MEM23493 - Combe Cross / Kipscombe Cross signpost, Countisbury (Building)


The signpost is situated at a T junction and is a rare type on the Devon side of Exmoor.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A guide post is marked on modern MasterMap data. [1] The signpost was visited in early 2016. It has a pyramid finial and the attached fingers read: BRENDON 1 PORLOCK 10 MINEHEAD 18 A39. [2] The site was visited as part of the Exmoor Signpost Survey 2017-8. The signpost is as described in [2]. [3] A cast iron signpost pointing to Brendon from the A39 at Kipscombe Cross and is an exception amongst signposts in Devon, which are usually wooden, often featuring plastic fingers. SS 7614 4919. This is the only surviving cast iron signpost on the Devon side of Exmoor. Kipscombe Cross is named with a guide post on the c.1890 and 1904 [4,5]. It may also be known as Combe Cross, and this name is marked at the base of the post (common with Devon signposts). It has a Devon finial (marked with a D), and the arms and post are smaller than those produced by Sheldon Wells. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #42699 ]
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. Visit by S Sinden, February or March 2016.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Various. 2017-8. Exmoor and West Somerset Main Signpost Survey. 26118250.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. c.1890.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. County Series; 2nd Edition (1st Revision) 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1904.
  • <6> 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 14, 26-7.



Grid reference SS 7614 4919 (point)
Map sheet SS74NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Signpost Project 2017-8 (D,E, F): 26118250

Record last edited

Jun 30 2022 10:09AM


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