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HER Number:MDV104463
Name:Higher Westwater Farm


A 19th century farmstead close to the banks of the River Yarty.


Grid Reference:SY 275 999
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Unknown date)

Full description

Devon and Somerset County Councils, 2000-2002, Historic Farmsteads Database, BH047 (Machine readable data file). SDV349681.

An attractively positioned 19th century farmstead close to the banks of the Yarty. It was massively rebuilt and extended in the mid-19th century to provide a courtyard of open-fronted cattlesheds. Buildings from both phases remain. Planned courtyard. A 19th century courtyard, north of the farmhouse, which is terraced into the hillslope along its north side, and revetted into the slope to the south. A bank barn and stable to the north side were built at the same time as a cart shed to the east. Both appear on the Tithe map. To the south, and opening out of the yard, is a shippon and cider house, which also appear on the tithe map, but the building is shown to extend further to the west. By 1889, the south, west and part of the north side were open-fronted cowsheds constructed on the site of some earlier buildings. Pigsties were constructed to the rear of the open-fronted cattleshed in the late 19th century. The owner reports that the south wing of the house was a mill, fed by a leat. However, the leat does not appear on the 1889 Ordnance Survey map. A historic farmyard cobbled surface.

Thorp, J., 2003, Higher Westwater, BH047001-BH047010 (Ground Photograph). SDV351558.

Thorp, J., 2003, Higher Westwater, BH047011, BH047021-BH047022 (Un-published). SDV351559.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV349681Machine readable data file: Devon and Somerset County Councils. 2000-2002. Historic Farmsteads Database. BH047.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #63939 ]
SDV351558Ground Photograph: Thorp, J.. 2003. Higher Westwater. Blackdown Hills Historic Farmstead Survey. Digital. BH047001-BH047010.
SDV351559Un-published: Thorp, J.. 2003. Higher Westwater. Blackdown Hills Historic Farmstead Survey. Digital. BH047011, BH047021-BH047022.

Associated Monuments

MDV104518Parent of: Bank Barn, Higher Westwater Farm (Building)
MDV104464Parent of: Cart Shed, Higher Westwater Farm (Building)
MDV81515Parent of: Higher Westwater Farmhouse, Higher Westwater Farm (Building)
MDV104522Parent of: Open-Fronted Cattleshed, Higher Westwater Farm (Building)
MDV104523Parent of: Pigsties, Higher Westwater Farm (Building)
MDV104465Parent of: Shippon and Cider House, Higher Westwater Farm (Building)
MDV104521Parent of: Stable, Higher Westwater Farm (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 16 2013 10:23AM