MSO9411 - Medieval and post-medieval shambles, High Street, Dunster (Monument)

Summary

The site of the medieval shambles, along the centre of the wide main street of Dunster, removed in 1825 due to its dilapidated state.

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Full Description

[SS 9915 4380] Site of Shambles [NR] [1, 8] Not many years ago the wide main street of Dunster was divided down the middle by a row of sheds or shambles, but becoming derelict they were removed. [2, 6] The site of the shambles is now used as a car park. [3, 7] All the timber houses and shambles in the middle of the main street, except the Yarn Market (MSO9413) were pulled down in 1825, a new market house having been built. [4] Additional bibliography. [5] The site is mentioned in Dunster's Conservation Area character appraisal (2002), which states "The High Street, originally known as Chepyng Strete had a central range of buildings - The Shambles - alongside the Yarn Market, which are thought to have been demolished in the 1820s." [9] "By 1423 a range of open stalls had been built in the centre of North Street to augment the number of permanent shops and to provide for the ever-growing body of customers. Users of these stalls paid dues to the bailiffs while the keepers of the Shambles with the other officers helped regulate the business of the market." It was pulled down in 1825 due to its dilapidated state. [10] An engraving by Thomas Higham from a drawing by J Buckler in 1821 shows the main street and castle in Dunster. This includes a view of the Shambles as it stood at this time. This was a single storey open sided timber framed range that ran down the centre of the street from the Yarn Market, terminating at and abutting a building at the southern end. It had a low pitched, tiled or slated roof. [11] A map dating from 1790 depicts the location of the Shambles. [12]

Sources/Archives (12)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . OS 25" 1929.
  • <2> Monograph: Barrett, C.R.B. 1894. Somerset Highways, Byways and Waterways. p324.
  • <3> Unpublished document: PITCHER, GHP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 10 June 1965.
  • <4> Article in serial: Maxwell Lyte, H.C.. 1880. Dunster and its Lords. Archaeological Journal. 37. Parts 1 to 4, pp57-93, 155-179, 271-293, 395-405. 291, 403.
  • <5> Monograph: Collinson, J.. 1791 (2006). The History and Antiquities of Somerset. Archive CD Books Ltd. 15.
  • <6> Monograph: Barrett, C.R.B. 1894. Somerset Highways, Byways and Waterways.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1965. SS94SE. 5.
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1929. County Series, 3rd Edition 25 inch map. 1:25,000.
  • <9> Unpublished document: Fisher, J.. 2002. Dunster Conservation Area Character Appraisal. p9.
  • <10> Monograph: Binding, H.. Discovering Dunster. The Exmoor Press. p6, 12.
  • <11> Monograph: Savage, J.. 1830. A History of the Hundred of Carhampton. Illustration in inside front cover.
  • <12>XY Map: Unknown. 1790. Map of Dunster. 5 chains: 1 inch. [Mapped feature: #39100 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9915 4376 (20m by 77m)
Map sheet SS94SE
Civil Parish DUNSTER, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12016
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SE5
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36860
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34815

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Jan 7 2020 4:02PM

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