MSO8733 - Westwater Linhay, north of West Water (Monument)


Westwater Linhay is visible as wall footings and associated platforms. One gable wall is preserved in the adjacent field bank. The complex may have been an outfarm.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Centred at SS 8528 3398 on a natural platform to the north of West Water is an area of earthworks to the west of Westwater Linhay. The walls of the Linhay building survive mostly at ground level except for the northern gable which preserved in the field bank. This decay has been recent as the Linhay's roof was lost within the last couple of years [1]. The earthworks to the west create a large platformed area, 40 metres long, above the track with a division half way along its length. The platform is cut by a later field bank. The site's relationship to the surrounding farms suggests that it might have been an outfarm. [2,3] The site is depicted and labelled on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. It consists of two parallel rectangular buildings centred at SS 8527 3297. [4] The buildings are similarly depicted on the Tithe Map for Winsford, within a small land parcel labelled 1148. The Apportionment describes this as "Barn etc", part of West Water and Lower Worth. [5] The site is shown as earthworks on the 2021 MasterMap data. It is labelled "Westwater Linhay (remains of)". [6] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. Mrs Branfield, Westwater Farm, Withypool.
  • <2> Technical drawing: Wilson-North, R. and Chapman, H.. 1995. Westwater Linhay/ink survey . 1:2500. Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Chapman, H.P.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 26 April 1995.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <5> Map: 1839. Winsford Tithe Map and Apportionment. Land parcel 1148.
  • <6>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #47152 ]
  • <7> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1028679, Extant 1 February 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 8526 3297 (82m by 37m)
Map sheet SS83SE
Historic Parish WINSFORD

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12576
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SE53
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1028679
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35783

Record last edited

Feb 1 2022 4:28PM


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