MSO8354 - Blackwell Farmstead (Monument)


A deserted farmstead which in 1841 had an estate of 50 acres and a farmhouse but appears to have been deserted by the creation of the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1888. Barns and sheds shown on the tithe map are still extant.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Characteristic small enclosures and field banks shown on OSAD 6" and OS 25" maps. [1] In 1841 this was an estate of 50 acres with a farmhouse. It is now deserted - there is a platform on the steep side on a N-facing hill. Barns and sheds remain as shown in 1841 and to the E there is a large terraced platform with stone foundations and earthworks of the house site aligned N-S across the slope. [3] it is not depicted on the first edition Ordnance Survey map of 1888, it was presumably abandoned between the creation of this map and the Tithe Map. [7,9] The site can be seen on aerial photographs. [4-6,10] A nearby water meadow and extant enclosure may be associated with the settlement.

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. 6" ST03NW.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1904. 25" sheet. 47(11).
  • <3> 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. 100.
  • <4> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 0037.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 4328.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Meridian Air Maps. 1981. Infrared False Colour Aerial Photography. 4909.
  • <7> Map: 1841. Treborough Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <8> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: ST 03 NW. MD002177.
  • <9> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1888.
  • <10> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 58 /5159 (F21) 205-06 04-JUN-1962.



Grid reference Centred ST 008 375 (340m by 99m)
Map sheet ST03NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO431
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11638
  • National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 NW52
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 975356
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34139

Record last edited

Aug 15 2017 3:44PM


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