MSO9323 - Ashway Farmhouse, Dulverton (Building)


Ashway Farmhouse is possibly of 17th century date. Sir George Williams, the founder of the YMCA, was born here in 1821. It has been modernised considerably but still retains some original features.

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Ashway Farmhouse was possibly enlarged in the 17th century and extensively altered in the early 19th century, then refenestrated in the early 20th century. The building is roughcast over rubble, with parallel range slate roofs, overhanging eaves, end gables, and two external stone stacks. It was possibly a two cell and cross passage with a parallel range at the rear and a staircase inserted in through the passage. There are two storeys, four windows and a central gabled porch. The interior is much altered. It is listed primarily for historical interest as the birthplace of Sir George Williams (1821-1905), who founded the Young Mens Christian Association (YMCA) in 1844. A plaque commemorates him on the facade. [1] Ashway Farmhouse is a double depth house, which is built across the hillslope. It faces south across a walled front garden, the front end of which is built up with revetment walls. There is a narrow service yard off the drive at the back of the house. [2] The farmhouse was visited in January 1997. It was thought to be 19th Century in date, with one gable end in rubble stone and the other slate hung. The front had been refenestrated and painted. [3] The building was visited in February 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . 36th List, District of West Somerset. 04/08/1986.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments. SS83SE20, 10 January 1985.
  • <3> Report: Schofield, J.. 1997. Exmoor Farmsteads: An evaluation of old steadings within Exmoor National Park. Farm reference 168.
  • <4> Monograph: Dulverton and District Civic Society. 2002. The Book of Dulverton, Brushford, Bury and Exebridge. Halsgrove. P.45, 65, 67, Photograph.
  • <5> Report: Thorp, J.R.L.. 2007. Four Exmoor Farms. P. 1, 3.
  • <6> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.



Grid reference Centred SS 8687 3124 (17m by 12m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS83SE

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 1648/2/49
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10825
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SE20
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape / NRHE HOB UID: 35801
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31379

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Mar 29 2021 9:08PM


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