MMO2908 - Medieval or post-medieval tracks on Fyldon Common (Monument)


A pair of medieval or post-medieval tracks or hollow ways visible as earthworks. They are not depicted on 1816 mapping, suggesting they were abandoned prior to this date.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A pair of medieval or post-medieval tracks or hollow ways are visible on aerial photgraphs as earthworks on Fyldon Common, North Molton. Centred at approximately SS 7559 3555, two tracks are visible, of similar sizes. The western trackway runs north-south across the centre of Fyldon Common, from SS 7543 3579 as far as SS 7557 3543 and measures some 377 metres long. The second track, which lies approximately 100 metres east of its neighbour and also runs north-south, measures some 320 metres long. The shorter trackway appears to have been cut by the post-medieval road. They resemble the packhorse tracks and hollow ways seen elsewhere in and around the former Royal Forest of Exmoor, and are probably of a similar date. However, unlike some of these routes, these are not depicted on the 1816 map of the Forest, suggesting they were abandoned prior to this date. They may also be related to the hollow ways recorded around Span Head to the west (see MDE13191 and MDE20467). [1-3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 4371-72 (11 July 1946).
  • <2> Monograph: Orwin, C.S.. 1929. The Reclamation of Exmoor Forest. Oxford University Press. 1st Edition. Opposite 20.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190. [Mapped feature: #33219 ]
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1487054, Extant 22 November 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 7554 3555 (233m by 488m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS73NE

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Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

Related Events/Activities (1)

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE111
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1487054

Record last edited

Nov 22 2021 9:44PM


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