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Medieval remains found under barn
Dunster tithe barn
The finds were made during restoration work on the tithe barn
Evidence of a former medieval priory has been found under a Somerset tithe barn undergoing restoration.

Remains of substantial walls pre-dating the 16th Century barn at Dunster were unearthed during work to convert the building into a community centre.

Experts said the two walls, paving and glazed tile fragments were almost certainly part of the Benedictine Priory of Dunster dating back to 1127.

The finds have been recorded and grassed over for safe-keeping.

Sensitive development

Bob Croft, Somerset County Council's County archaeologist, said the finds suggest a wealth of history below the surface.

"This shows there is considerable potential for the survival of more medieval remains associated with the Priory," he said.

"This is something that any future development in this area will have to be sensitive to."

A barn was first recorded on the Dunster site in 1498 and the present example is thought to date from 16th century.

It was falling into disrepair until the 450,000 restoration project began in late 2005.

A formal opening ceremony of the barn as a community centre, with meeting room and reception area, is due to take place in May.


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