MMO2868 - (Monument)

Summary

Two parallel linear earthwork banks, visible on aerial photographs to the north-west of Stetfold Rocks, might be the remains of a road or hollow-way of post-medieval date. The banks are between 3 and 5 metres wide, flanking a central route on average 4 metres wide. The possible route is visible for over 200 metres, from the Exford road (B3224) to the north-west to its south-east end where it appears to abut a pond. The feature could be a historic road, a continuation of the earlier course of the B 3224 where it can be seen to dog-leg on the first edition Ordnance Survey map, prior to the modern straightening of the road. An alternative if less probable interpretation us as an approach to an early sheep dip, a precursor to the modern feature some 10 metres to the north, which may have utilised the water supply of the pond for this function.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Two parallel linear earthwork banks, visible on aerial photographs to the north-west of Stetfold Rocks at circa SS 87113888, might be the remains of a road or hollow-way of post-medieval date. The banks are between 3 and 5 metres wide, flanking a central route on average 4 metres wide. The possible route is visible for over 200 metres, from where it appears to meet the Exford road (B3224) to the north-west, to its south-east end where it appears to abut a pond. The feature is interpreted here as an historic road, most likely a continuation of the earlier course of the B 3224 to the north, where it can be seen to dog-leg on the first edition Ordnance Survey map, prior to the modern straightening of the road. It may have been an early approach road to Stetfold Rocks. An alternative if less probable interpretation use is as an approach to an early sheep dip, a precursor to the modern feature some 10 metres to the north. Sheep dips were invented in Scotland in the 1830s, and the practise may have been transferred to Exmoor soon after. The earthworks are not marked on the first edition Ordnance Survey map and it is therefore probable that the route, whatever its destination, had passed out of use some time prior to 1890. (1-2)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • --- Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 8738/6 (24928-13) 12-FEB-2008.
  • --- Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 1:2500, 1890.
  • --- Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 NE. MD002192.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8712 3889 (191m by 162m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS83NE
Civil Parish EXFORD, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1485274

Record last edited

Oct 28 2009 11:09AM

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