MMO2158 - Medieval or post-medieval hollow way northwest of North Regis Common (Monument)

Summary

A possible medieval or post medieval hollow way or path is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork. It is overlain in places by post medieval and 19th century field boundaries, suggesting that it had been abandoned prior to the enclosure of this area. The southern end of the path follows a parallel course to that of the extant pathway, which crosses Yarbury Combe and continues towards Challacombe. It may be that this earthwork represents the remains of the original, medieval path, which was moved downstream at a later date.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A possible medieval or post medieval hollow way or path is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork in fields to the north-west of North Regis Common, Challacombe. Beginning at approximately SS 7057 4191, the path runs roughly north-south downslope towards Yarbury Combe for some 155 metres, before curving slightly to the east, and continuing in a south-easterly direction for 160 metres, where it peters out at approximately SS 7076 4167. The width of the path is fairly constant, ranging from 4 to 6 metres. It is overlain in places by post medieval and 19th century field boundaries, suggesting that it had been abandoned prior to the enclosure of this area. Similarly, it is not depicted on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map of 1890. The southern end of the path follows a parallel course to that of the extant pathway, visible on the modern Ordnance Survey maps, which crosses Yarbury Combe and continues towards Challacombe. It may be that this earthwork represents the remains of the original, medieval path, which was moved downstream at a later date (1-3).

Sources/Archives (4)

  • --- Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/2082 3104-05 19-MAY-1947.
  • --- Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 1:10000 2004.
  • --- Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 1:2500 1890.
  • --- Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7066 4179 (212m by 245m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SW
Civil Parish CHALLACOMBE, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1470569

Record last edited

Mar 28 2018 10:16AM

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