Route record MYO2237 - Causeway across Hob Moor

Summary

Straight trackway or droveway flanked by ditches, surviving as an earthwork on Hob Moor. The track was ploughed over in the Napoleonic period, which shows it to have originated in the late 18th century at the latest, but it may be of medieval origin.

Location

Grid reference Centred SE 5831 5045 (442m by 434m)
Map sheet SE55SE
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire

Map

Type and Period (2)

Full Description

(SE 581 502 - 586 507) Straight trackway or droveway flanked by ditches, surviving as an earthwork on Hob Moor.

The track crosses Hob Moor (SE 55 SE 175) from south-west - north-east and is aligned approximately on the minster; this, together with its superficial similarity to a Roman road, has given rise to a popular belief that it may be pre-medieval in origin. It was ploughed over in the Napoleonic period (see SE 55 SE 176), which shows it to have originated by the late 18th century at the latest. Cartographic sources indicate that beyond the limits of Hob Moor common, its course was not straight and followed medieval field boundaries, suggesting that it may be of medieval origin.

A Level 1 survey of Hob Moor was carried out in 2003 as part of English Heritage's Archaeology of Urban Commons Project (Event record 1376159). (1)

1 Field Investigators Comments English Heritage: Archaeology of Urban Commons project


NMR, NMR data (Unpublished document). SYO2214.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: NMR. NMR data.

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Sep 13 2019 12:28PM

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