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HER Number:MDV41872
Name:Littleham Manor, Exmouth

Summary

The bounds of the Saxon manor of Littleham equate fairly well with the later ecclesiastical parish.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 023 814
Map Sheet:SY08SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBudleigh Salterton
Civil ParishEast Budleigh
Civil ParishExmouth
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishEAST BUDLEIGH
Ecclesiastical ParishLITTLEHAM
Ecclesiastical ParishWITHYCOMBE RALEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Littleham parish boundary (part) which follows an 11th century Saxon boundary
  • SHINE: Traditional farm buildings marked on nineteenth century mapping at Woodlands Farm
  • SHINE: Earthworks associated with possible site of medieval mills and former catch (water)meadow, north of Pratthayes Farm
  • SHINE: Two historic ponds marked on the Parish Tithe Map circa 1840's, south-east of West Down Farm

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY08SW/234
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANOR (XI to XVI - 1001 AD to 1600 AD (Between))

Full description

Timms, S. C., 1976, The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft, 108 (Report - Survey). SDV341346.

Weddell, P. J. + Henderson, C. G., 1985, Excavations in Exmouth 1982-4, 38 (Article in Serial). SDV354905.

Weddell, P. J., 1986, The Excavation of Medieval and Later Houses and St. Margaret's Chapel, Exmouth 1982-1984, 107-141 (Article in Serial). SDV109145.

In 1042 Edward the Confessor granted an estate of half a hide at 'Lytlanhamme' to Ordgar. Analysis of the bounds indicate that the estate equated fairly closely with the ecclesiastical parish of Littleham. By Domesday Ordgar had granted the estate to Horton Abbey, Dorset. The domesday assessment of Littleham was half a hide; there were 15 villagers and 20 smallholders who held 8 ploughs, with one in lordship, the whole valued at 40 shillings. By the 16th century the manor was known as Littleham and Exmouth.

Hooke, D., 1990, Studies on Devon Charter Boundaries, 194 (Article in Serial). SDV140514.

The 1042 boundary clause can still be followed without difficulty.

Turton, S. D., 2009, Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Exmouth Strand Enhancement Scheme, Exmouth, Devon, 9 (Report - Assessment). SDV344641.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

James, T., 26/10/2012, Land at Plumb Park, Exmouth, East Devon, 8 (Report - Assessment). SDV350713.

In 1042 Edward the Confessor granted 'Lytlanhamme', which then comprised half a hide of land, to
Ordgar. This early estate is believed to have formed the Domesday and later medieval
manor of Littleham, now the present-day parish of Littleham-cum-Exmouth.

Turton, S. D., February1992, Archaeological Assessment of SWW Exmouth Upper Relief Trunk Sewer, 2 (Report - Assessment). SDV349653.

The manor was probably carved out of the larger royal manor of Budleigh.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV109145Article in Serial: Weddell, P. J.. 1986. The Excavation of Medieval and Later Houses and St. Margaret's Chapel, Exmouth 1982-1984. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 44. Paperback Volume. 107-141.
SDV140514Article in Serial: Hooke, D.. 1990. Studies on Devon Charter Boundaries. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 122. A5 Paperback. 194.
SDV341346Report - Survey: Timms, S. C.. 1976. The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 108.
SDV344641Report - Assessment: Turton, S. D.. 2009. Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Exmouth Strand Enhancement Scheme, Exmouth, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 09.23. A4 Stapled + Digital. 9.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #91239 ]
SDV349653Report - Assessment: Turton, S. D.. February1992. Archaeological Assessment of SWW Exmouth Upper Relief Trunk Sewer. Exeter Archaeology. 92.01. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.
SDV350713Report - Assessment: James, T.. 26/10/2012. Land at Plumb Park, Exmouth, East Devon. AC Archaeology Report. ACD513/1/1. Digital. 8.
SDV354905Article in Serial: Weddell, P. J. + Henderson, C. G.. 1985. Excavations in Exmouth 1982-4. Exeter Archaeology 1984/5. A4 Stapled + Digital. 38.

Associated Monuments

MDV109139Related to: Exmouth (Monument)
MDV16629Related to: Littleham Parish Boundary (Monument)
MDV41865Related to: Possible Site of Early Medieval Ferry Station in Exmouth (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4728 - Assessment of Proposed Exmouth Strand Enhancement Scheme
  • EDV5546 - Monitoring and Recording at Littleham Parish Church
  • EDV6656 - Watching Brief, 1A South Street, Exmouth, Devon (Ref: ACD1012/2/0)

Date Last Edited:Jan 17 2020 3:37PM