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Monument Number 1480216

Hob Uid: 1480216
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Brendon and Countisbury, Lynton and Lynmouth
Grid Ref : SS7411544301
Summary : A series of linear hollows and ditches on the west slopes of Furzehill Common above Hoaroak Water, Lynton and Lynmouth, bear a striking resemblance to the medieval or post medieval packhorse roads seen elsewhere on Exmoor (see NMR UID 1044231). It is possible that this is part of the packhorse road which skirted the boundary of the former Royal Forest of Exmoor, crossing Hoaroak Water before continuing up and over Cheriton Ridge.
More information : A series of linear hollows and ditches on the west slopes of Furzehill Common above Hoaroak Water, Lynton and Lynmouth, bear a striking resemblance to the medieval or post medieval packhorse roads seen elsewhere on Exmoor (see NMR UID 1044231). Centred at approximately SS 7413 4430, the tracks run roughly north-south along the contours of the east facing slope above Hoaroak Water. At the southern ends of the tracks, they curve downslope towards the river before fading from view, but presumably the track crossed Hoaroak Water at this point. There is no track or roadway depicted at this location on the first edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting it was abandoned prior to publication in 1889.
It is possible that this is part of the packhorse road described by Burton and seen elsewhere on Exmoor, which skirted the boundary of the former Royal Forest of Exmoor, crossing Hoaroak Water before continuing up and over Cheriton Ridge (1-3).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/73087 672-73 17-APR-1973
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Source Number : 2
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:2500 1889
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Source Number : 3
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Burton, R.A 1989 "The Heritage of Exmoor" Maslands Ltd, Tiverton page(s) 30-31
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Packhorse Road, Trackway
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Packhorse Road, Trackway
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
Display Date : Uncertain
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Monument Type : Trackway
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 18169
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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 26028
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 SW 280
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1044231
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01