MSO6712 - Stone, Exford (Building)


An 18th Century house, two cell in plan with an axial hall and service wing at the rear. A datestone of 1678 on the rear elevation has been reset here from another building. It belonged to Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, a Warden of Exmoor Forest.

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(SS 8654 3879) Stone (NAT). [1] Stone (formerly listed as Stone Farmhouse) 6.4.59 - II* House.The house is mid to late 18th century in date. The date of 1678 on the rear elevation has been reset from another building. The building is shown as country house on Day and Musters map of Somerset 1782, it belonged to Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, the last Warden of Exmoor Forest whose Crown Lease expired in 1814. [2] At SS 8662 3873 in the grounds to the southeast of Stone are a number of tree clumps set on low planting mounds; no further investigation was carried out. [3] The site was visited in February 1997 as part of the Exmoor Farmsteads survey. The house was noted to be "an extraordinary apparition, a Palladian Villa of perhaps 1740s…[with] a symmetrical front block (façade with 6 Palladian windows)." [4] The building was visited in December 2013 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [5] The farmstead is discussed by Hamilton. [6] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1979. 1:10,000. 1:10,000.
  • <2> Index: 2/1/1986. Thirty-fifth List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, District of West Somerset (Somerset)/Exmoor National Park.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 16 September 1997.
  • <4> Report: Schofield, J.. 1997. Exmoor Farmsteads: An evaluation of old steadings within Exmoor National Park. Farm reference 228.
  • <5> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <6> Monograph: Hamilton, C.M.. 1953. A history of Exford. N/A. 1st Edition. 22.
  • <7> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35735, Extant 21 September 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 1076/13/1
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10634
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NE21
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35735
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31120



Grid reference Centred SS 8654 3879 (24m by 24m)
Map sheet SS83NE

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Sep 21 2021 12:30PM


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