MEM23474 - Chibbet Post signpost, Exford (Building)


The signpost is situated on a traffic island at a T junction.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A guide post is marked on modern MasterMap data. [1] The signpost was visited in October 2015 and its condition assessed. It has SCC (Somerset County Council) repeated on the four sides of a pyramid finial. The attached fingers read: WITHYPOOL 1 1/2 DULVERTON 9 LANDACRE 2 SIMONSBATH 5 LYNTON 15 The collar reads CHIBBET POST. The post was made by Sheldon Wells. [2] SS 8431 3775. Chibbet Post is on an early road over Winsford Hill. Chibbet was a nearby settlement, recorded as Cubyate in 1208; in 1327, Willelmo de Chybeyete is mentioned in the Lay Subsidy Rolls. By 1610 a well used road passed Chibbet and cross Landacre Bridge towards Barnstaple. Chibbet is a Westcountry word for a plover, although the name may otherwise mean a gate near wild animals. The idea of a gibbet or gallos here originates in RD Blackmore's novel Lorna Doone. Chibbet Post is named on the 1889 and 1902-7 Ordnance Survey maps. [3,4]. Unusually there are two posts here, both of mid 20th Century Sheldon Wells type. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Various. 2015. Exmoor and West Somerset Signpost Survey Pilot. EF9.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. County Series; 2nd Edition (1st Revision) 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1902-7.
  • <5> Monograph: Blackman, H., Blaylock, S., Thomas, C. and Wall, N.. 2019. A field guide to Exmoor's traditional roadside fingerposts. Exmoor National Park Authority. 1st Edition. p 31.



Grid reference SS 8431 3775 (point) MasterMap
Map sheet SS83NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Signpost Project Pilot 2015 (B): EF9

Record last edited

Jul 4 2022 1:09PM


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