lower nobles nap

lower nobles nap

An ancient field once part of the great Middle Field of Kingston Manor


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, 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 was originally part of the great Middle Field of Kingston Manor. It was 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).

The Tithe Apportionment of 1846 recorded that Lower Nobles Nap had an area of 5a 3r 0p and was described as pasture for grazing animals. It was bounded on the west by Marsh Lane, to the north by Higher Nobles Nap (1096), Middle Elm Path (1086) to the east and Behind the House (1084) to the south.

Today the western part of Lower Nobles Nap is occupied by houses and gardens of Marsh Lane while the eastern side forms part of the Yeovil Recreation Centre.



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. Lower Nobles Nap is at centre.


The 1946 aerial photograph showing Lower Nobles Nap at bottom left of centre with the western side just beginning to have houses of Marsh Lane built on it.


The 1842 Tithe Map superimposed over a modern map.