MSO11697 - Possible post-medieval shrunken farmstead at Little Ash (Monument)


Earthworks of a possible shrunken hamlet have been noted on aerial photographs around Little Ash Farm.

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Full Description

SS 8639 3543. Group of very small enclosures at Little Ash. Possibly garden plots. [1-3] "Little Ash" printed on Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division 6 inch map and one building shown. [4] Probably a change of site or shrinkage from a hamlet to a farmstead (two buildings are shown and named Little Ash on the Ordnance Survey 1 inch 1st Edition map of 1809). [5-7] Further buildings have been added to the site since the 1962 map was surveyed. [8] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 4355.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: September 19. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 87. 8631.
  • <3> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS8635C.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. 6" SS83NE.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1809. 1" 1st edition.
  • <6> 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.
  • <7> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. E Dennison, Somerset County Council, 4 August 1984.
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap.
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35728, Extant 21 September 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8527
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NE14
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35728
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34256



Grid reference Centred SS 8640 3540 (68m by 106m) Aerial survey
Map sheet SS83NE

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Record last edited

Sep 21 2021 2:56PM


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