MSO7126 - Medieval and post-medieval routeway between Driver Cottages and Exe Head (Monument)
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Bridlepath/Packhorse track (Porlock to Barnstaple) SS 7500 4140 to SS 7315 4000. An ancient way from Porlock by Hawkcombe Head, Acmead (Larkbarrow), Preyway, Exe Head, Drive, and Moles Chamber to Bratton and Barnstaple. A portion of it may be seen between Driver and Moles Chamber. According to MacDermot  it was never more than a bridlepath, though no doubt it was used for packhorse traffic. SS 7400 4060. Unlike the similar Lynton to South Moulton route, this is not shown on the 1891 six inch Ordnance Survey map  and is not evident on the ground, from Exe Head to Driver Cottages. However, from the main Simonsbath Road southwards through to Mole's Chamber it is depicted on the Ordnance Survey 1:2500 map  as a Bridle Road. Part of this is still in use as a rough track which is visible crossing the southern edge of this sheet.  The route is shown on the 1818 Inclosure Maps for Exmoor. The southeastern end is labelled "No. 11 Barnstaple Bridle Road". The Award describes this as "One public bridle road of the breadth of six ffeet" and its route is described in detail, beginning at Mole's Chamber and ending at the entrance of the Brendon Road against Brendon Common. It is not clear how much of the original routeway followed this depicted route, as not all of the routeways on the map were laid out at this time. [5,6] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. 
- <1> SEM7410 Monograph: MacDermot, E.T.. 1911. The History of the Forest of Exmoor. Barnicott and Pearce, The Wessex Press. 13.
- <2> SEM6705 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1891,Devon 7SW.
- <3> SEM6703 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890 (Surveyed 1888), Somerset 44(7).
- <4> SMO7324 Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 5 May 1995 RCHME Field Investigation.
- <5>XY SEM8815 Map: Kelsey, F.J.. 1818. A Map of Exmoor Forest Referred to by the annexed Award. 4 inches : 1 mile. Pen and Ink. [Mapped feature: #46488 ]
- <6> SEM8036 Map: Kelsey, F.J.. 1818. The Map Referred to in the annexed Award [Exmoor Inclosure Award]. 4 inches : 1 mile. Pen and Ink.
- <7> SEM7987 Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1044270, Extant 29 November 2021.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 7421 4075 (1824m by 1495m)|
|Civil Parish||EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
Related Monuments/Buildings (4)
- Parent of: Post-medieval trackway or bridlepath southeast of Driver Farm (Monument) (MMO2159)
- Related to: Medieval and post-medieval packhorse road south of Dure Down (Monument) (MSO12410)
- Related to: Medieval packhorse track northeast of Mole's Chamber (Monument) (MSO7005)
- Related to: The Linton Road, Exmoor (Monument) (MSO10209)
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1044270 (Pastscape entry: 1044270)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW142
- National Park
- NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1044270
Record last edited
Nov 29 2021 9:55PM
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