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HER Number:MDV126834
Name:Roman road from Crediton to Burrington Moor


Possible route of a Roman road from Crediton through Copplestone, Down St Mary and Coldridge to Partridge Walls and from there through Wembworthy and Ashreigney to Burrington Moor, the deep valleys being crossed by a series of zigzags. From Burrington it is suggested that the road probably extended towards Bideford perhaps rather than Barnstaple.


Grid Reference:SS 716 083
Map Sheet:SS70NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAshreigney
Civil ParishBrushford
Civil ParishBurrington
Civil ParishColdridge
Civil ParishCopplestone
Civil ParishCrediton
Civil ParishCrediton Hamlets
Civil ParishDown St. Mary
Civil ParishEggesford
Civil ParishLapford
Civil ParishWembworthy
Civil ParishWinkleigh
Civil ParishZeal Monachorum
DistrictMid Devon
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCOLDRIDGE
Ecclesiastical ParishCOLEBROOKE
Ecclesiastical ParishASHREIGNEY
Ecclesiastical ParishCREDITON
Ecclesiastical ParishDOWN ST.MARY
Ecclesiastical ParishEGGESFORD
Ecclesiastical ParishLAPFORD
Ecclesiastical ParishWEMBWORTHY
Ecclesiastical ParishWINKLEIGH
Ecclesiastical ParishZEAL MONACHORUM
Ecclesiastical ParishBRUSHFORD
Ecclesiastical ParishBURRINGTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Hoskins, W. G., 1956-1958, Devon Parish Notes, 145 (Article in Serial). SDV18346.

Hoskins suggests this may be a Roman road because of its directness, and its tendency to follow the line of parish boundaries.

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

Margary suggests that there was a Roman road running northwest from Exeter through Crediton and then on through Down St Mary and Ashreigney to Burrington as the roads along this course are direct and are tactically located on the moderately high ground between Dartmoor and Exmoor.
From Crediton he notes a 'striking alignment' of roads through Copplestone, Down St Mary, Aller Bridge and Coldridge to Partridge Walls, from where a more northerly turn on a high point takes the road through Wembworthy, Stable Green and Ashreigney to Burrington, the deep valleys being crossed by a series of zigzags. From Burrington, he suggests that the road probably extended towards Bideford perhaps rather than Barnstaple.

Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV18346Article in Serial: Hoskins, W. G.. 1956-1958. Devon Parish Notes. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 27. 145.
SDV24025Monograph: Margary, I. D.. 1967. Roman Roads in Britain. Roman Roads in Britain. Hardback Volume.
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #122713 Based on route given in SDV24025, ]

Associated Monuments

MDV59477Parent of: Roman Road at Burrowplot Cross, Coldridge (Monument)
MDV18473Parent of: Roman Road at Crediton (Monument)
MDV18472Parent of: Roman Road from Knowle Cross to Water Bridge Cross (Monument)
MDV59560Parent of: Roman Road to north of Lama Cross, Wembworthy (Monument)
MDV29053Related to: Modern pipeline or Roman road, east of Church Lane Cross, Coldridge (Monument)
MDV121340Related to: Possible Road or Natural Feature, Middle Reeve, Brushford (Monument)
MDV18461Related to: Roman Road from Exeter to Crediton (Monument)
MDV55355Related to: Western Road, Crediton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 17 2020 7:24AM