MSO11746 - Medieval or post-medieval farmstead north of Parsonage Down (Monument)


Asmall group of irregular enclosures with possible building remains, and the remains of rectangular fields to the south, have been viewed during field investigation.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Group of low banks forming small group of irregular enclosures with possible building remains. Remains of rectangular fields to the south. [1,2] Not mentioned in Aston's list of deserted settlements. [3] No buildings are shown on the Tithe Map, although the associated field system is shown. The field at the grid reference is however reference to as "ruin" in the apportionment. [4] Centered at SS 8513 3287 is a large platformed area cut into the gentle slope of a natural level above West Water. It measures approximately 19.5 metres across the slope by 6.8 metres and appears to represent a deserted farmstead. On the higher side of the platform are the fragmented stone and hedge remains of the banks of the surrounding fields. The origin of these features is uncertain. The surface of the platform is littered with stone, although no coherent structures can be seen. On the higher side a branch has fallen, obscuring part of the site. [5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3361.
  • <2> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. 8532.
  • <3> 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.
  • <4> Map: 1839. Winsford Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Chapman, H.P.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 26 April 1995.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 932920, Extant 1 February 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8701
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SE33
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 932920
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34314



Grid reference Centred SS 8513 3287 (126m by 98m)
Map sheet SS83SE

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Record last edited

Feb 1 2022 3:18PM


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