MSO9266 - Possible deserted farmstead at Luckwell (Monument)


A deserted farmstead site at Luckwell is shown on the Cutcombe Tithe Map. Field investigation in 1997 could reveal no trace of any settlement but aerial photographs taken in 1947 show features of relatively modern origin.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Cutcombe Tithe Map shows two buildings numbered 509 at approximately SS 9230 3902 and described as House etc., under the heading of 'Luckwell (part of)', occupied by Richard Snow and owned by Bouverie Honble Philip Pleydell. [1] A wall or bank forming a small enclosure with straight walls or banks remaining radiating from it were noted on aerial photographs. It was suggested to be the site of Luckwell Farm. [2,3] The owner of Watercombe had no knowledge of this site and was not aware of any surface remains. [4] A walled circular enclosure with straight walls radiating from it has been recorded centred at SS 9235 3890 [3]. These features were identified on the vertical aerial photographs of the area and were plotted as part of the Brendon Hills Mapping Project, although they are thought unlikely to be of any great antiquity and are probably of modern origin. [2,5] The northern mapped area for this record includes an area marked as an old quarry on the 2st Edition Ordnance Survey map. These earthworks are shown unlabelled on the 1st Edition map. [6,7] Cattle market shown at south end on 1980 map where the aerial photograph mark lay. [8] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Map: [Unknown]. 1842. Cutcombe Tithe Map and Apportionment. Pen and Ink. Land parcel 509.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 4298-9 (11 April 1947).
  • <3> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. SS9238C.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 4 November 1997.
  • <5> Collection: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS93NW.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. County Series; 2nd Edition (1st Revision) 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1980. 1:10000 Map, 1980. 1:10000. SS93NW.
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1089145, Extant 2 May 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO553
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11184
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NW23
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1089145
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33514



Grid reference Centred SS 923 389 (107m by 217m)
Map sheet SS93NW

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Record last edited

Aug 2 2022 10:08AM


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