO11682 - Post-medieval waterwheel at Withycombe Farm (Monument)


An overshot waterwheel was fed by a leat. It was situated in the bank barn at the farmstead.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Leat from Winn Brook at SS 8801 3506 now just traceable. Wheel pit still extant. Had overshot wheel of around 14 feet by 3 feet. [1] The 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps show several linear features that may represent the leat, which join up with several of the buildings within the farm complex. The waterwheel is not marked. [2,3] The bank barn at Withycombe Farm was previously water powered. [4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. D Warren, Somerset Industrial Archaeology Society, 29 November 1977.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <4> Report: Schofield, J.. 1997. Exmoor Farmsteads: An evaluation of old steadings within Exmoor National Park. Farm reference 275.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 974579, Extant 21 September 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8570
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NE43
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 974579
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34241



Grid reference SS 8870 3514 (point)
Map sheet SS83NE

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Record last edited

Sep 21 2021 3:01PM


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