MSO7077 - Medieval hollow ways in Birch Cleave Wood (Monument)
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A series of likely medieval hollow ways in Birch Cleave Wood. They commence in the south at SS 7735 3917 and curve northwards uphill, some 50 metres parallel to, and south of the modern B3223 road, terminating about SS 7790 3940. They appear mainly as a series of scarps, up to 1.5 metres high, cut into the gentle west and north facing slopes. The area, as well as being deciduous woodland, is traversed by footpaths and old forestry vehicle tracks and is heavily covered in undergrowth, especially at the northern end.  Only the first 170 metres of the southern end were surveyed during field survey in 1994. [2, 3] The hollow ways described above were difficult to see on aerial photographs examined as part of the Exmoor National Park National Mapping Project in 2008, due to their location in dense woodland. However, they are visible as scarps and possible sunken tracks on a photograph taken in 1996. [4, 5]
- <1> SMO7324 Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 24 September 1994.
- <2> SMO5664 Survey: Sainsbury, I.S.. 1994. Simonsbath Hollow Ways Ink Survey. 1:1000. General: Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
- <3> SSO1864 Survey: RCHME. Exmoor Survey. 1994, NMR site SS 73 NW 67.
- <4> SEM7399 Aerial photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1996. Vertical Aerial Photograph. OS/96507 31-32 30 March 1996.
- <5> SMO7573 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 7764 3927 (598m by 226m) (Estimated from sources)|
|Civil Parish||EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1029821 (Original Monarch entry: 1029821)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE67
- National Park: Exmoor National Park
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1029821
- Somerset SMR PRN: 35746
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Mar 10 2021 1:58PM
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