MSO7470 - Ditch farmstead (Monument)


Ditch farmstead was documented in 1506-1556. The farmhouse was demolished in 1948, but the remains of the cowshed are still visible with exposed roof timbers and two late medieval doorways.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The deserted farmstead of Ditch was noted in the Court Rolls of 1506-1556. [1] Absorbed by Westcott Farm in 1789 and in 1825 the eastern 31 acres was transferred to Newcombe Farm. House pulled down after 1948. Dilapidated cow-shed remains built of cob and stone with original roof timbers and two late medieval doorways. Linhay nearby. [2] Ordnance Survey 1962 6"map marks area as "Ditch cottage". [3]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Collection: DD.X.WIS C.2768.
  • <2> Article in serial: Williams, E.F.. 1978. Parish surveys in Somerset two: Luxborough. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society. 2. 13.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. 6" SS93NE.
  • <4> 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. 95.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3295.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: September 19. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 97. 8784.
  • <7> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 9637.



Grid reference Centred SS 9689 3781 (115m by 45m)
Map sheet SS93NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11376
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NE53
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1128059
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33732

Record last edited

May 21 2018 10:27AM


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