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Monument Number 1484829

Hob Uid: 1484829
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Brayford, Challacombe
Grid Ref : SS7156039261
Summary : A trackway of probable medieval or post medieval date is visible on aerial photographs as a series of gullies and sunken hollows north-east of Henthitchen, Brayford. It resembles the "ancient trackways" previously recorded in this area around Mole's Chamber and Roosthitchen, which linked Lynton and South Molton, and Porlock and Barnstaple. This trackway may well have been a part of either route, or a separate link road to one or both.
More information : A trackway of probable medieval or post medieval date is visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks north-east of Henthitchen, Brayford. Beginning at approximately SS 7180 3899 the trackway is visible as a number of interweaving sunken ruts and hollows, running approximately east-west before fading from view at SS 7135 3909.
The track strongly resembles the "ancient trackways" previously recorded in this area around Mole's Chamber and Roosthitchen, which linked Lynton and South Molton, and Porlock and Barnstaple. This trackway may well have been a part of either route, or a separate link road to one or both. An 1816 map of Exmoor forest around the time of enclosure shows a bridle way route to Barnstaple running along this approximate course, but this is believed to lie further east past Mole's Chamber. Additional similar trackways can be seen in the immediate area; to the west at Castle Cleave Combe, and to the north at Castle Common. Unlike the Lynton/South Molton route and the Barnstaple/Porlock route however, these trackways are not depicted on the first edition Ordnance Survey map, indicating they were out of use or replaced prior to this date (1-3).

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF CPE/UK/2082 4104-06 19-MAY-1947
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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 : Map "Exmoor Forest at the time of Inclosure 1816" reproduced in Orwin, C.S. 1929 "The Reclamation of Exmoor Forest" London, Oxford University Press facing page 20.
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Trackway, Packhorse Road
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Trackway, Packhorse Road
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 73 NW 139
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1050195
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 909567
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1484833
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