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HER Number:MDV11219
Name:Higher Abbey Farm, Axminster


A farmhouse of 17th century date but extensively modernised. The house lies within the scheduled area of Newenham Abbey.


Grid Reference:SY 287 972
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/11
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131288.

Higher abbey farm.

DOE, 1960, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131290.

Rubble + thatched end brick stacks. L-shaped plan. ?17th century with use of older materials (doe, 1960).

DOE, 1983, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131292.

15/16th century. Stone rubble much restored. Two storey with circular stair turret at rear. End brick stacks. Jointed cruck trusses, stud and panel screen (doe, 1983).

AM, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131293.

Lies within area scheduled by sam 24843. Farmhouse itself is excluded from the designation, but the ground beneath is included (am).

NMR CITING OS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131295.

On nw a fragment of medieval stone tracery is built into the gable. Outbuildings exhibit no notable architectural features. Many fragments of carved stone from newenham abbey site heaped in kitchen garden (nmr citing os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131296.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131297.

Hoskins, w. G. /devon/(1954)324-325.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131298.

Des=timms, s. /30/9/1981 pers. Comm.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131299.

Doe/hhr:axminster rd/(1960)2.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131300.


Timms, S. C., Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV2.

Vis=30/9/1981 (timms) the farmhouse has recently been refurbished. A datestone of 1639 has been reset in one of the brick chimney stacks. A substantial group of outbuildings, which included the remains of the medieval abbey barn, has recently been demolished to the north of the farmhouse.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=17/12/1954 (os) the farmhouse is on the site of newenham abbey, and is of 16th and 17th century date.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 1139 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Higher Abbey Farm. Farmhouse c. 17th century date but extensively modernised. Listed Grade II. Lies within scheduled area of Newenham Abbey; house is not scheduled but ground on which it stands is included. Chapel shown on plan of 1616 presumably demolished when farmhouse built or possibly incorporated into farmhouse.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV131288Migrated Record:
SDV131290Migrated Record: DOE, 1960.
SDV131292Migrated Record: DOE, 1983.
SDV131293Migrated Record: AM.
SDV131295Migrated Record: NMR CITING OS.
SDV131296Migrated Record:
SDV131297Migrated Record:
SDV131298Migrated Record:
SDV131299Migrated Record:
SDV131300Migrated Record:
SDV2Report - Survey: Timms, S. C..
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. Site No. 1139.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 14 2016 11:14AM