MSO11696 - Higher Kemps Farm, Winsford (Monument)


The ruins of a deserted farmstead were noted on aerial photographs.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Banks or broken walls forming small rectangular enclosures around two standing buildings with roofs. Also rectangular building remains just to the north with small enclosure. [1-3] This latter area is marked "Higher Kemps" on 1962 map. [4] May be a deserted farm with Lower Kemps to the east. [5] SS 89 1362. Earthworks around the present farmstead of Higher Kemps indicated by McDonnell (seen on aerial photographs) are possibly indicative of a change of site or shrinkage from a hamlet to a farmstead. (Kemps shown at SS 8923 3630 on one inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map dated 1809 [6]). [7] The main area of earthworks appears to be occupied by Kemps Cottage on the 2021 MasterMap data. [8] The southern part of the site is shown as a clear area on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. However, the northernmost rectangular feature transcribed by McDonnell [3] is shown on the map and labelled "Higher Kemps". [9] It is also clear on the Tithe Map for Winsford. [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> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 4350.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: September 19. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 89. 8661.
  • <3>XY Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS8936B. [Mapped feature: #46982 SS8936B]
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. 6" SS83NE.
  • <5> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. E Dennison, 4 April 1984.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1809. 1" 1st edition.
  • <7> 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. 101.
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500.
  • <9> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <10> Map: 1839. Winsford Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <11> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35727, Extant 21 September 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8526
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NE13
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35727
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34255



Grid reference Centred SS 8911 3621 (140m by 141m)
Map sheet SS83NE

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Record last edited

Sep 21 2021 2:59PM


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