England's Past for Everyone: Historic Environment Research

Matthew Bristow, 2012

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Exmoor, Somerset and Devon

The Exmoor project focused on 11 upland parishes in the area adjacent and to the south of the former royal forest of Exmoor. These parishes, Exmoor, Exford, Withypool, Hawkridge, Winsford, Dulverton, Brushford, West Ansty, East Ansty, Molland and Twitchen, formed a coherent study area, nominally called 'Southern Exmoor', which represented a unique research venture for the VCH as it crossed the county boundary between Somerset and Devon and focused on the area's unifying topography rather than on its administrative divisions.

The published paperback, Exmoor: the making of an English Upland, represented the result of a multi-disciplinary study in which the rigorously researched topographical history written to VCH guidelines by Robert Dunning and his successor as County Editor, Mary Siraut, was combined with field archaeology, standing buildings analysis, oral history testimony and landscape recording.

Much of this additional work was undertaken by a dedicated volunteer group, whose work surveying 19th century farmsteads identified the most significant post-enclosure farmsteads, namely Stone, Ashway, Lyshwell and Stetfold Rocks, which John Thorp and Jo Cox of Keystone Historic Buildings Consultants produced full interpretive surveys of. Following the work by Keystone, English Heritage artists Allan Adams and Nigel Fradgley produced reconstruction drawings of Stone, Ashway and Lyshwell, based on the Keystone survey work.

Report files:
Four Exmoor Farms by John Thorp and Jo Cox, Keystone Historic Buildings Consultants 2007, (report K727) PDF 330 Kb
Image files:

Plans and elevations of the four farms described in the report above.

Ashway_First_floor_flow PDF 34 Kb
Ashway_First_floor_plan PDF 40 Kb
Ashway_Ground_floor_flow PDF 42 Kb
Ashway_Ground_floor_plan PDF 53 Kb
Ashway_south_elevation PDF 39 Kb
Ashway_west_elevation PDF 42 Kb
Lyshwell_drbarn PDF 38 Kb
Lyshwell_drflow PDF 40 Kb
Lyshwell_drplan_ground PDF 49 Kb
Lyshwell_drshippon PDF 40 Kb
Stefold_drelevation_cross_barns PDF 35 Kb
Stefold_drelevation_north PDF 42 Kb
Stetfold_drflow_first_1 PDF 28 Kb
Stetfold_drflow_first_2 PDF 30 Kb
Stetfold_drflow_ground_1 PDF 35 Kb
Stetfold_drflow_ground_2 PDF 37 Kb
Stetfold_drplan_first PDF 106 Kb
Stetfold_drplan_ground PDF 84 Kb
Stetfold_drplan_lambshed PDF 30 Kb
Stone_dr_fstfloor_flow PDF 32 Kb
Stone_dr_gfloor_flow PDF 40 Kb
Stone_eastelev PDF 44 Kb
Stone_fstfloor PDF 36 Kb
Stone_gfloor PDF 46 Kb
Stone_northelev PDF 39 Kb


EXMOOR: THE MAKING OF AN ENGLISH UPLAND by Mary Siraut. Phillimore & Co. Ltd. ISBN 978-1-86077-597-0