MSO9112 - Kits Well (Monument)


Kitswell has been suggested to be a contraction of "St Christopher's Well". This may or may not be a feature associated with Kitswell Farm, or Higher Kitswall.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Kitswell is said by FW Weaver to be a contraction of St Christopher's Well but no-one in the area knows of its location. [1] Kitswell Farm is at SS 970 426 in Exmoor National Park and was historically in Carhampton parish. [2] This site is recorded as PRN 33455 on Somerset HER; however, as it refers to a location within the National Park boundary, this record has been updated to reflect its contents. N.B. It is noticeable that Higher Kitswall to the southeast may also have been the location of the well; for example, a well is marked on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map at SS 9720 4254. This has been mapped as an alternative location for the site. [2-4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Monograph: Horne, E. 1923. Holy Wells of Somerset. 51.
  • <2>XY Archive: South West Heritage Trust. 1977-. Somerset Historic Environment Record. PRN 33455; Chris Webster, 29 November 2017. [Mapped feature: #44405 Possible site 1: Kitswall Farm, ]
  • <3>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. [Mapped feature: #46432 Possible site 2: Well marked on 1st Edition map, ]
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 30 April 2018.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 975681, Extant 31 May 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Local List Status (Rejected)
  • National Monuments Record reference: ST 04 SW58
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 975681
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33455



Grid reference Centred SS 9711 4259 (185m by 93m) (2 map features)
Map sheet SS94SE
Historic Parish CARHAMPTON
Historic Parish DUNSTER

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Record last edited

May 31 2022 9:21AM


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