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HER Number:MDV18525
Name:Roman Road from Exeter to Teignbridge

Summary

The course of the first three miles of the Roman road from Exeter to Teignbridge is unknown but from Red Cross it is believed to run along the line of a derelict road to Kennford and from there along the line of the old A380 to Beggars Bush, through Dunscombe and Wapperwell to rejoin the old A380 to Sandygate and thence to Teign Bridge. See associated monuments for reports on individual sections of the road.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 888 802
Map Sheet:SX88SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishChudleigh
Civil ParishIdeford
Civil ParishKenn
Civil ParishKenton
Civil ParishKingsteignton
Civil ParishNewton Abbot
Civil ParishTeigngrace
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishCHUDLEIGH
Ecclesiastical ParishEXMINSTER
Ecclesiastical ParishHIGHWEEK
Ecclesiastical ParishIDEFORD
Ecclesiastical ParishKENN
Ecclesiastical ParishKENTON
Ecclesiastical ParishKINGSTEIGNTON
Ecclesiastical ParishTEIGNGRACE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX98NW/80

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

ROMAN ROAD marked. Map object based partly on this source.

Woolner, D. + Woolner, A., 1954, Teignbridge and the Haldon Road, 211-27, Figs 1-5 (Article in Serial). SDV284170.

Full report on the examination of the stretch of the A380 from the bottom of Telegraph Hill to just beyond the crossing of Teign Marshes. Conclusive evidence found that this road is of Roman origin, as are the earliest foundations of the Teign Bridge.

Ordnance Survey, 1963, Ordnance Survey 6 inch map (Cartographic). SDV166087.

The Roman road over Haldon Ridge follows the Chudleigh/Kenton parish boundary along the A380 road from SX90838200 to SX90378136.

Margary, I. D., 1967, Roman Roads in Britain, 118-120 (Monograph). SDV24025.

Roman road from Exeter to Teignbridge. Route 491 (13 miles). The course for the first three miles to Kennford is not yet known, although it is presumed it went through Alphington as the present road does. From Red Cross an old derelict road runs straight over the hill to Kennford and continues in an almost straight line to Kenn Cross. It then follows the road [old A380] but diverges through Round O Plantation, where the agger can be seen. It cross the modern road diagonally at the summit cross roads and then appears as a broad low agger. The route has been traced through the wood to Harcombe Head where a turn to the south-west was made. It can then be seen to the west of the road until the fork with the road to Teignmouth. It passes by a house called The Thorns and then follows an older road to Beggars' Bush. From there it descends to Dunscombe Bridge, where the agger is visible. It continues to Boxhills Copse, where it is terraced on the hillside, to Wapperwell where again the agger is visible. It then runs inside the wall of Ugbrook Park and then rejoins the present road leading into Colleyhole Brake. The modern road diverges at Sands Copse but the Roman road goes straight on to Sandygate; the agger can still be seen in places, and thence to Teignbridge. There is much evidence to indicate that this is an old crossing with a succession of bridges having been built here. The earliest structure is based on timber piers that may be Roman. Map object based partly on this source.

Timms, S. C., 1976, The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft, 139 (Report - Survey). SDV341346.

The line of a probable Roman road has been traced from Telegraph Hill, over Haldon and down to Teignbridge.

Mitchell, M., 1979, Ball Clay Survey of South Devon, Worksheet 19 (Archive - Survey). SDV341500.

No. 14. Site visit 27th June 1979. Part of the modern A380 and Sandygate Road is said to follow the line of the Roman road from Exeter via Haldon Hill. No visible evidence to substantiate this suggestion.

Reed, S. J. + Turton, S. D., 2001, Archaeological Assessment of Bovey Basin Mineral Site. Part 1 Overview (Report - Assessment). SDV336226.

Chandler, J., 2002, Telegraph Hill: map regression 1675-1963 (Report - Assessment). SDV321746.

The road over Telegraph Hill is shown on the earliest maps from 1675. The road became part of the Exeter Turnpike Trust's road to Newton Abbot from the 1750s.

Jenkinson, T., 2003 - 2010, Totnes to Chudleigh A381/B3193 (Report - Survey). SDV347804.

Goodwin, N., 2006, Archaeological Watching Brief on an Electricity Cable Diversion, Kennford, Kenn (Report - Watching Brief). SDV338501.

Exeter Archaeology, 2007, Archaeological Assessment of Newcross and Broadway Mineral Sites, Kingsteignton, Devon (Report - Assessment). SDV342756.

Leverett, M., 2008, Archaeological Watching Brief at Teigngrace Causeway (Report - Watching Brief). SDV342753.

