MSO6753 - Merrycoombe or Muddicombe Farm (Monument)


The farmstead is shown on historic mapping and variously labelled Merrycoombe or Muddicombe. Remains of a rectangular building and a small stone barn can both still be discerned and are both assumed to be post-medieval.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Merrycoombe is shown and labelled as a working farm on the Exford Tithe Map. It has since disappeared. The farmhouse is depicted to the northeast of the site at c. SS 8353 3912 and there are at least three associated buildings dotted around the site, at c. SS 8351 3913, SS 8352 3910 and SS 8355 3910. [1,2] Remains are one ruined building with a gable remaining. One smaller stone built building with a corrugated roof remains. A large corrugated implement shed lies at the south end of the site. Other earthworks are around making several small enclosures and leats of a water meadow system lie on the valley side to the northwest. [3] The site is labelled "Muddicombe" on the 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps. While the farmhouse was still extant, the largest of the associated outbuildings (at SS 8355 3910) appears to have been demolished by the time of their publication. [4,5] The deserted farmstead of Muddicombe is centred at SS 8353 3913, and now comprises the densely overgrown remains of a rectangular structure measuring 18.8 metres by 6 metres, with walls 0.9 metres thick of roughly coursed local stone. The best preserved part of the structure is the western gable which stands to 2.5 metres. No further details of the structure, or other outbuildings depicted in 1889, were evident due to the vegetation. To the west is a small stone barn (which is not depicted in 1889). Muddicombe is now used as the focus of a smallholding which is farmed from Exford. [6] A large building with a metal sheet roof now occupies the centre of the site. [7,8] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Map: 1840. Exford Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <2> Article in serial: Aston, M.. 1983. Deserted Farmsteads on Exmoor and the Lay Subsidy of 1327 in West Somerset. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 127.
  • <3> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. E Dennison, Somerset County Council, 22 August 1985.
  • <4>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Somerset 45(7). [Mapped feature: #42184 ]
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 9 August 1995.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Getmapping. 2013. Vertical Aerial Photography of Exmoor National Park.
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap.
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 974439, Extant 11 August 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11269
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NW28
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 974439
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33610



Grid reference Centred SS 835 391 (81m by 85m) Historic mapping
Map sheet SS83NW

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Record last edited

Aug 11 2021 3:01PM


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