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HER Number:MDV58493
Name:Exeter, Stoke Canon and Heavitree Parish Boundary


The Historic Parish Boundary between Stoke Canon and Heavitree


Grid Reference:SX 927 957
Map Sheet:SX99NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishExeter
Ecclesiastical ParishHEAVITREE
Ecclesiastical ParishSTOKE CANON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX99NW/211/4

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PARISH BOUNDARY (Lower Palaeolithic to Late Medieval - 698000 BC to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Fox, A., 1949, Untitled Source (Unknown). SDV336927.

The ridgeway at Stoke Hill is an Iron Age/Saxon boundary bank. It runs from SX92939584 to SX93809595.

Hoskins, W. G., 1960, Untitled Source (Monograph). SDV336928.

A bank running from the River Exe, about 2 miles north of Exeter, is suggested by Hoskins to mark the boundary of the Royal Estate of the Dumnorian and Saxon Kings around Exeter. It can be seen as a massive hedgebank running from the river right up through Stoke Woods. It crosses the Marypole Head to Stoke Canon Road just beyond the summit and continues as a hedgebank until it reaches the Iron Age fort at Stoke Hill. From there it runs along the ridgeway until it meets the old road over Stoke Hill from Exeter. On the other side of the road, near the second milestone from Exeter, is a massive stretch of bank serving no purpose today. Beyond this it cannot be traced but it probably extended to Beacon Hill above Pinhoe.

Pearce, S. M., 1982, Church and Society in South Devon, AD 350-700 (Article in Serial). SDV336077.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1982, SX99NW19 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV336931.

From Pennsylvania Road to Stoke Hill Fort, and around its northern side, are normal fieldbanks and scarp boundaries to SX927957.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336077Article in Serial: Pearce, S. M.. 1982. Church and Society in South Devon, AD 350-700. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 40. Paperback Volume.
SDV336927Unknown: Fox, A.. 1949.
SDV336928Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1960. Two Thousand Years In Exeter.
SDV336931Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1982. SX99NW19. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.

Associated Monuments

MDV29635Related to: Exeter, Stoke Hill, Boundary Bank (Monument)
MDV58495Related to: Stoke Hill, Ridgeway (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4114 - OSA Site Visit

Date Last Edited:Mar 23 2017 10:31AM