MDE10502 - Probable post-medieval clearance cairn near Sherracombe Cross (Monument)

Summary

A probable post-medieval clearance cairn is visible as a turf-covered stony mound on the edge of the old Dunster-Barnstaple hollow way (MDE13170). It was previously interpreted as the Span Head telling-house.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The location of a telling-house, known to have been in the vicinity of the 'span' since at least 1657 has probably been found in association with the old Dunster-Barnstaple route (mentioned by Leland). The telling house, at SS 7280 3582, is a conical mound 7.2 metres across and stands 2.75 metres above the trough of the sunken track. The trackway runs from SS 7207 3540 on yard Down to SS 7350 3622 towards Kingsford Cross and averages 3 metres wide. It is shown on the Ordnance Survey 1 inch map of 1809. [1, 2] The aforementioned hollow way is now treated separately as MDE13170. [3] There is no mound at the position given (SS 7280 3582), however there is one 50 metres to the north at SS 7281 3587 which appears, from the description given, to be the feature referred to above. SS 7281 3587. A turf-covered stony mound about 7.5 metres long northwest-southeast by 7 metres and 1.8 metres at its maximum height. It projects into the hollow way (MDE13170) and therefore postdates it. There are similar mounds projecting into the course of the hollow way further to the north. Eardley-Wilmot [1, 4], suggests that this mound could be the telling house referred to by McDermot [5] at Span Head. However, Span Head is 1.2 kilometres to the northeast of this mound. There is no evidence to suggest there has been a building on this mound or that it is the remains of a building so the suggestion that this is the remains of a telling house cannot be substantiated. It is most likely that this mound is a stone clearance heap, as probably are the other mounds. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Serial: 1900 -. Devon and Cornwall notes and queries. 34 (1981) Page(s) 329-42.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1809. 1 Inch Ordnance Surveyors draft map. 1:63,360.
  • <3> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. Unknown, Exmoor HER.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. Devon County SMR No SS 73 NW 534.
  • <5> Monograph: MacDermot, E.T.. 1973. The History of the Forest of Exmoor. David and Charles Limited. Revised Edition.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. IS Sainsbury, 12-OCT-1995 RCHME Field Investigation.

Map

Location

Grid reference SS 7280 3586 (point)
Map sheet SS73NW
Civil Parish NORTH MOLTON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS73NW/534
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NW37
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 900060

Record last edited

Oct 19 2015 3:50PM

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