MMO3135 - Post-medieval routeways on Parsonage Down (Monument)


Trackways or packhorse routes are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs dating from 1946. They may date to the 19th Century or possibly have earlier post-medieval origins.

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Type and Period (2)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Trackways or packhorse routes are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs, centred on circa SS 851 326 on the north and east facing slopes of Parsonage Down. Three individual tracks can be seen traversing slopes, but they all intersect with a track marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1890, indicating that they are probably part of a wider interconnected system of routes. Their partial depiction on the 1st Edition map might support an interpretation of a 19th Century date. However, one trackway extends further to the west into an areas of very regular 19th Century inclosure, indicating the routes probably have earlier post-medieval origins. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 106G/UK/1655 4257-8 (11 July 1946).
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 SE. MD002198.



Grid reference Centred SS 8497 3264 (611m by 466m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS83SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SE89
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1490656

Record last edited

Mar 22 2016 3:00PM


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