A north-south road runs from Sandford Hill (ST419580) to Shute Shelf (ST421560).
It can be shown that this road was in use in the Romano-British period as a resistivity
survey (see 220.127.116.11 : Ox House Paddock) clearly indicates a small building associated
with a scatter of 3rd and 4th century pottery and the survey appears to show a well-defined
track leading from the building to the line of the road. Several 4th century coins
have been found along the presumed course of the road (see 3.1 Finds: coins). It
is possible that the trackway dates back to at least the Bronze Age as several round
barrows have been identified close to it.
The route appears to leave the line of the present Sandford Road just north of Broadleaze
Farm and turn towards the sharp bend at the end of Ilex Lane and the green lane north
towards Towerhead, also crossing the line of another ancient road at this point.
The line passes to the north west of a ploughed-out round barrow (see 18.104.22.168 : Broadleaze
Farm) and to the east of a probable Iron Age enclosure before it meets this crossroads.
From this point the road turns south, skirting the edge of a large enclosure ditch
in Great Wortice (see 22.214.171.124 : Wortice) and continues towards the Winscombe/Banwell
parish boundary. The resistivity survey indicates that the road ran between two ditches.
A ground resistance survey showing the line of the road north of the Winscombe/Banwell
parish boundary. The line of the road can be seen south centre, and curving north
to the northeast corner
This was confirmed when the boundary ditch was re-cut in 1999 and the surface of
the road was visible in the section.
A drawing looking north across the exposed line of the road where it meets the Parish
boundary at (GR ST 4157 5840) seen after the ditch had been re-cut in 1999. This
is not a vertical section and therefore the height is exaggerated.
The line of this road continues south through several fields, eventually continuing
as a drove and lane.
A survey of the line of the road south of the parish boundary showing an area
60m by 160m looking north. A modern fence is discernable to the left of the stony
surface of the road. To the south, where the trackway enters the next field,
a small enclosure has been constructed on the hard surface. A second enclosure
has been identified south of this also on the same surface (not shown on this
survey). The field to the north was originally within a mediaeval deer park and
it is likely that the use of this trackway was discouraged at the time of the
formation of the park. The field to the left of the road shows a grid pattern
of drainage ditches.
The trackway continues to the south along a present day drove where it follows the
lane to the west of Mooseheart. It is possible that the line of the road has been
altered in recent times and that it originally passed through part of the grounds
of what is now Mooseheart before it crossed the present Banwell Road. Here the line
becomes unclear but it is presumed that the trackway follows a present day footpath
across Winscombe Farm, crossing The Lynch at a point where there was a cock-fighting
yard in the 18th century (see 2.3.9 : Cockfighting year). The line from this point
crosses what was an open field (Eastfield) and can be seen to continue towards Shute
Shelf after it crosses Eastwell Lane following the line of the 18th century Winscombe
Footpath to Winscombe Hill. South of Eastwell Lane and on the line of the trackway,
a coin of Crispus (317-326) was found by a metal detectorist in 2001.