Steinmetzer, M., (2013). Archaeological monitoring and recording at Plymbridge Woods, Plymouth, Devon. Oakford Archaeology: Oakford Archaeology.

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Archaeological monitoring and recording at Plymbridge Woods, Plymouth, Devon
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Oakford Archaeology unpublished report series
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oakforda1-159270_1.pdf (1 MB) : Download
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1023192
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An archaeological watching brief was undertaken by Oakford Archaeology in June 2013 on land near Plymbridge Woods, Plymouth, Devon (SX 5220 7533). The work was commissioned by Dinsdale Moorland Services and undertaken as part of the 1 South West Off-Road Cycling Project. The site lies in an area of local and regional historic significance, containing the remains of stone quarries and associated engine houses and workshops dating from the late 17th century onwards, with extensive transport links connecting these to nearby Plymouth. The Plymouth and Dartmoor Railway (PDR) was a horse-drawn tramway which opened in 1823 to transport stone from Dartmoor to Plymouth, and was Devon's first iron railroad. The PDR, with a gauge of four and a half feet (1.4m) with chaired rails bolted to granite sets or sleepers, was used for the transportation of stone from the Dartmoor quarries for the construction of Nelson's Column and London Bridge. A watching brief was maintained during drainage works associated with the construction of the cycle trail. The ground reduction for the new drainage extended to a depth of 1.1m deep. Inspection of the trenching provided a cross-section through the PDR embankment. The line of the railway was terraced into the slope between a series of hilly spurs, at a point where a natural stream crossed the tracks.
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M Steinmetzer
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Oakford Archaeology
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Plymouth City Council HER (OASIS Reviewer)
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2013
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Site: Plymouth Dartmoor Railway
Parish: PLYMOUTH
District: PLYMOUTH
County: DEVON
Country: England
Location - Auto Detected: Plymouth The Plymouth
Location - Auto Detected: Plymouth
Location - Auto Detected: Dartmoor
Grid Reference: 252170, 59960 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: None Uncertain
Monus: Mineral Railway Post Medieval
Monus: Tramway Post Medieval
Temporal - Auto Detected: 1823
Temporal - Auto Detected: Late 17th Century
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OASIS Id: oakforda1-159270
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25 Nov 2016
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