Nobles Nap

nobles nap

An ancient field of the great Manor of Kingston's Middle Field


It has been suggested (Goodchild) that the name Nobles Nap may have originated with reference to the annual rent of a Noble; current in England until the seventeenth century as a gold coin worth one third of a pound, or six shillings and eight pence. This would seem to make the rent inordinately expensive but not only that, but in 1743 the field in question was known as Chaplins Nap. It is therefore more likely that the name refers to a later owner called Noble. The 'nap' part comes from the Old English hnaep, for rising ground or the crest of a hill as, for instance, at Goar Knap.

Nobles Nap was originally one large field spanning both sides of Combe Street Lane and later subdivided into five fields north of Combe Street Lane and three to the south. Those to the south falling in this section being Nobles Nap (1401), Higher Nobles Nap (1096) and Lower Nobles Nap (1085).

Nobles Nap (1401) was bounded on the north by Combe Street Lane, to the east by Marsh Lane, on the west by Higher Oxen Furlong (1407) and Lower Oxen Furlong (1405), and to the south by Arnold's Close (1402),

The 1842 Tithe Map and the 1846 Tithe Apportionment recorded Nobles Nap as being 5a 1r 3p and noted as 'wood and pasture'.

The field, at one time, had a fenced-in pond. In September 1886, Albert Edwards, a Yeovil tradesman, committed suicide and his body was found when the pond was dragged.

Today the former field known as Nobles Nap is completely filled with housing of Combe Street Lane, Marsh Lane and the central section of Combe Park.



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.


The Hollands area reproduced from the 1842 Tithe Map. Nobles Nap it just left of top centre.


The 1946 aerial photograph showing Nobles Nap at centre right with houses of Marsh Lane occupying the eastern edge..


The 1842 Tithe Map superimposed over a modern map.