MSO9198 - Group of deserted farmsteads southwest of Dunkery Bridge (Monument)

Summary

Two or possibly three deserted farms are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks and possible structures within an area enclosed by substantial post-medieval field boundaries.

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Type and Period (3)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A small group of enclosures with 2 or 3 possible building remains were noted on aerial photographs at the end of track. A second site is a possible building with small banks and the remains of a small square buildings. Possible deserted farms. [1-3] Nothing shown on 1904 map. [4] Not mentioned in Aston's list. [5] Two or possibly three deserted farmsteads are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks and possible structures to the west and southwest of Dunkery Bridge. The farms are centred on circa SS 8897 4071, SS 8926 4049 and SS 8943 4040, within an area of Codsend Moors enclosed by substantial post-medieval field boundaries. Of the two farmsteads described above, only one possible structure, circa 10 by 8 metres in size can be seen at SS 8926 4049, although evidence for ridge and furrow cultivation is visible at this location. This farm is located at the northern end of an approach track about 16 metres wide and 100 long, defined by extant field boundaries. At SS 8943 4040 circa 200 metres to the southwest of Dunkery Bridge, a small complex of enclosures abut the north-west corner of a field. The structures appear to be levelled by 1947. A possible track or hollow way leads northwards from the remains to a crossroads or intersection of 2 hollow ways at circa SS 8946 4055, from which tracks lead towards Dunkery Hill and Dunkery Bridge. The third farmstead at SS 8897 4071 is defined by a complex of enclosures or yards 30 metres long and up to 19 wide, also abutting and partly formed by an extant field boundary. A track or hollow way also leads from this complex to the commons to the northwest. [6-11] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [12]

Sources/Archives (12)

  • <1> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS8940A.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. LHL/CPE/UK/1980 4303 (April 1947).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. HSL/UK/71-177 Run 89 8666 (September 1971).
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. County Series; 2nd Edition (1st Revision) 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. Somerset 46(2).
  • <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.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 543/2821 F64 152-3 (27 April 1967).
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 962-3 (29 April 1973).
  • <8> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 4270-1 (11 April 1947).
  • <9> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 8840/4 (18242/20) (10 February 1999).
  • <10> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAL/76067/170 (4 August 1976).
  • <11>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SE. MD002185. [Mapped feature: #41573 ]
  • <12> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36140, Extant 15 March 2022.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8922 4063 (645m by 496m) Centred on
Map sheet SS84SE
Civil Parish CUTCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO163
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11197
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE66
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36140
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33527

Record last edited

Mar 15 2022 12:13PM

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