A Saxon hedge–line

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A Saxon hedge–line

The hedge on the horizon, a familiar feature on the road from Countess Wear to the M5 interchange at Sandy Gate, is an unremarkable feature of modern Exeter. It is nevertheless very ancient, being part of the boundary of the estate of Topsham which belonged to Exeter Cathedral before the Norman Conquest. In 11th-century charters it is called an ‘old dyke’ so it may be presumed to be more than 1000 years old - perhaps centuries older.

Acknowledgments: Exeter City Council