MDE20570 - Post-medieval road on Rowley Down (Monument)


A plan of Rowley Down dated 1797 shows a road running from Leys Lane to the B3226. Part of the feature can be seen as an earthwork on aerial photographs dating to 1947.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Robert Ballment's plan of Rowley Down dated 1797 shows a road running northeast to southwest across Rowley Down from SS 6622 4405 (Leys Lane) to S 6499 4289 (B3226). The road cuts across land attached to Little Rowley, the boundary to this land running just to the northwest (see MDE20571).[1] Existing hedgeline follows this road route (which is no longer in use). Road is visible as earthwork for part of its course on 1947 aerial photograph. [2,3] The road is clearly depicted on the Parracombe Tithe Map. [4] The road appears to have passed out of use by the time the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map was surveyed, although parts of its route were preserved in features on the map. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Map: Ballment, R.. 1797. Plan of Rowley Down.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Timms, S.. 1983. Devon SMR Parish File: Rowley Down.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/CPE/UK/1980.3095 (11 April 1947).
  • <4> Map: 1839. Parracombe Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.



Grid reference Centred SS 6556 4342 (1175m by 1087m) (Historic mapping)
Map sheet SS64SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 20017
  • Devon SMR: SS64SE/117
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE10893
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SE59
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 910088

Record last edited

Aug 30 2016 3:29PM


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