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HER Number:MDV18542
Name:Roman Road in the Parish of Sowton


The unusually wide verges along this stretch of the road are considered to be a good indication of the Roman origin for the road.


Grid Reference:SX 995 907
Map Sheet:SX99SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSowton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCLYST HONITON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY09SW/27

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Margary, I. D., 1967, Roman Roads in Britain, 117 (Monograph). SDV24025.

A Roman road is thought to have run westward near the coast from Charmouth via Timber Hill, Lyme Regis, Colyford, Newton Poppleford and Clyst St Mary to Exeter. The route after Lyme Regis is largely that followed by the A3052. There are constant indications of encroachments upon the verges for much of the way between Newton Poppleford and Clyst St Mary, which are unusually wide for the area. A good indication of age in a road.

Havard, T., 1999, Clyst St Mary to Aylesbeare Gas Main Pipeline, Near Exeter. Archaeological Walkover Survey (Report - Survey). SDV355254.

Walkover survey of pipeline route carried out on 25th October 1999. No archaeological remains or deposits observed, although much of the pipeline had already been backfilled. Figure 1 shows the pipeline to cross the A3052 at this location.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV24025Monograph: Margary, I. D.. 1967. Roman Roads in Britain. Roman Roads in Britain. Hardback Volume. 117.
SDV355254Report - Survey: Havard, T.. 1999. Clyst St Mary to Aylesbeare Gas Main Pipeline, Near Exeter. Archaeological Walkover Survey. Cotswold Archaeology Report. 991091. A4 Stapled + Digital. [Mapped feature: #117303 = MDV115594, ]

Associated Monuments

MDV115594Part of: Roman Road from Charmouth to Exeter (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 20 2019 4:12PM