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Monument Number 35797

Hob Uid: 35797
Location :
West Somerset
Withypool And Hawkridge
Grid Ref : SS8564030120
Summary : The remains of the deserted medieval farmstead of Slade are visible as an area of earthworks and stone banks. It was probably occupied from at least 1327 until between 1841 and 1887.
More information : SS 857302. Deserted medieval farmstead of Slade, indicated in the
1327 Lay Subsidy by the entry of Nicholas atte Slade ? (a). The 1841 Tithe Map indicates an estate of 36 acres (b).
(The farmstead of Slade is shown and named at SS 85703010 on OS 1" 1809). (1)

The remains of a deserted farmstead lie on the south-facing slope between Dane's Brook and Slade Lane centred at SS 85643012 above Slade Bridge. The site presently consists of an area of earthworks and stone banks upslope of a leat leading to a spring towards the centre of the field. The field has other more slight earthworks resulting from the removal of hedge banks.

The site of the building at Slade is shown on the Tithe Map of 1841 (1b). The remains in the field are quite amorphous with a platformed area 31.4m by 10.4m, cut up to 2m deep into the slope at the eastern end. The length of the platform is divided roughly into four areas by rows of raised ground which appear to correspond to walls. At the eastern end there is an easing which leads directly down towards the spring.

The medieval site of Slade farm (1a) appears to have been inhabited, if perhaps not continuously, until some time between 1841 (1b) and 1887 (2) by which time it is no longer shown. It is suggested that it was deserted later rather than earlier during this time span (3).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Page(s) : 93, 102
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Vol(s) : 127, 1983
Source Number : 1a
Source : Somerset Record Society [series]
Source details : Kirby's Quest for Somerset, (Ed F H Dickinson)
Page(s) : 178
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Vol(s) : 3, 1889
Source Number : 1b
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Hawkridge Tithe Map 1841 (SRO D/D/Rt 321)
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Source Number : 2
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : Ordnance Survey 1887 1:2500 Somerset Sheet 56:11
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Source Number : 3
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Tom Lock, The Old Post Office, Hawkridge, Dulverton
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Chapman HP 09-FEB-1995 RCHME Field Investigation
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Farmstead
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Farmstead
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 34334
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 83 SE 16
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31