MSO7974 - New Road, Porlock (Monument)


A 19th Century toll road, built for Mr Blathwayt in about 1840 at Porlock to provide an alternative access up the hill than Porlock Hill road.

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Protected Status

Full Description

A toll house at SS 8760 4670 was recorded in the Somerset SMR from documentary sources [1,2]. In about 1840 the Lord of the Manor, Mr Blathwayt, decided to build a new road as a scenic drive (rather than to avoid Porlock Hill - MEM22230). It begins above the Ship Inn and follows an easier gradient for 4.5 miles to Pitt Combe Head. It was dug out manually and a French engineer was employed. Pine trees were planted and still mark the line of the road. The toll is collected from houses built in 1924 (MEM22228). [3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4] The entrance to the Toll Road in Porlock is shown in a photograph. This includes the toll pricing. [5] The road is labelled "New Road" on the 2022 Ordnance Survey Vector and MasterMap data. [6,7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. J Hardwick, SCPD, 6 February 1978.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560. 1962.
  • <3> Monograph: Corner, Dennis. 1992. Porlock in Those Days. Exmoor Books. 47-49.
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1127378, Extant 14 February 2022.
  • <5> Report: Pratt, N.. 2013. Porlock Conservation Area: Appraisal Document. Exmoor National Park Authority. Figure 15.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2022. VectorMap Local. 1:10,000. Digital.
  • <7>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2022. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #39329 ]

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Other Statuses/References

  • Local Heritage List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE35
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1127378
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33958



Grid reference Centred SS 8625 4661 (4269m by 751m)
Map sheet SS84NE

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Record last edited

Nov 1 2022 10:10AM


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