MEM24736 - Medieval and post-medieval ford at Exford (Monument)


The ford across the River Exe is shown on historic mapping and contributed to the name of the settlement.

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Full Description

Exford is in the southwest corner of Carhampton Hundred. It is named from the river Ex and the Anglo-Saxon Ford, IE a ford over the Ex. [1] The ford is shown on the Tithe Map for Exford Parish at SS85213837, sited on the original road route through the village. [2] The ford is also depicted and labelled on the 25 inch 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps. [3,4] The ford is not labelled on 2018 MasterMap data. [5] The site was visited in August 2019. The entrance to the ford on the southwestern side was still accessible; however, the northeastern side had been walled off. [6] After the Exmoor Flood in 1952, a retaining wall was built on the river bank in the village centre to hold back the river and prevent flooding of the low lying dwellings. [7] It is not clear whether the ford passed out of use because the retaining wall was built on the northeastern side [7], or the road bridge (MSO10639) was widened in 1930, or a combination of both these factors. [8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Monograph: Savage, J.. 1830. A History of the Hundred of Carhampton. 535.
  • <2> Map: 1840. Exford Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <3>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. [Mapped feature: #46271 ]
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap.
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. Various. ENPA archaeologist field visit. Shirley Blaylock and Catherine Dove, 6 August 2019.
  • <7> Report: Gibbs. 1962. Exford Village Survey. 2.
  • <8> Verbal communication: Various. 1999-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 20 August 2019.



Grid reference Centred SS 8521 3837 (66m by 38m)
Map sheet SS83NE

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Record last edited

Aug 20 2019 1:57PM


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