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Somerset Historic Environment Record

25786

Site Name: Evaluation (1997), Babington House
Civil Parish: Kilmersdon
Part of:
PRN 23716Deserted medieval village, Babington
Grid Ref: ST 704 511 (ST 75 SW)
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Details:

Plans for redevelopment at Babington House were preceeded by an evaluation to assss the survival of any previous manor house and the medieval village (PRN 23716). Seven trenches were dug, 6 (trenches 2-4, 6) in the area of farmbuildings to the SW of the House, one to the south (trench 1) and 1(trench 5) immediately to the W of the house.

Trench 1 located no features earlier than probably C18.

Trench 2 in the concrete yard located a linear feature which may be medieval or possibly a natural water course.

Trench 3 within a barn located only recent deposits on top of natural clay.

Trenches 4A and 4B investigated a terrace which was shown to be of late C18/early C19 date.

Trench 5 was dug in the lawn to the W of the house and located a stone drain and recovered several sherds of medieval pottery, the earliest being C12.

Trenches 6 and 7 were designed to investigate further the barn which contained trench 3. These showed that the two phases of the barn were C18 and C19 in date.

The earliest finds were of prehistoric flint and only the trench close to the house produced medieval pottery in quantities to suggest occupation. The farm buildings were all of C18/C19 date.

Documentary research failed to pinpoint the location of the village but it is likely to be close to the house and church. {1}

Finds recovered from a series of evaluation trenches around Babington House suggest that the existing farm buildings date from the early 19th century and later. Prehistoric flints were recovered from near to the manor house and within a possible early water channel running below the farm complex.

A trench adjacent to the main house recovered medieval pottery sherds of the 12th to 16th centuries as well as post medieval finds.

The evaluation results combined with a desk top survey of historical documents suggest that the location of the lost medieval village of Babington may be in the area of the present house and church. Work is expected to continue as the complex is redeveloped in 1998. {3}

References:

1 Excavation report - Hollinrake, C and Hollinrake, N. An Archaeological Evaluation at Babington House, Kilmersdon.  Unpublished C and N Hollinrake report No: 107 (1997) Location: HER files. HER digital source: 3074.
2 Museum accession number - TTNCM 104/1997 in Somerset County Museum.
3 Description - Hollinrake, C and Hollinrake, N. Kilmersdon, Babington House. In Webster, CJ and Croft, RA. Somerset Archaeology 1997. Somerset Archaeology and Natural History  141 (1997), 171-192 at 185.

Record created on 09 February 1999

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