MSO7935 - Post-medieval brick and tile works at Porlock Weir (Monument)


A brick and tile works on the south side of Porlock Weir dock is shown as disused on the 1889 Ordnance Survey map. No traces remain.

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SS 86340 47963. The site of a brick kiln on the southern side of Porlock Weir dock. A brick kiln is shown, annotated as 'BK' on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889 [1]. It was part of the Brick and Tile Works (Disused) shown on the same map. It is not known when it was built but it is not shown on the Porlock Tithe Map of 1841 [2] and it must have gone by 1903 as it does not appear on the Ordnance Survey map [3] for that year. There is now no trace of the kiln; its site falls between two modern buildings: a craftshop and a house called the "Weighbridge". [4] A surface of cobbles and 19th to 20th Century machine made, perforated bricks were revealed during redevelopment of the garden at Weighbridge Cottage, in the area of where the Brick and Tile Works were marked on 1st Edition mapping. 19th to 20th Century ceramics and building materials were discovered on site. [5] In 1875 there was also a brick and tile company beside the inner harbour. [7] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [8] The site is mentioned in the 2022 Conservation Area Appraisal for Porlock Weir. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Somerset 34(1). [Mapped feature: #39356 ]
  • <2> Map: Cox, J. W.C.. 1841. Porlock Tithe Map and Apportionment. 13.3 inches : 1 mile.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. County Series; 2nd Edition (1st Revision) 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1903, Somerset 34(1).
  • <4> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 24 November 1994.
  • <5> Report: Freeman, J.. 2008. Archaeological Watching Brief at Weighbridge Cottage, Porlock Weir. South West Archaeology Ltd..
  • <6> Report: Fisher, J.. 2004. Porlock Weir: Conservation Area Character Appraisal. Exmoor National Park Authority. p7.
  • <7> Monograph: Corner, Dennis. 1992. Porlock in Those Days. Exmoor Books. p52.
  • <8> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 957689, Extant 8 February 2022.
  • <9> Report: Pratt, N. and Thurlow, T.. 2022. Porlock Weir Conservation Area: Appraisal document. Exmoor National Park Authority. p 5, 29.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 2 tidal
  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 3 tidal
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 2 tidal
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 3 tidal
  • Local Heritage List Status (Rejected)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE56
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 957689
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (0-20)
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (20-50)
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (50-100)
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 18067



Grid reference Centred SS 8633 4796 (76m by 94m)
Map sheet SS84NE

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Record last edited

Nov 1 2022 3:04PM


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