MMO3756 - Two post-medieval trackways at the head of Elworthy Combe (Monument)

Summary

Two trackways of probable post-medieval date are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs. The earthwork routes may relate to quarrying in this area and probably predate the extant footpath which heads to the north-west.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Two trackways of probable post-medieval date are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs crossing the head of Elworthy Combe at circa SS 07583407. The southernmost route is visible for approximately 308 metres and clearly continues from the extant footpath leading from the south-east. It appears to be associated with limited quarrying activity at its western end and may predate the extant footpath, which skirts the quarries and continues to the north-west. Although this track also appears to define the northern extent of an area of narrow ridge and furrow visible immediately to the south, possibly indicating they are contemporary, the western end of this track can also be seen to cut the remains of relict field boundaries, one of which marks the western edge of the cultivated area. The wider, northern track is visible for circa 360 metres and is a continuation of a trackway from Elworthy Lane to the north-east. This route is probably slightly later in date but has had an equal if not greater impact on the existing earthworks to the west, incorporating several small quarries, one of which cuts the older field boundaries. The extant trackway can be seen to cross this older track at circa ST 07493407. [1]

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF CPE/UK/1944 (F20) 3003-4. 23/01/1947.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred ST 0758 3409 (361m by 122m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet ST03SE
Civil Parish ELWORTHY, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 SE126
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1500166

Record last edited

Jun 26 2018 9:02AM

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