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HER Number:MDV20484
Name:Drift lane from Postbridge to Rowtor Gate

Summary

Drift lane, an important route, presumably of medieval origin, leads from postbridge at sx64627878 to the open moor at rowtor gate sx62908028 (greeves).

Summary from record MDV6747:
Ancient trackway leading to broadun must have been well used in prehistoric times, for it yielded a large number of flint objects, including two small broken arrowheads.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 638 795
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of part of the 19th century leat supplying Powder Mills gunpowder factory, as well as a leat and reave on Chittaford Down
  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of tin working north-west of Postbridge, consisting of streamworking and a leat, probably post-medieval in date

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/147
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SW/7/1
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRACKWAY (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD (Between))
  • DROVE ROAD (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV245282.

Ancient trackway leading to broadun must have been well used in prehistoric times, for it yielded a large number of flint objects, including two small broken arrowheads.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV245283.

Burnard, r. /tda/26(1894)196/hut circles in broadun ring and broadun.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV254136.

Des=greeves, t. /middle merripit survey drawing/(-/2/1983) in parish file.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV254137.

Nmr=sx67nw215.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV254138.

Des=shillibeer, w. /freehold and early enclosures map/(1805-18)/in duchy of cornwall record office.


Greeves, T. A. P., Untitled Source (Worksheet). SDV69961.

Drift lane, an important route, presumably of medieval origin, leads from postbridge at sx64627878 to the open moor at rowtor gate sx62908028 (greeves).


RCHM, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV7666.

Not recorded (rchm app 1985). Vis=25/9/1989 (rchm) this access from the postbridge area to the high moor through enclosed ground appears on the middle merripit farm at sx64317933 from a walled section leading nnw from postbridge. From here its course, 2m wide, is terraced into the steep ne facing slope above the east dart river, opposite hartyland. It becomes a hollow-way 2m wide, 1m deep as it cuts through a prehistoric enclosure, heading nnw, its course partly obscured by gorse. It cuts the n edge of another prehistoric enclosure before crossing the chittaford and broad down brooks. It is now taken over the powder mills leat by a clam bridge and its hollowed course, about 2m wide and 0.8m deep, is then funnelled between a boundary bank and the wall of broaden settlement, ascending the hill to about 420m od before becoming lost in the peat. It can be seen again as a hollow way approaching the farm boundary at rowtor gate at sx62908026. As suggested by greeves) it may be medieval in origin (rchm).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV245282Migrated Record:
SDV245283Migrated Record:
SDV254136Migrated Record:
SDV254137Migrated Record:
SDV254138Migrated Record:
SDV69961Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P..
SDV7666Migrated Record: RCHM.

Associated Monuments

MDV6746Part of: Broad Down, Broadun Ring (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV5907 - LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD)
  • FDV5908 - ARROWHEAD (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:May 15 2018 2:02PM