MMO1658 - Possible medieval roadway or parish boundary feature east of Oare House Allotment (Monument)

Summary

A possible medieval roadway is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs in 1952. The roadway follows approximately the same course as the A39 and probably represents part of its original course.

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Full Description

A possible medieval roadway is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs alongside the A39 to the east of Oare House Allotment. Centred on SS 8131 4773, the roadway follows approximately the same course as the A39, but 30 metres further to the south. The visible earthwork runs approximately east-west and measures 300 metres in length. At its eastern end it joins with an existing trackway. It is likely that the road represents part of the original course of the A39, which was later diverted, perhaps to take traffic closer to the nearby quarry, now disused. The earthwork is not shown on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map; however, the trackway mentioned above is shown connecting to the A39 after passing by Deddycombe Cottage. [1-3] The feature may or may not represent part of the original parish boundary between Oare and Culbone Parishes. The A39 previously appears to have run further to the north in the 1830s/1840s. [4,5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/902 3008 10-OCT-1952.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 NW. MD002166. [Mapped feature: #32655 ]
  • <4> Map: 1842. Oare Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <5> Map: 1838. Culbone Tithe Map and Apportionment.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8133 4773 (300m by 143m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS84NW
Civil Parish OARE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NW96
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1460656

Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:20PM

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