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Somerset Historic Environment Record


Site Name: Record transferred to Exmoor National Park
Civil Parish: Nettlecombe
Grid Ref: ST 0556 3590 (ST 03 NE)
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Image: Image of HER 12290 - Photo by Somerset County Council
  HER 12290 - Photo by Somerset County Council

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This site, formerly Bank barn, engine house, mill and linhays immediately south south west of Colton Farmhouse, Colton Lane, Nettlecombe has been transferred to the Exmoor National Park HER. The details below are those that were transferred and have not been updated. {1}

Range of farm buildings including bank barn, horse engine house) linhays and water mill and wheel pit. Dated 1806. Stone rubble, hipped slate barn roof; linhays and mill roofs have been clad in corrugated iron.

Plan: Large bank barn to north with semi-circular ended horse engine house on higher north side and a cattle yard on lower south side surrounded by open-fronted single storey linhays with an integral water mill in the south east corner.

Exterior: Large 2 storey bank barn with 6 segmental arch shippon doorways (right hand blocked) on front facing yard and 2 large barn loading doors above (right hand blocked) with segmental arches and ventilation slits between. Under eaves at centre a stone tablet with initials IT and date 1806. At higher ground level at back of barn 2 similar barn doorways and ventilation slits and large semi-circular ended horse engine house at centre with semi-conical roof, blocked ground floor openings and external stone stairs on right (west) side to loft. Facing the yard are open-fronted linhays with circular stone rubble piers, 6-bays on the west side, 4 bays on the east side and 6 bays on the south side (some bays blocked) and a water mill in the south east corner with a large overshot wheel pit on its outer south side.

Interior: Loft over horse engine house has corn bins. The barn and engine house have original tie-beam truss roofs with tenoned purlins, the barn with lapped collars. Similar roof over south linhay but without collars; the east and west linhays have tie-beam trusses with purlins resting on backs of principals.

Note Colton Farm was formerly on the Nettlecombe estate and the datestone initials are those of a Trevelyan. {2}

English Heritage Listed Building Number: 265049. First Listed on 29/03/1990. English Heritage Unified Designation System Asset Number: 1057464 {3}


1 Compiler comment - Webster, CJ [Chris]. Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record (4/1/2010). Location: Verbal, electronic or direct entry, no source retained
2 Statutory List - 4th amendment of 31st List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest: District of West Somerset (29/3/1990) Location: HER files.
3 Compiler comment - Webster, CJ [Chris], Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record (2005)

Record created on 16 July 2001

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