MEM24947 - Post-medieval gate piers at Church Close (Monument)


Two stone gate piers may preserve an earlier access to the farm buildings at Ley, later forming part of Bailey's designed landscape.

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Two stone gate piers were noted in the northeastern corner of Church Close during field survey. The northern pier is semicircular, built of regularly coarsed slabs of local sandstone with a course of thin slates marking where it begings to taper to a flat top, finished with a cap of thin slate slabs. The southern pier is similarly constructed but the top is damaged. It is located in the position of a substantial gateway shown on the 1840 Tithe Map [1], on the former access route to the farm buildings at Ley (MDE1032) running through Church Close. The piers may be an earlier feature later incorporated into Bailey's designed landscape of the mid 19th Century, as the 1889 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map [2] shows the access route from the Valley of Rocks terminating here. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Map: 1840. Lynton and Lynmouth Parish Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3>XY Report: Riley, H. 2017. Assessment and Metric Survey of Archaeological Features at Lee Abbey, Exmoor National Park Project Report. LA1703, pp11-12. [Mapped feature: #47087 LA1703]



Grid reference Centred SS 7013 4950 (9m by 8m)
Map sheet SS74NW

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Record last edited

Mar 1 2022 11:50AM


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