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HER Number:MDV14008
Name:A3052 from Gatcombe Ash to Stafford Bridge,

Summary

The course of the A3052 from Gatcombe Ash to Stafford Bridge coincides with a Saxon herpath, or military way, mentioned in a boundry charter of Fleote, now Seaton, of 1005. The herpath was on the line of the older Roman road towards Exeter.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 232 918
Map Sheet:SY29SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishColyton
Civil ParishSeaton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCOLYTON
Ecclesiastical ParishSEATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29SW/118

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROAD (Constructed, Roman to Saxon - 43 AD to 1065 AD (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. N., 1878, Notes on the Historical Connections of Devonshire Place-names, 300 (Article in Serial). SDV362967.

The name Harepath indicates an association with an ancient road.

Davidson, J. B., 1885, Seaton Before the Conquest, 195-196 (Article in Serial). SDV348507.

The herpath, an old military way, is mentioned in a boundary charter of 1005 at Seaton. Part of the boundary of one manse of hide of Aet Fleote (Seaton) was granted by Aethelred in 1005 to a thegn named Eadsig was the herparth from Crymelham to Combeways Head. Lower Gatcombe was anciently called Crymelham and there are still fields in the vicinity bearing the name Crimland [Grimland]. From Combeway the boundary whent to Horriford and down the stream to Stanford [Stafford]. The designation of herpath is preserved in the name of Harepath Farm.

Gibbens, G. H., 1950, A Short History of Sidmouth, 217 (Article in Serial). SDV337191.

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

Turton, S. D. + Weddell, P. J., 1992, Archaeological Assessment of SWW Branscombe to Gatcombe Water Main, 5 (Report - Assessment). SDV342841.

The course of the A3052 from Gatcombe Ash to Harepath Hill coincides with the Saxon herpath mentioned in a charter of 1005. This trackway, on the line of the Roman road, was part of the boundary of one hide of the estate of Fleote (the Saxon predecessor of Seaton), granted by Aethelred to a thegn named Eadsig (information from SMR).

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 1667 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Line of track from Harepath Hill to parish boundary at Stafford Cross. The Harepath formed part of Saxon boundary. On same line as Roman road.
SMR.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV24025Monograph: Margary, I. D.. 1967. Roman Roads in Britain. Roman Roads in Britain. Hardback Volume.
SDV337191Article in Serial: Gibbens, G. H.. 1950. A Short History of Sidmouth. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 82. A5 Hardback. 217.
SDV342841Report - Assessment: Turton, S. D. + Weddell, P. J.. 1992. Archaeological Assessment of SWW Branscombe to Gatcombe Water Main. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 92.54. A4 Stapled + Digital. 5.
SDV348507Article in Serial: Davidson, J. B.. 1885. Seaton Before the Conquest. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 17. Unknown. 195-196.
SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. Site No. 1667.
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #117449 ]
SDV362967Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1878. Notes on the Historical Connections of Devonshire Place-names. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 10. Digital. 300.

Associated Monuments

MDV115594Part of: Roman road from Charmouth (Dorset) to Exeter (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 22 2020 2:18PM