Hornetts / Hornett's Moor

Hornett's / Hornett's Moor

An ancient meadow alongside the River Yeo


Hornett's (Parcel 891) - possibly from a personal name - was originally a field in the great Medieval East Field of the Manor of Kingston, beside the River Yeo. There is some confusion as to this parcel since at one time it was also known as Hornett's Moor - when it was combined with Moor (Parcel 890) to its immediate south.

Although Hornett's appears on the 1842 Tithe Map, unfortunately the copy of the 1846 Tithe Apportionment in the Heritage Centre at Taunton omitted it, so the ownership, usage and size of both Hornett's and Moor are unknown from that source. However another source gives the area of Hornett's as 2a 3r 0p and the area of Moor as 1a 3r 30p.

Hornett's (Parcel 891) was bounded on the north by In Great Mead (Parcel 892), to the east by the River Yeo, to the south by Moor (Parcel 890) and to the west by Eight Acres (Parcel 910).

Moor (Parcel 890), as a separate entity, was bounded on the north by Hornett's (Parcel 891), to the east by the River Yeo, to the south by Marke's Mead (Parcel 889) and to the west by Great Ground (Parcel 911).

By the time of the 1946 aerial photograph seen below, both Hornett's and Moor were open fields, as they remain today. Today Hornett's and Moor form part of Yeovil Country Park.

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.


Drawn from the 1846 Tithe Map with field names added from the 1846 Tithe Apportionment, with Hornett's (Parcel 891) and Moor (Parcel 890) 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.


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.