Friends of Hoar Oak Cottage

Hoar Oak Cottage, now preserved as a heritage ruin, started life as a one room cott used in medieval times for the summer agistment on Exmoor. Later enlarged to a sheep farm, it housed the shepherd families who lived all year ‘round in this remote part of Exmoor. There has never been a track, or electricity or any other modern convenience at Hoar Oak Cottage and in the 1960s it was abandoned and left to decline into ruin. In 2010, descendants of some of the original inhabitants worked alongside the ENPA to save the cottage from destruction and set up the Friends of Hoar Oak Cottage to collect, preserve and share the history and heritage of the ‘people, the place, and the life’ of those who once lived and worked in this remote spot.



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Friends of Hoar Oak Cottage