MSO12195 - Possible post-medieval house platform on Tarr Ball Hill (Monument)


An ovoid platform is terraced into the hillslope and is associated with a nearby field bank. It may represent a post-medieval field platform.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Roughly circular area levelled into hillslope, consistent in size with a hut platform. [1] A small building platform lies at the head of a stream on Tarr Ball Hill at SS 86696 43580. It lies on a west facing slope, overlooking Nutscale Water, and comprises an ovoid platform, 5.8 metres north to south by 3.8 metres east to west. The platform is terraced into the hillslope. A pile of rubble lies in the southwest corner. Close to the platform, a field bank runs for 60 metres. The features were surveyed using GPS for the East Exmoor Project. The form of the platform and its association with the well defined field bank, suggest that it is more likely to be post-medieval in date than prehistoric. [2] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. AP Preece, 1 January 1992.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 23 January 1997.
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1071720, Extant 16 March 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7416
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE100
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1071720
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35253



Grid reference SS 8669 4357 (point) GPS derived
Map sheet SS84SE

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Record last edited

Mar 16 2022 11:55AM


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