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HER Number:MDV125746
Name:Roman Road south of Colebrooke


Lidar evidence suggests that the road eastwards from the Roman military complex near North Tawton followed a very direct route to Keymelford and did not deviate to the south-east as suggested by Margary and others. The route onwards to join with the Roman road running north from Exeter to Crediton is unclear.


Grid Reference:SX 758 994
Map Sheet:SX79NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishColebrooke
Civil ParishCrediton Hamlets
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCOLEBROOKE
Ecclesiastical ParishCREDITON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROAD (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD (Between))

Full description

Margary, I. D., 1967, Roman Roads in Britain, 120 (Monograph). SDV24025.

Margary suggests that the road turned to the south-east at Preston, thereafter keeping to the south of the River Yeo and did not go through Keymelford to Crediton as previously thought.

Kaye, S., 2019, Map of Roman roads Exeter Hinterland (Interpretation). SDV363001.

It was previously thought that the road eastwards from North Tawton Roman fort turned to the south-east below Colebrooke. However, Lidar imagery cleary shows that the military road headed straight towards Crediton to Keymelford. It is also detectable, continuing in a straight line, on the other side of the river. There is now some scepticism about the south-east deviation being a Roman road.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV24025Monograph: Margary, I. D.. 1967. Roman Roads in Britain. Roman Roads in Britain. Hardback Volume. 120.
SDV363001Interpretation: Kaye, S.. 2019. Map of Roman roads Exeter Hinterland. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV57034Parent of: Roman Road to west of Horwell Wood, Colebrooke (Monument)
MDV8434Related to: Roman Road between Prestons and North Down, Colebrooke (Monument)
MDV6863Related to: Roman Road to East of North Tawton Fort (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 7 2019 8:34AM