MDE21142 - Post-medieval ford north of Heddon Valley Mill (Monument)


A ford shown on historic mapping. It was reconstructed by the Royal Engineers after the Exmoor flood of August 1952.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A ford is shown on the 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps. [1,2] The ford is also depicted on the 1963 six inch map. [3] A ford is shown at the site on the 2020 MasterMap data. [4] In the 1940s, a very stony ford across the Heddon River with an associated footbridge (MDE21143) was situated by Bumsley Mill (MDE21144), giving access from Killington/Hunter's Inn Road to Bumsley Lane, which headed up to the Parracombe/Heale road. During the flood of August 1952, the access road was severely undermined; this was temporarily repaired by the Royal Engineers, who also reconstructed the ford. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1963. 6 Inch Map: 1963.
  • <4>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #46749 ]
  • <5> Unpublished document: Hutchins, J.. 2020. MDE21144 - Bumsley Mill (Monument). pp 1,3.



Grid reference Centred SS 6568 4591 (11m by 12m) (MasterMap)
Map sheet SS64NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 31429
  • Devon SMR: SS64NE/93

Record last edited

Oct 21 2020 10:03AM


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