Butter well, Brandish Street, Holnicote Estate

Record ID:  115655 / MNA168191
Record type:  Monument
Protected Status: None Recorded
NT Property:  Holnicote Estate; South West
Civil Parish:  Selworthy; West Somerset; Somerset
Grid Reference:  SS 9066 4662
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Summary

The little stone-built butter well at Brandish Street was probably built in the 19c, though it may be earlier.

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Monument Types

  • BUTTER WELL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Description

The little stone-built butter well at Brandish Street was probably built in the 19c, though it may be earlier. The rearrangement of the roads in the 1970s meant that the new route would cut through the site, and so it was moved to its present position, between the old and the new bridges. It is a small domed structure with an opening on the north side, the base is set slightly below ground level. Butter wells normally have some water in them, they acted as refrigerators by keeping milk and butter cool. They are often built into a bank and therefore keep a cool and even temperature.

Condition: good, except that vegetation quickly grows over it and hides it.

[Note: details of original site not recorded!]

References

  • SNA65075 - Unpublished document: Isabel J Richardson. 2007. Brandish Street Farm Archaeological Survey.

  • SZN48220 - Unpublished document: Isabel Richardson. 2001. Archaeological Survey of the Holnicote Estate, Somerset.

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Associated Events

  • ENA3149 - Field Survey, Archaeological Survey of the Holnicote Estate 2001
  • ENA6548 - Field Survey, Brandish Street Farm Archaeological Survey 2007

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