MSO8588 - Post-medieval cottages at Yellowcombe (Monument)


The remains of a post-medieval cottage, comprising a ruinous rectangular stone building measuring 9.5 metres by 5 metres and standing up to 1.5 metres high. It was one of a group of cottages shown on Ordnance Survey drawings of 1802-4.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

"Yellow Combe" printed on Ordnance Survey Archaeological Division six inch map - two areas of buildings and small enclosures. Reached by Yellowcombe Lane running north. [1] Aerial photographs show the site now derelict with short lengths of banks. [2-4] Mentioned in Aston's list of deserted settlements. [5] These remains comprise a ruinous rectangular building, 9.5 by 5 metres, of coursed local stone, standing up to 1.5 metres high, with two internal divisions. The building lies on the edge of Yellowcombe Lane at SS 9034 3900. These two cottages have now become Yellowcombe Cottage, which is currently in use. Yellowcombe is depicted on the early 19th Century Ordnance Survey large scale mapping of the area, when it consisted of 2 or 3 buildings and closes [6]. The Tithe Map and award of 1839 [7] depicts the ruined building as in use. It was a house and garden, occupied by Robert Lyddon, and part of Edbrooke Farm. Close by were two large fields, Higher and Lower Yellowcombe Meadow. Eighty metres to the southwest were two cottages and gardens, owned by William Clatworthy and part of Haughtons Farm, and a further building is shown c.70 metres to the west of these, owned by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland and occupied by John Norman, forming part of Halse and Townsend Cleeves. [8] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. 6" SS93SW.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3351.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: 1971. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 91, September. 8695.
  • <4> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS9033D.
  • <5> 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. 100-101.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1802. Ordnance Survey drawing 42 part 1 - Minehead 16. 3 inch : 1 Mile (1:21,120). Pen and Ink.
  • <7>XY Map: 1839. Winsford Tithe Map and Apportionment. Land parcels 782, 783, 784, 797, 1051. [Mapped feature: #39466 ]
  • <8> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1997.
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1095075, Extant 2 May 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11700
  • Local Heritage List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 SW25
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1095075
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34259



Grid reference Centred SS 9033 3384 (261m by 134m)
Map sheet SS93SW

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Record last edited

Mar 24 2023 5:34PM


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