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Monument Number 1029829

Hob Uid: 1029829
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS7644938327
Summary : An area of undulations extending across Deer Park, Exmoor, north of Blue Gate Iron Mine, may possibly mark the previous post medieval roadway into Simonsbath before the construction of the modern road. The earthworks are clearly visible on aerial photographs, and in places resemble the packhorse roads seen elsewhere in and around the former Royal Forest of Exmoor.
More information : An area of indistinct undulations to the north of and within the area of the Blue Gate mining complex. The features appear to predate the mining activity and probably mark the former route to Simonsbath before the construction of the present road in the nineteenth century. (See SS 73 NE 62 and 67). (1)

Centred at approximately SS 7639 3817, the features consist of an area of interweaving sunken hollows and gullies, running north-south from SS 7615 3794 as far as SS 7630 3820, where they fade from view. At SS 7645 3817, a single sunken track runs north-south towards Simonsbath as far as SS 7672 3871. The interweaving tracks strongly resemble the packhorse roads seen elsewhere in and around the former Royal Forest, while the single track is clearly a former route into Simonsbath. It seems likely that these features are the remains of the post medieval road into Simonsbath, abandoned following construction of the modern road to the west (2).

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Wilson-North W R 28-OCT-1994 RCHME Field Investigation.
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Source Number : 2
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/96507 41-42 30-MAR-1996
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Hollow Way, Packhorse Road
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 35745
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MSO7072
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 73 NE 68
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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