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The River Wye



Red Rail Ford - excavation


A ford at Red Rail near Hoarwithy is recorded in 1652. It is likely to have been in existence much earlier than that. This shows Red Rail Ford on Isaac Taylor's 'New map of the County of Hereford', published in 1754.


The ford went out of use after the building of a bridge a short distance upstream at Hoarwithy. This is the first edition OS map of 1886.

In the 1960s an excavation on the eastern, Kings Caple, side of the ford found a cobbled road.

We decided to find out if a similar feature existed on the western side.


Red Rail Ford from the air. This view is from the south with the ford in the centre of the photograph. The road through the ford led along a hollow-way immediately beyond the clump of trees at the extreme left, across the main road (running top to bottom through the middle) and then along the hedgeline to the east.

Members of the group removing the topsoil from the trench.

After several hours hard digging the surface of a road was found.

The surface of the road

Red Rail Ford, August 27th

Following visiting the site on August 17th, Ross Sub Aqua Club dived at the site of the old river crossing at Red Rail Ford, Hoarwithy.



Ross Sub-Aqua Club diving at Red Rail



For further information please contact Archenfield Archaeology on 01432 830 757 or email info@archenfield.com





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