MMO2904 - Medieval or post-medieval trackway or packhorse road on Little Halscombe (Monument)

Summary

A medieval or post-medieval trackway or packhorse road is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork. This feature may represent a packhorse road, part of the Exford-Barnstaple road, or may be a large drainage ditch.

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Type and Period (3)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A medieval or post-medieval trackway or packhorse road is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork on the eastern edge of Little Halscombe, Exmoor. Beginning at approximately SS 7803 3828, the feature is visible as a sunken gully running approximately east-west for some 430 metres before fading from view at approximately SS 7762 3816. It resembles the packhorse roads seen elsewhere on Exmoor and roughly follows the course of the Exford-Barnstaple road depicted on the 1816 map of Exmoor Forest reproduced in Orwin. However, it also lies close to several large areas of drainage ditches and it may in fact be a larger one of these ditches. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3454-55 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Monograph: Orwin, C.S.. 1929. The Reclamation of Exmoor Forest. Oxford University Press. 1st Edition. Plan of Exmoor Forest 1816, facing 20.
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7782 3822 (424m by 128m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS73NE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE107
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1486643

Record last edited

Sep 17 2013 10:01AM

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