Young, G., 2010, Archaeological Monitoring of Trial Pits Along Old Exeter Road, Kingsteignton (Report - Watching Brief). SDV347551.

Woolner, D. + Woolner, A., 2014, Teignbridge and the Haldon Road: Revised 2014 (Article in Serial). SDV358583.

Hughes, S. D., Nov 2007, Archaeological Trench Evaluation on Land West of Old Exeter Road, Newton Abbot, Devon (Report - Evaluation). SDV357391.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV166087Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
SDV24025Monograph: Margary, I. D.. 1967. Roman Roads in Britain. Roman Roads in Britain. Hardback Volume. 118-120.
SDV284170Article in Serial: Woolner, D. + Woolner, A.. 1954. Teignbridge and the Haldon Road. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 86. A5 Hardback. 211-27, Figs 1-5. [Mapped features: #82258 ; #82259 ; #82260 ; #82261 ; #82262 ; #82263 ; #82264 ; #82265 ; #82266 ; #82267 ; #82268 ]
SDV321746Report - Assessment: Chandler, J.. 2002. Telegraph Hill: map regression 1675-1963. AC Archaeology Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336226Report - Assessment: Reed, S. J. + Turton, S. D.. 2001. Archaeological Assessment of Bovey Basin Mineral Site. Part 1 Overview. Exeter Archaeology Report. 01.80. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV338501Report - Watching Brief: Goodwin, N.. 2006. Archaeological Watching Brief on an Electricity Cable Diversion, Kennford, Kenn. Exeter Archaeology Report. Project 5875. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV341346Report - Survey: Timms, S. C.. 1976. The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 139.
SDV341500Archive - Survey: Mitchell, M.. 1979. Ball Clay Survey of South Devon. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Survey of the Ball Clay Industry of . Mixed Archive Material. Worksheet 19.
SDV342753Report - Watching Brief: Leverett, M.. 2008. Archaeological Watching Brief at Teigngrace Causeway. Exeter Archaeology Report. 08.50. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV342756Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2007. Archaeological Assessment of Newcross and Broadway Mineral Sites, Kingsteignton, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV347551Report - Watching Brief: Young, G.. 2010. Archaeological Monitoring of Trial Pits Along Old Exeter Road, Kingsteignton. Exeter Archaeology Historic Environment Record Entry. EA7298. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV347804Report - Survey: Jenkinson, T.. 2003 - 2010. Totnes to Chudleigh A381/B3193. Devon Milestone Survey. A4 Stapled.
SDV357391Report - Evaluation: Hughes, S. D.. Nov 2007. Archaeological Trench Evaluation on Land West of Old Exeter Road, Newton Abbot, Devon. Exeter Archaeology. 07.100. Digital.
SDV358583Article in Serial: Woolner, D. + Woolner, A.. 2014. Teignbridge and the Haldon Road: Revised 2014. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 86. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV15170Parent of: Road ascending Telegraph Hill, Kenn (Monument)
MDV14720Parent of: Roman Road about 165 metres north-east of New Lodge, Chudleigh (Monument)
MDV118365Parent of: Roman Road at Exeter Road Junction, Sandygate (Monument)
MDV13784Parent of: Roman Road at Sands Copse, Ideford (Monument)
MDV9216Parent of: Roman Road from Sandygate to Teign Bridge (Monument)
MDV118361Parent of: Roman Road on Telegraph Hill. Kenn (Monument)
MDV18516Parent of: Roman Road through Chudleigh Parish (Monument)
MDV10067Parent of: Roman Road through Round O Plantation, Kenn (Monument)
MDV14721Related to: Old Road(s) at Lower Dunscombe (Monument)
MDV62500Related to: Roman Road from Three Corner Plantation to Teignbridge (Monument)
MDV20526Related to: Scatter at Abbrook Farm, Kingsteignton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4223 - Electricity Cable Diversion, Kennford, Kenn
  • EDV4540 - Watching Brief at Teigngrace Causeway
  • EDV4541 - Archaeological Assessment of Newcross and Broadway Mineral Sites
  • EDV4912 - Archaeological Assessment of Bovey Basin Mineral Site
  • EDV5161 - Archaeological Watching Brief on Old Exeter Road, Kingsteignton
  • EDV5272 - Milestone Survey from Totnes to Chudleigh
  • EDV6607 - Archaeological Trench Evaluation on Land West of Old Exeter Road, Newton Abbot
  • EDV4322 - Southacre and John Acres Lane/Whitepit

Date Last Edited:Jun 16 2020 1:42PM