MMO2739 - Possible medieval or post-medieval routeways across Western Common (Monument)

Summary

A series of earthworks are visible on aerial photographs that closely resemble the packhorse tracks and routeways across the moor, such as the medieval Dunster road visible less than 1 kilometre to the south.

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Irregular linear depressions forming old trackways running south towards MDE20446 were noted on aerial photographs. [1-3] A series of earthworks are visible on aerial photographs on the north edge of Western Common, North Molton. Centred at approximately SS 7281 3695, three parallel shallow sunken trackways are visible running approximately north to south. At the northern end they turn sharply to the west before fading from view. In several places the tracks are cut by post-medieval field boundaries. No trackway is shown at this location on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889, suggesting it was abadoned prior to this date. The tracks closely resemble the packhorse tracks and routeways across the moor, such as the medieval Dunster road visible less than 1 kilometre to the south. It is possible that these earthworks represent a previously unknown routeway, skirting the edge of the former Royal Forest. [4-6] There are no routeways shown in this location across the common on the Tithe Map for North Molton. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/CPE/UK/1980 4443 (April 1977).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAM/14/099 (May 1977).
  • <3> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7236A.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/96559 13-14 (7 May 1996).
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <6>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NW. MD002189. [Mapped feature: #43664 ]
  • <7> Map: 1841. North Molton Tithe Map and Apportionment. Land Parcel 417.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7281 3682 (214m by 716m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS73NW
Civil Parish NORTH MOLTON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 17852
  • Devon SMR: SS73NW/557
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20466
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NW79
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1484235

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Sep 2 2020 1:00PM

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