MSO11017 - Medieval routeway on Great Vintcombe (Monument)


The traces of a medieval routeway are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs. They are separate to a packhorse road (MMO7005) that passes from the west to the northeast of the routeway.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Traces of medieval routeway shown in linear ruts and gullies. 2 long parallel lines curving at the northern end with 4 or more circular marks with central points show up as light soil marks on aerial photographs. [1,2] Where the Acklands track turns south at SS 7304 3995 several hollow ways are visible crossing it. From here the old route continues as a series of hollow ways, some partly utilised as a path. The route follows the south side of an unnamed stream till it reaches Lew Combe where it crosses over and follows the north side of the stream up to the site of Mole's Chamber. Here it crosses another ancient way from Lynton to South Molton. From 100 metres southwest Mole's Chamber to the plan edge the modern enclosure road is on the route. [3] The above description [3] does not apply to the features described in [2] and the latter are therefore not explained by the medieval routeway. (see MSO7005). [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3447.
  • <2>XY Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 7239. [Mapped feature: #34406 7239]
  • <3> Survey: RCHME. 1995. Exmoor Survey. NMR site SS 73 NW 31.
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. CJ Webster, SMR Officer, April 1998.



Grid reference Centred SS 7274 3967 (283m by 555m)
Map sheet SS73NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park Authority HER number: MSO7005
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO307
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33156

Record last edited

Oct 12 2021 10:14AM


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