Deserted Farmstead, Grexy Combe, North Hill, Holnicote Estate

Record ID:  115435 / MNA167488
Record type:  Monument
Protected Status: Scheduled Monument
NT Property:  Holnicote Estate; South West
Civil Parish:  Minehead Without; West Somerset; Somerset
Grid Reference:  SS 9404 4791
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Summary

A deserted medieval farmstead at the head of a small stream running west into Grexy Combe. The remains are well preserved,though overgrown in places. At least four building platforms are visible, defined by stony banks up to 0.4 m high. Some of the buildings occupy massively terraced platforms.

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Monument Types

  • FARMSTEAD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Description

A deserted medieval farmstead at the head of a small stream running west into Grexy Combe. At least four building platforms can be seen, with stony banks up to 0.4m high. Some of the buildings are on platforms heavily terraced into the hillside. The settlement may be related to the field system to the east (partially NT, NMR no 115441). The site was identified by Mrs B Osborn when she researched Minehead Without parish. Condition: good. [1]

The building platforms of the deserted farmstead were visible on aerial photographs and mapped as part of the Severn Estuary RCZAS mapping project in 2007 [3]. Scrub clearance was also carried in 2010-11. Further information, sources and photograph references are available in the Exmoor National Park HER record MSO7583. [2]

References

  • <1> SZN48220 - Unpublished document: Isabel Richardson. 2001. Holnicote Estate Archaeological Survey, Somerset. 115435.

  • <2>XY SNA69539 - Collection: Exmoor National Park Authority. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record (HER). MSO7583. [Mapped feature: #181120 ]

  • <3> SNA69537 - Report: Crowther, S and Dickson, A. 2008. Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey: National Mapping Programme. 36839.

Designations

Other Statuses and References

  • HER/SMR Reference (External) (Exmoor NP HER): MSO7583

Associated Events

  • ENA3149 - Field Survey, Archaeological Survey of the Holnicote Estate 2001
  • ENA10529 - Heritage Assessment, Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey: National Mapping Programme

Associated Finds

None Recorded

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