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Monument Number 1029821

Hob Uid: 1029821
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS7759639307
Summary : A series of hollow ways, probably dating to the medieval period, are visible in Birch Cleave Wood as scarps up to 1.5m high cut into the hillslope.
More information : SS 7739 3924. A series of hollow ways in Birch Cleave Wood. They commence in the south at SS 7735 3917 and curve northwards uphill, some 50m parallel to and south of the modern B3223 road, terminating about SS 7790 3940. They appear mainly as a series of scarps, up to 1.5m 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. (Note: Only the first 170m of the southern end have been surveyed.) (1-2)

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 (3).

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Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Sainsbury I S 24-SEP-1994 RCHME Field Investigation.
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Source Number : 2
Source : Simonsbath hollow ways/ink survey
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Source Number : 3
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/96507 31-32 30-MAR-1996
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Hollow Way
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 35746
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External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MSO7077
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 73 NE 67
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01