MMO2636 - Medieval or post-medieval trackways around Shallowford (Monument)

Summary

A number of shallow ditches visible as earthworks around Shallow Ford bear a strong resemblance to the medieval or post medieval packhorse road or trackway which skirts the boundary of the former Royal Forest of Exmoor.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A number of shallow ditches visible as earthworks around Shallow Ford, Lynton and Lynmouth bear a strong resemblance to the medieval or post-medieval packhorse road or trackway which skirts the boundary of the former Royal Forest of Exmoor. Centred at approximately SS 7152 4497, numerous criss-crossing ditches are visible, leading in various directions but predominately east-west. One of the tracks leads towards the route of the packhorse road, while others lead towards Shallowford, and perhaps connect with the ditches visible south-west of the settlement (see MMO2635). The various trackways all converge at a point on the stream which lies east of Shallowford; presumably a crossing of some kind existed here, perhaps the original "shallow ford." There is not track or routeway at this location depicted on the first edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting it was abandoned prior to publication in 1889. 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. It is possible that the junction of trackways visible here connected this "ancient routeway" and the packhorse road which follows the boundaries of the former Royal Forest (see MMO495). [1-4]

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. 18-19, 34-35.
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7150 4494 (222m by 149m) (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 SW278
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1480197

Record last edited

Oct 29 2014 1:29PM

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