MSO7453 - Woodlands Deserted Farmstead (Monument)


Woodlands farmstead was documented in 1506-56, and shown on the Tithe Map of 1843. A cottage is depicted on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch map of 1891 and footings of one building were still visible in 1977.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

As part of a parish survey, Mr Williams has drawn attention to a deserted farm site at Woodlands, SS 958378. (Woodlands Cottages shown as extant buildings on OS 6 inch 1891 at SS 95923775). [1] SS 959377. Deserted farmstead of Woodlands. A house and farm buildings are shown on the 1843 Tithe Map. The farm site is approached by a holloway from the east and is situated in a sheltered hollow facing east just below the crest of the hill. There are the remains of ruined rectangular stone buildings cut back into the hillside (M Aston, fieldwork 2 May 1976). [2-4] The foundations of a house still occupied in 1871 are still visible. [5] SS 9591 3778. Former farm of Woodland mentioned in the Court Book of 1506-56. [6] Woodland was mentioned in the Luxborough Eve Court Book [6]. It was absorbed by Westcott Farm in 1806. The foundations of the house are still visible and the house was still occupied in 1871. [8] The site of the deserted post Medieval farmstead of Woodland described by the previous authorities is noted to be surrounded by a curvilinear banked enclosure of unknown date. The enclosure is partly defined by a surviving hedge bank on the western side and has an opening to the south-west. To the east of the site of the farmstead are a number of ditches which are the remains of water meadows associated with the farmstead. These and the curvilinear enclosure around the farmstead were seen as earthworks and mapped from aerial photographs. [6, 9-13]

Sources/Archives (13)

  • <1> Article in serial: Aston, M.. 1976/1977. Somerset Archaeology 1976. Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society. 121. P.117.
  • <2> Map: 1843. Luxborough Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <3> 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. P.95.
  • <4> Article in serial: Aston, M.. 1976. Medieval Village Research Group Report. 24. P.9.
  • <5> Article in serial: Aston, M.. 1977. Medieval Village Research Group Report. 25. P.15.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Unknown. 1506-1556. Luxborough Eve Court Book.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. Chargot Documents.
  • <8> Article in serial: Williams, E.F.. 1978. Parish surveys in Somerset two: Luxborough. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society. 2. 13.
  • <9> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 9537.
  • <10> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 543/2821 (F62) 141 27-APR-1964.
  • <11> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980/4337 11-APR-1947.
  • <12> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3295.
  • <13> Collection: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS93NE.



Grid reference Centred SS 9592 3773 (77m by 83m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS93NE

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Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO200
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11372
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NE16
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36637
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33727
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33728
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33729

Record last edited

Oct 30 2018 11:35AM


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