Site of Hermitage at Silesbourne Farm
The site of a monastery or hermitage dating to the Medieval period. The site is known from documentary evidence. It was situated 800m north of Newnham.
1 On the site of Sillesburne Farmhouse once stood a hermitage, mention of which is made in the will of John Harewell who died 1428.
2 The hermitage of Silesbourne was situated near Hermitage Bridge, at Edstone, probably on the site of the present house known as Silesbourne Farm. It is mentioned in John Harewell’s will of 1428 and again in 1470.
3 Silesbourne Farm is modern and there are no extant remains of an earlier building. Local enquiries about the hermitage were unrewarding.