MSO11951 - Deserted medieval village at Colton Farm (Monument)


A medieval settlement that appears to have become a single farm by the 19th Century.

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Colton was in existence by 1327 when Thomas de Coltone and Nicholas de Coltone were mentioned. [1] In 1515 it comprised six tenements but it seems to have become a single farm in the C19. [2] The tithe map of 1839 shows six buildings in this location. All but one of the buildings (a three part building at ST05553592, labelled 'abc' on the tithe map) still appear to be extant in some form. [3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Serial: Dickinson, F.H.. 1889. Kirby's Quest for Somerset. 167.
  • <2> Article in serial: Aston, M. 1983. Deserted Farmsteads on Exmoor and the 1327 lay subsidy. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society. 127. 96.
  • <3> Map: 1839. Nettlecombe Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 982828, Extant 28 May 2022.



Grid reference Centred ST 0554 3590 (188m by 209m)
Map sheet ST03NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7727
  • National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 NE74
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 982828
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34557

Record last edited

May 28 2022 10:31PM


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