Bossington Barns, Bossington, Selworthy, Holnicote Estate

Record ID:  115229 / MNA141020
Record type:  Building
Protected Status: None Recorded
NT Property:  Holnicote Estate; South West
Civil Parish:  Selworthy; West Somerset; Somerset
Grid Reference:  SS 8974 4792
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Group of 18th/19th century farm buildings of a farm which was in centre of Bossington village, Selworthy, Holnicote Estate, Somerset.

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Monument Types

  • AGRICULTURAL BUILDING (Early 19th C to Early 20th C - 1812 AD to 1929 AD)


A group of buildings in traditional materials on level ground with the old yards and gardens around them, the remaining buildings of a farm which was in the centre of Bossington village. The threshing barn (barn E) is the oldest remaining on the site. The original farmhouse appears to have been 16th or early 17thC, with stair turret, mullioned window, thatched roof. Had gone by 1889, possibly due to fire.

Building A: Garden store
Single cell late 19thC building, roughly coursed rubble stone with larger stone at quoins. Triple roll tile roof with bargeboards on gable ends. Fair repair. Important feature: external appearance.
Building B: Cowshed/deer culling hut
Single cell late 19th C rectangular building with gable-ended double Roman tile roof. Walls of waterworn stone with brick quoins and jambs. Good repair. Important features: external appearance.
Building C:
Large single storey building, early 20thC, with pair of large doors facing north onto yard. Planking and weatherboarded walls, double Roman tile roof over 3 A-frame trusses. Poor state of repair, no important features.
Building D: stable
Early 20thC single storey single cell building with gable ends. Walls of quarried red sandstone, squared and coursed in quoins and jambs, double Roman tiled roof. Good state of repair, important features: external appearance - the only completely red sandstone building in Bossington.
Building E: threshing barn
Early 19thC rectangular single cell building with gable ended roof. Originally one and a half storey, 4 bay threshing barn with opposed pairsa of threshing doors. Walls of waterworn rubble stone with larger stone in quoins and jambs, cheeks, good stonework. Double Roman tiled roof, two courses extending down over threshing doors, over 3 A frame trusses. Fair state of repair. Important features: external appearance with threshing doors and cheeks, beams that supported loft floor, threshing doors.l
Building E1: garden store
Late 19thC addition on NE end of barn, single cell with gabled roof. Rubble stone walls, larger stone in quoins, double Roman tile roof over ridge and purlins. Fair state of repair. Important feature: external appearance. [1]

Surveyed in 2001: A group of four buildings on level ground in the heart of Bossington village, the remnant of the farm (115174) that was on the corner opposite Rose Cottage (115006) and Wayside (115007). The threshing barn is the oldest and largest building surviving on the site, for all that it is small as a threshing barn. It is stone and tile with one pair of opposing threshing doors. The stable is later and near the barn, with the cowshed (later the deer culling hut, now disused) and the machinery shed to the northeast, and opening in that direction. Lean-tos on the machinery shed, the only one constructed of wood, are used by Kitnors (115010). [2]

Recent aerial photograph from 2019 shows that Building C has now been demolished. [3]


  • <1> SZN48158 - Vernacular Building Survey: National Trust. 1992. VBS: Bossington Barns, Holnicote. 115229.

  • <2>XY SZN48220 - Unpublished document: Isabel Richardson. 2001. Holnicote Estate Archaeological Survey, Somerset. 115229. [Mapped feature: #182128 ]

  • <3> SNA69199 - Aerial Photograph: Google. Various. Google Earth Imagery. 1:2500. 9/2019 imagery.


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Other Statuses and References

  • HER/SMR Reference (External) (Exmoor NP HER): MEM22142
  • HER/SMR Reference (External) (Exmoor NP HER): MEM22143

Associated Events

  • ENA10577 - Heritage Assessment, Vernacular Building Surveys within the Holnicote Estate, 1991-1997
  • ENA3149 - Field Survey, Archaeological Survey of the Holnicote Estate 2001

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