MMO3012 - Medieval or post-medieval packhorse roads north of Red Stone Gate (Monument)

Summary

Earthworks visible to the north of Red Stone Gate may be the remains of pack horse routes of medieval or post-medieval date.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Earthworks visible to the north of Red Stone Gate, at circa SS 8192 3937, may be the remains of packhorse routes of medieval or post-medieval date. Located on the crest of a major topographical feature, the earthworks may be evidence of a major communications route along the ridge from Winsford Hill in the southeast. The possible routes take the form of sinuous hollow ways between 2 to 5 metres wide, climbing Red Stone Hill to the west for over 400 metres. The main body of the earthworks are located immediately within the parish of Exmoor. Rat Combe to the north and the combe of a tributary to Pennycombe Water to the south may have created a pinch point on this ridge for traffic accessing the former Royal Forest, perhaps even a point where access was regulated. The earthworks appear to have been largely levelled by 1973. [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. NMR RAF 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 4059-61 13-MAY-1946.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 1055-6 29-APR-1973.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 NW. MD002191. [Mapped feature: #32751 ]
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1488360, Extant 27 August 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8188 3938 (440m by 179m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS83NW
Civil Parish EXFORD, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NW110
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1488360

Record last edited

Aug 27 2021 10:29PM

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