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HER Number:MDV11230
Name:Great Trill Farmhouse, Axminster


Great Trill is documented in 1173. The present farmhouse, however, dates to the 18th century but an 18th century barn on the north side of the farmyard incorporates a 16th century manor house.


Grid Reference:SY 290 956
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NE/22
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (Built, XVIII - 1701 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

DOE, 1960, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131862.

Rubble built with slate roof. Brick stacks. 'l'-shaped plan of two storeys. Xviii (doe, 1960).

DOE, 1983, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131863.

Great trill farmhouse. C18 stone rubble house with dressed quoins and rendered front. Stone roof with stone coping to gable ends. Band at first floor level. Two storeys. Four window range. Sashes with glazing bars, four of which are tripartite sashes. Doorway to left of centre with modern glazed porch. Brick ridge and end stacks. Wing at rear forming l-shaped plan may be earlier, and has hipped roof. Shield reset in west gable is the arms of the drakes of ashe (doe, 1983).

NMR CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV131864.

Vis=18/11/1975 (os) all 16c doorways + mullioned windows are blocked. A continuous drip-mould, now damaged, runs along s wall (nmr citing os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131865.

Lysons, d. + s. /magna britannia/6(1822)23.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131866.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131867.

Polwhele, r. /history of devonshire/(1797)296.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131868.

Wilkin, w. H. /tda/68(1936)365/axminster notes, part 2.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131869.

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

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131870.

Doe/hhr:axminster rd/(1960)provisional list.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV131871.


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

Vis=3/9/1957(os) the remains of this manor house are now used as part of a barn.

Wilkin, W. H., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV31915.

Held by the drake's of ashe for more than two centuries. An escutcheon with the arms of drake and the red hand of ulster is built into the wall of the house (wilkin).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV335.

Great trill. The farmhouse is supposedly early 17th century, with extant remains of tudor buildings in the yards. The earliest reference to great trill is 1173 (hoskins).

Clements, H. A., 1994, Survey of Farmsteads in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills, Plan and photo (Report - Survey). SDV344050.

The 18th century barn on the north side of the farmyard incorporates a 16th century manor house. The present farmhouse is 18th century.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 1118 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Great Trill was 'Forda' in Domesday. It was held together with Little Trill. Present Great Trill farmhouse is c. 17th/18th century in date. The 18th century barn to northwest incorporates remains of 16th century manor house. House and barn Listed Grade II.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV131862Migrated Record: DOE, 1960.
SDV131863Migrated Record: DOE, 1983.
SDV131864Report - Survey: NMR CITING OS.
SDV131865Migrated Record:
SDV131866Migrated Record:
SDV131867Migrated Record:
SDV131868Migrated Record:
SDV131869Migrated Record:
SDV131870Migrated Record:
SDV131871Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV31915Migrated Record: Wilkin, W. H..
SDV335Migrated Record:
SDV344050Report - Survey: Clements, H. A.. 1994. Survey of Farmsteads in the Devon Part of the Blackdown Hills. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. Plan and photo.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #71696 ]
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. 1118.

Associated Monuments

MDV79758Part of: Great Trill Farm, Axminster (Monument)
MDV18792Related to: Great Trill Manor House, Axminster (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4655 - Survey of Farmsteads in the Blackdown Hills

Date Last Edited:May 23 2019 5:12PM