6. Site Monitor Volunteer - Barlynch Priory Volunteer Guide

Main Activity:

The remains of St Nicholas Priory at Barlynch lie just outside Dulverton on the banks of the River Exe.  This small Augustinian priory was founded in 1174-89 and dissolved c.1537. Today the site comprises the remains of two lengths of rubble walling, with other medieval elements being incorporated into the adjoining 16th/17th century farmhouse, other buildings and garden walls. Associated earthworks lie in adjacent fields. The site is designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument.


We are looking for a volunteer with an interest in history to open the site to the public one day a month May-Sept when you would be required to be on site to help visitors understand the history and significance of the site. Additional task would be to help monitor the priory remains and the vegetation on and around them. 



Barlynch Priory, Exe Cleeve nr Dulverton


Time Commitment:

One day a month to welcome visitors to the site and monitor the remains. Some preparation time for the open days and time to learn the history of the site from the sources provided.



May - Sept


Skills/Ability needed:

Keen interest in history and heritage

Good interpersonal skills so you can provide a warm, friendly welcome to visitors.


What you need to bring:

Yourself and enthusiasm, personal refreshments, appropriate clothing for the outdoor weather conditions.


What’s in it for you:

Pride in helping to look after this important historical site.

Opportunity to work alongside our Historic Environment Team

Ideal for those looking to develop heritage interpretation skills and learn more about the local history.


Named contact :

Shirley Blaylock (Conservation Officer, Historic Environment)

Tel: 01398 322289

Email: sjblaylock@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk