MSO8738 - Castle Farm, Hawkridge (Monument)


The remains of a mid 18th Century farmstead are visible as the ruins of a three roomed longhouse and walled enclosure.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Hawkidge Tithe Map shows Castle Farm as a working farm. [1,2] Castle Farm, the ruins of a mid 18th Century three roomed longhouse and walled enclosure, with pens in the fields. Shown as a ruin on the 1840s Tithe Map for Hawkridge. The chimney remained until the 1950s. [1,3] SS 8845 2977. The remains of a building are located in the deciduous woodland of Hawkridge Ridge Wood. It is situated in a bend in the River Barle some 100 metres due east of Brewer's Castle (MSO8863), about 180 metres above Ordnance Datum. The remains consist of a rectangular stone building, about 18 metres east to west by 5.5 metres between the centres of a wall about 1.3 metres high and 0.8 metres wide overall, now covered in scrub and brambles. It is subdivided into three compartments and is not a true longhouse as such. No entrances are evident. It is fronted by an enclosed yard, about 16 metres east to west by 10 metres, on its south side and there is a smaller yard, 8 metres north to south by 6 metres, on the west. It is shown, unannotated, on the 1890 Ordnance Survey map [3] when the enclosed field to the east was pasture. It is now partly wooded. The name Castle Farm was not verified but the remains are compatible with a small farmstead of the mid 18th Century. No Survey Action. [1, 4-6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Map: 1841. Hawkridge Tithe Map and Apportionment. Land parcel 6.
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. M Aston, Somerset County Council, 30 bNovember 1977.
  • <3> Monograph: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1990. Yesterday's Exmoor. Exmoor Books. 9-10.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890 (Surveyed 1888), Somerset 57(13).
  • <5> Article in serial: Aston, M.. 1983. Deserted Farmsteads on Exmoor and the Lay Subsidy of 1327 in West Somerset. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 127. Volume 127 (1982), 102.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 17 January 1996.



Grid reference Centred SS 8845 2978 (78m by 84m)
Map sheet SS82NE
Historic Parish HAWKRIDGE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11743
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8707
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 82 NE19
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 82 NE30
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1050142
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 9744007
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34311

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Mar 22 2021 10:06AM


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