MSO7175 - Deserted farm of Lancecombe (Monument)


Lancecombe deserted farm is shown as a group of buildings on the Ordnance Survey 25" map of 1889. The scarcely discernible remains of a single building now mark the site.

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Type and Period (4)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Lancecombe Mine and deserted farm are recorded in the Somerset SMR. [1] Lancecombe Farm is shown on 1st edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889. [2] Lancecombe farm is now completely deserted and most traces of it obliterated. It lay on the eastern side of an un-named stream at SS 9441 3586. All that survives on the site are the remains of a building at SS 9439 3586, lying on the eastern bank of the stream. It is a rectangular structure defined by stony banks 1.1 m wide and 0.3 m high, being some 4 m wide and of unknown length. [3] Fragmentary remains of the farm were visible on vertical aerial photographs. A sub-square enclosure, partially marked on the OS map, is visible at SS 9440 3584. Linear ditches, probably drainage features are visible to the east at SS 9485 3585. [4] The 1840 Tithe Map shows that 'Landscombe' farm had two buildings, on a much smaller scale. [9]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. Somerset CC SMR 29 Sep 1986.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Somerset 46.16.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. R Wilson-North 16 Oct 97 RCHME Field Investigation.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. SCC CS969 4883 and 9696 05-NOV-1981.
  • <5> Collection: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS93NW.
  • <6> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 9435.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3343.
  • <8> Aerial photograph: September 19. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 95. 8754.
  • <9> Map: 1838. Exton Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <10> 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. 93.



Grid reference Centred SS 9441 3583 (58m by 108m) (Centred on)
Map sheet SS93NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO558
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11299
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NW30
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1089168
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33641

Record last edited

Jul 30 2018 10:07AM


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