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HER Number:MDV1976
Name:Kipscombe Deserted Medieval Settlement


Site of a small deserted Medieval settlement at Kipscombe on a spur to the east of Northland Corner


Grid Reference:SS 677 391
Map Sheet:SS63NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBratton Fleming
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRATTON FLEMING

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Deserted medieval settlement at Kipscombe east of Northland Corner

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 34543
  • National Monuments Record: SS 63 NE 17
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS63NE/5
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS63NE17
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS63NE19

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Unknown, 1840-1849, Bratton Fleming (Cartographic). SDV343086.

Land on which this site lies was a 95-acre holding known as South Kipscombe in the hands of Caius College, Cambridge in 1839. No buildings or other settlement features shown on Tithe map.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 31 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Kipscombe documented in 1249, 1330, 1359 and 1492.

Royal Air Force, 1947, CPE/UK/2082, 4099 (Aerial Photograph). SDV343041.

A small deserted settlement site on a spur in Bratton Fleming parish. One or two small closes, visible on aerial photograph.

Whybrow, C., 1966, Bratton Fleming on the Ground, 80 (Article in Serial). SDV339954.

Early hedgebanks in the area.

Grinsell, L. V., 1970, The Archaeology of Exmoor, 214 (Monograph). SDV1641.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1973, SS63NE17 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV343084.

Extends across the neck of the promontory. Remains of what are probably three long houses, and several raised bank enclosures, possible garden can be identified. Features are well preserved. Other details: Plan.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SS63NE19 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV343085.

Tentatively equated with ancient camp on Bratton Down described in the 19th century.

Griffith, F. M., 1987, DAP/HW, 14-15 (Aerial Photograph). SDV337520.

Heard, L., 1989, A Deserted Medieval Village? (Un-published). SDV343089.

Project included field survey, documentary research and aerial photograph work. Piece of Medieval pot found on site. Various additional features observed in the vicinity.

Timms, S. C., 1989, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV343088.

Visited on 13th december 1989. Earthworks remain in stable condition. One good longhouse. Trackway from road also visible as earthwork. Aerial photographs and survey of site carried out in 1988/9. Site is on public bridleway and to be safeguarded during new planting of valley slopes.

National Monuments Record, 2007 - 2009, National Monuments Record Index incorporating Exmoor National Park National Mapping Programme for SS63NE (National Monuments Record Database). SDV343039.

The remains of Kipscombe deserted medieval village are visible on a promontory west of Wallover Wood, Bratton Fleming. They comprise a series of well preserved earthworks and banks including the remains of three long houses. Further down the slope to the north the remains of two lynchets are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs. The settlement is smaller than that at North Thorne in Bratton Fleming but the two are probably contemporary. Other details: Monument Number 34543.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 31.
SDV1641Monograph: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Archaeology of Exmoor. The Archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgewater. A5 Hardback. 214.
SDV337520Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1987. DAP/HW. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 14-15.
SDV339954Article in Serial: Whybrow, C.. 1966. Bratton Fleming on the Ground. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 98. A5 Hardback. 80.
SDV343039National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2007 - 2009. National Monuments Record Index incorporating Exmoor National Park National Mapping Programme for SS63NE. National Monuments Record Index. A4 Unbound.
SDV343041Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. CPE/UK/2082. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4099.
SDV343084Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1973. SS63NE17. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV343085Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SS63NE19. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV343086Cartographic: Unknown. 1840-1849. Bratton Fleming. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).
SDV343088Personal Comment: Timms, S. C.. 1989.
SDV343089Un-published: Heard, L.. 1989. A Deserted Medieval Village?. A4 Single Sheet.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4547 - Exmoor National Park National Mapping Programme

Date Last Edited:Sep 22 2009 9:09AM