MMO2635 - Possible medieval or post-medieval routeway southwest of Shallowford (Monument)

Summary

A number of shallow ditches visible on aerial photographs as earthworks closely resemble the former medieval or post-medieval packhorse road visible to the east. This may represent an alternative route for the road.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A number of shallow ditches visible on aerial photographs as earthworks in a field in south west of Shallowford, Lynton and Lynmouth closely resemble the former medieval or post medieval packhorse road visible to the east. Centred at approximately SS 7122 4486 a number of irregular, criss-crossing ditches are visible, running roughly north-east to south-west. It is possible that the ditches here represent an alternative route for the road, or a separate packhorse road, passing through Shallowford and on around the boundaries of the former Royal Forest. No trackway or road is depicted at this location on the first edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889, suggesting the routeway had been abandoned prior to this date. Burton (1989) identifies a trackway at Shallowford which he describes as an "ancient routeway" which later became a well used packhorse road, crossing from Lynton to Mole Chamber. Another area of similar trackways can be seen west of Shallowford, possibly a continuation of this road. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/931 4089-90 (8 November 1952).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3> Monograph: Burton, R.A.. 1989. The Heritage of Exmoor. Roger A. Burton. 19, 34-35.
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7123 4487 (112m by 150m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SW
Civil Parish LYNTON AND LYNMOUTH, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW277
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1480172

Record last edited

Jul 10 2013 1:55PM

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