Historic Building Festival 2019
Monday 16th September
Barlynch Priory open day
Guided or self-guided walks around the site of Barlynch Priory in the Exe valley. The Priory was founded in 1174-89 and dissolved in 1536. Earthworks and some remains of buildings are still clearly visible.
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Simonsbath and Ashcombe Gardens open day
Ashcombe Gardens - a late Georgian garden in the Picturesque style -have been lost to view for nearly a century. Work is now underway to reawaken this 'unexpected garden' on the top of Exmoor and the 'Scottish croft' which formed a part of it.
The Victorian sawmill will also be open with guided tours and demonstrations taking place throughout the day.
The Archaeology of St Petrock’s Church.
Guest speak Jerry Sampson is one of the countries leading specialists on historic buildings archaeology and his talk will shed new light on this amazing grade I listed 15th century church.
Gallox Hill and Bats Castle walk (Dunster Park Circular)
This 5 mile Exmoor Society walk will take you up through Dunster Deer Park to Withycombe Hill Gate. you will continue over Bat’s Castle Iron Age hill fort settlement before going down to see England’s tallest tree in Nutcombe Bottom and returning over the grade I listed Gallox Bridge to Dunster.
Wootton Courtney Guided walk
Join members of the Exmoor National Park’s historic environment team for this guided walk around Wootton Courtenay. The settlement has a long and interesting history and is mentioned in the Doomsday book.
Lynton Cliff Railway talk
The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff railway is one of Exmoor’s must-see attractions. Opened in 1890 it is the highest and steepest totally water powered railway in the world. This talk will provide you with the history of this amazing (and totally carbon free!) piece of Victorian engineering that links the two towns of Lynton and Lynmouth.
Ashley Combe, Ada Lovelace and Culbone guided walk.
The short stretch of coastline from Porlock Weir to Culbone is surely one of the most intriguing along the whole coast of the United Kingdom. The now demolished Ashley Combe house was home to computer pioneer Ada Lovelace .
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Town Tour of Dulverton
This popular and regularly repeated walk provides a fascinating insight into the ‘gateway to Exmoor’. From its industrial past that was powered by numerous watermills to the Victorian workhouse that housed the poor this walk will enable you to discover secret places and hear tales from local guides.
Hoar Oak Cottage, a Forgotten Piece of Exmoor Sheep Farming History
Exmoor Society talk. Hoar Oak Cottage, a Forgotten Piece of Exmoor Sheep Farming History”, an illustrated talk by Dr. Bette Baldwin, whose family once lived there.
Other info: Members £1, non-members £3. NB. membership of the Exmoor Society does not cover membership of the Group. Costs inc. refreshments.
New Road, Porlock, Minehead ,Somerset, TA24 8QD
Directions: Porlock Village Hall,New Road, Porlock
Stained glass, a talk by Clare Maryan-Green
Clare Maryan-Green is a local craftswoman who have extensive knowledge of the tradition of the production of stained glass. Join us for this interactive talk to hear about the history of stained glass and learn some of the techniques used in its production.
Dunster early fabric group walks/talks
Dunster Early Fabric group have been researching the medieval buildings of Dunster. The event will include displays, the unveiling of a model hall house and guided walks to some of the most interesting buildings that the group has surveyed.
Lynton Cliff Railway talk
he Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff railway is one of Exmoor’s must-see attractions. Opened in 1890 it is the highest and steepest totally water powered railway in the world. This talk will provide you with the history of this amazing (and totally carbon free!) piece of Victorian engineering that links the two towns of Lynton and Lynmouth.
Beautiful Bossington guided walk
Bossington is a picturesque village in Exmoor, the walk starts and ends here. You will be lead along the coast, gently climbing towards Hurlestone Point and cutting back through ancient Holm Oak woodland. This is a circular walk with breathtaking views across Porlock Bay. A rich history and interesting facts along the way. Please wear suitable footwear for the terrain. Approx 2.5 miles
The History of St Petrocks Church, Parracombe.
The grade I listed church of St Petrock in Parracombe is one of the be most remarkable churches in the country. Built in the 13th century and saved from demolition in the 19th century the church survived the Victorian restoration that befell many other churches leaving it with an incredibly intact Georgian interior. Guest speakers are Meriel O’Dowd and Dr Stuart Blaylock.
North Hill on the Radar
Historic military vehicles, displays in a Radar Station building, rations, walks and activities will help visitors discover the vital role North Hill played in World War II. Suitable for all the family.
Elworthy Church conservation workshop
Elworthy Church is in the ownership of the Churches Conservation Trust. Dating from the 13th century and with a distinctive battlemented tower with an external staircase this church is in need of help. Why not volunteer to help clean the church including the 15th century stained glass window. Your reward will be to have a go at bellringing!
Event to be confirmed
West Somerset Mineral Line talk/walk
This event is run by the West Somerset Mineral Line Association. Explore old Brendon Village, the 19th century iron mines, the Winding House and the remains of the mineral railway still visible in the Brendon Hills. It includes part of the Incline, steep, spectacular, but optional!
Entries are also currently open for the Exmoor Society photographic competition. To coincide with the Historic Building’s Festival there is a special category for historic buildings. More information on how to enter can be found by following the link below.
- Exmoor's Wildlife
- Exmoor - a year in sounds
- Exmoor Wildwatch
- The Exmoor Landscape
- Towns and Villages
- Trees and Woodland
- Exmoor's Coast
- Exmoor's Rivers & Streams
- Porlock Marsh Vision
- Exmoor's Geology
- Wildlife Events
- Exmoor Non-Native Invasive Species (ENNIS) Project