Great Ground

Great Ground

A field within the great manorial East Field


Great Ground (Parcel 911) was originally a large field in the great Medieval East Field of the Manor of Kingston.

Although Great Ground appears on the 1842 Tithe Map, unfortunately the copy of the 1846 Tithe Apportionment iin the Heritage Centre at Taunton omitted it, so unfortunately the ownership, usage and size is unknown from that source. However another source gives the area of Great Ground as 16a 2r 36p.

Great Ground (Parcel 911) was bounded on the north by Eight Acres (Parcel 910), on the west by Ten Acres (Parcel 914) and on the south by Lyde Lane. To the east it was bounded by Moor (Parcel 890), Marke's Mead (Parcel 889), Compton Mill Mead (Parcel 888) and Against the River (Parcel 887).

By the time of the 1946 aerial photograph seen below, the northern half of Great Ground was an open field, while the southern half was used as allotments. Today, the northern part is still an open field while the southern half is occupied by the Vale Road Sludge Treatment Works.

For details on historic land measurement (ie acres, roods and perches) click here.



This map, based on the descriptions in the 1589 Terrier and the 1846 Tithe Map of Yeovil shows the approximate boundaries of the Manors of Kingston and Hendford as well as the manorial three-field system used in Kingston.


A map of the great Medieval East Field of Kingston Manor showing conjectured locations of several fields based on descriptions in the 1589 Terrier.


DrDrawn from the 1846 Tithe Map with field names added from the 1846 Tithe Apportionment, with Great Ground (Parcel 911) at centre right.


The 1946 aerial survey photograph with parcel numbers of 1846 plotted on. The green line is the county boundary running along the River Yeo.p>


The 1843 Tithe Map overlaid onto a modern map of the area. The course of the Yeo just above the north point appears to have changed course somewhat.