MSO11750 - Deserted medieval farmstead southwest of Three Waters (Monument)


The stone foundations of a probable deserted farm site and enclosure were noted during field survey. Later field survey noted the fragmented remains of a field system.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Foundation of stone building c. 3 metres east to west by 2.5 metres north to south, with much ruined associated enclosure walls on edge of wood. The foundations consist of large boulders and the enclosures are fragmentary. Probably a deserted medieval farm. [1] SS 8705 3047. A small medieval deserted farm site and enclosure was identified on the south bank of the Barle at Ashway. The site has been excluded from agricultural improvements in the area. [2] Nothing is depicted within the area in 1841, 1888 or 1904. [3] The remains of a deserted farmstead were indicated within the vicinity of SS 87053047 within Little Birchcleeve Wood (1). Centred at SS 8701 3049 on the edge of Little Birchcleeve Wood are the fragmented remains of a field system. One main terrace runs along the contours crossing the edge of woodland possibly with others above and below it. There are on both sides of the present track blocks of sandstone, some of which suggest clearance, although the majority have no coherence. There are no buildings implied by the field evidence, although the presence of the field system suggests the presence of domestic habitation. [6] In private ownership. [7] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1>XY Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. I Burrow, 9 March 1982. [Mapped feature: #34100 ]
  • <2> 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. 25,102.
  • <3> Map: 1841. Hawkridge Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1888, Somerset 57(13).
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1904, Somerset 57(13).
  • <6> Unpublished document: Chapman, H.P.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 9 February 1995.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records.
  • <8> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35796, Extant 1 February 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8678
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SE15
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35796
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34318



Grid reference Centred SS 8700 3048 (236m by 205m)
Map sheet SS83SE

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Record last edited

Feb 1 2022 12:26PM


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