MSO8875 - Post-medieval farmstead at Little Shircombe (Monument)


The farmstead of Little Shircombe is shown as three buildings and small enclosures on the Tithe Map of 1841. The farm fell into disuse in the early 20th century and is now represented only by a barn.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A deserted medieval farm at Little Shircombe is recorded from aerial photos, which show two deserted buildings with banks making small enclosures. [1] The site is named"Little Shircombe" on OS maps. [3] Not mentioned by Aston. [5] Neither Little Shircombe nor Great Shircombe are depicted on the 1782 county map. [6] The tithe map of 1841 shows 3 buildings and 3 small enclosures at Little Shircombe. [9] By the end of the 19th Century only two of these buildings, still called Little Shircombe, remained: a house at SS 9367 3254 and a barn at SS 9366 3255. The third building was preserved in the irregular enclosure wall at SS 9369 3255, [10] Currently only the barn remains in use, worked from Shircombe Farm. The name Little Shircombe persists. [11] This documentary evidence suggests that a small farmstead, Little Shircombe, was established 1km north of Great Shircombe, probably in the early 19th century. It contracted in size between the middle and end of the 19th century. By the middle of the 20th century it was no longer a separate farm and only a barn remained in use. [12] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [13]

Sources/Archives (13)

  • <1> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS9332.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: 1971. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 93. 8721.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. 6" SS93SW.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. County Series; 2nd Edition (1st Revision) 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1904, 57(8).
  • <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. 71-104.
  • <6> Map: Day and Masters. 1782. County map of Somerset.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1802-4 3" sheet 42(1).
  • <8> Map: Greenwood. 1822. County map of Somerset.
  • <9> Map: 1841. Kings Brompton Tithe Map and Apportionment. 6 chains = 1 inch.
  • <10> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Somerset 57(8).
  • <11> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1973. 1:2500. 1:25,000. SS 9332.
  • <12> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. 1 November 1997.
  • <13> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1094987, Extant 9 May 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11111
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 SW13
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1094987
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33408



Grid reference Centred SS 9364 3253 (89m by 81m)
Map sheet SS93SW

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Record last edited

May 9 2022 1:38PM


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