MSO11697 - Possible deserted farm at Little Ash (Monument)


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

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SS 86393543. Group of very small enclosures at Little Ash. Possibly garden plots. [1] "Little Ash" printed on Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division 6 inch map and one building shown. [2] 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). [3-7] Further buildings have been added to the site since the 1962 map was surveyed. [8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 8635.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. 6" SS83NE.
  • <3> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. E Dennison, Somerset County Council, 4 August 1984.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 4355.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: September 19. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 87. 8631.
  • <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> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1809. 1" 1st edition.
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap.



Grid reference Centred SS 864 354 (68m by 106m) (Aerial survey)
Map sheet SS83NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8527
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NE14
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35728
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34256

Record last edited

Aug 31 2017 1:57PM


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