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Old Park

Hob Uid: 36914
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Dunster
Grid Ref : SS9945043800
Summary : Medieval deer park at Dunster Castle. It was first documented in 1279 when it was known as Small Park. In 1330 it was known as Hanger Park and supported 50 deer. By the first half of the 18th century it was no longer used as a deer park. Only part of the park wall survives. The park is incorporated into Dunster Park which is an English Heritage registered park and garden.
More information : [SS 9945 4380] Old Park [NAT] (1)

Described in 1279 as the "small park" and in 1330 as the "Hanger", a
name which it bore until 1752 or later. Hanger Park, supporting about 50 deer was close the gardens of the houses on the east side of the High Street and separated from them by a wooden pale afterwards
replaced by a stone wall. One acre of it was occupied by a fishpond.
It is not known when it was converted to pasture but by the first half of the 18th century it was known not to have contained deer.

A new park (SS 94 SE 35) was created in 1755 which lay to the south of the medieval park and on higher ground. (2)

The only part of the park wall than now survives is behind the houses
in High Street (from SS 99204386 to SS 99214363). The rest of its
boundary is now undefined and does not seem to be shown on any map.
The fishpond cannot be traced. (3)

Additional bibliography. (4-5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1962
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Maxwell Lyte H C. 1909. History of Dunster 1 and 2, 160, 342-5
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 GHP 10-JUN-65
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Shirley E. 1867. English Deer Parks 1867, 97
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Dixon J. 1980. Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society Parish Surveys in Somerset 3: Carhampton, 7
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Source : Register of parks and gardens of special historic interest in England
Source details : Somerset
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Vol(s) : Part 37

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : First documented in 1279
Monument End Date : 1279
Monument Start Date : 1279
Monument Type : Deer Park
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Disparked during first half C18
Monument End Date : 1749
Monument Start Date : 1700
Monument Type : Deer Park
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33568
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 94 SE 23
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 36936
Relationship type : Is referred to by
Associated Monuments : 543248
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 94 SE 23
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1965-06-10
End Date : 1965-06-10
Associated Activities : Primary, OLD PARK, DUNSTER CASTLE
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2010-01-01
End Date : 2010-12-31