MSO11737 - Post-medieval Hill Farm, Hawkridge (Monument)


The farmstead is shown on historic mapping but is no longer extant. A modern farmstead of the same name is situated to the west.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

"Hill Farm" printed on 1962 Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division 6 inch map with several buildings and a well shown. [1] An estate of 27 acres is shown in 1841 around the farm site and the farm is shown roofed. [2] Nothing shown on 1977 OS 1:10,000 map. [3] Remains of two or three buildings, one with a roof, and several small irregular enclosures. [4] This was previously thought by Aston to be the site of Hunterscombe Farm (see MSO8687) but the above information applies to this site. Nothing now remains of this farm, although the farmer knows his mother was born there. Only a sharply right angled field boundary with mature trees on it remains, although there are indications of field boundaries and enclosures in the south facing ploughed field adjacent. [5-6] The farm buildings remained roofed through 1888 until at least 1903. [7-8] In 1974 only a section of the field bank to the south of the farm remain depicted. [9] The remains lie on a south facing slope facing Hawkridge Common. The site was not visited during the RCHME Field Survey as permission was not obtained. [10] In private ownership [11] The site is not shown on the 2021 MasterMap data, although some of the enclosure boundaries can be traced. A modern farmstead of the same name is situated to the west (MEM23223). [12] The farm is visible on the 1946-8 aerial photographs. The buildings still appear to be roofed at this point. [13]

Sources/Archives (13)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. 6" SS83SE.
  • <2> Map: 1841. Hawkridge Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1977. 1:10,000 SS83SE.
  • <4> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. 8532.
  • <5> 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. 102.
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. E Dennison, Somerset County Council, 29 January 1988.
  • <7>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1888, Somerset 56(12). [Mapped feature: #47159 ]
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1903, Somerset 56(12).
  • <9> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1974. 1:10,000 scale map: 1974. 1:10000.
  • <10> Survey: RCHME. 1995. Exmoor Survey. NMR site SS 83 SE 35.
  • <11> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records. PRN 34305.
  • <12> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500.
  • <13> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography.



Grid reference Centred SS 8519 3208 (98m by 129m)
Map sheet SS83SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8703
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SE35
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape / NRHE HOB UID: 932923
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 32326
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34305

Record last edited

Mar 31 2021 12:30PM


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