Hennock & Teign Village Chronicle

Published by the Hennock Village Hall Committee

300° view of Hennock from
the top of the Church Tower

© 2014 D Baker

Lanes and Sign Posts in Hennock

from the book Hennock - A Village History
by Iain Fraser, pub 2004
ISBN 0-9545121-1-1
Reproduced here by kind permission of the Author.
Copies of the book are usually available at The Palk Arms
or direct from the Author at e-mail: palkhistory@yahoo.co.uk or Tel: 01626 439489

Further extracts from this fascinating guide to bygone Hennock can be found in the Palk Arms and Village History sections.


Hennock has many very old lanes. Some of them are not mentioned on current maps, but they did all have names.

Emma Jane
Emma Jane Brock, Bell Lane cottages on the left and the Village Hall on the right.

Easy Lane. Easy way to reach Hennock from Warmhill. Rich in diverse plant life, this old sunken lane was used in olden days to transport, by wheelbarrow, flowers and exhibits down to the Flower Show near Warmhill Farm.

Shephards Hill: At the top of the road that comes up from Teign Village. Just before you reach the top, where wood is stored and farm animals can be seen, was the site of Shephards Farm. Some of the remains of the old farmhouse are still visible. From here up to Shute House is known as Shephards Hill.

Bell Lane: At present runs down past the Village Hall, but on the Tithe Map the old path which led to the church was called Bell Lane, not the road. It was named as such because it was from here that you gained entrance to the church.

Milton Lane: Runs down the side of Rose Cottage and down to Shephards Hill. Milton was the surname of the owner of Meadowbrook Cottage at the time.

Beacon Lane: As it suggests runs from the Five Lanes junction up to the beacon point above Hennock. The beacon site is about 815 feet above sea-level. (Mentioned earlier in the book but not in these extracts. Ed.). The beacon was used by the Romans and was also manned for 24 hours, every day, during the times of the Spanish Armada in 1588. The beacon was in direct line with the beacons at Buckland near Ashburton, Bridford, Tower Hill on Haldon and Little Haldon near Teignmouth.

Shameface Lane: Starts just below Five Lanes and runs down towards Huish Cross. I have not come across any references as to why this name was chosen, but can only assume it may have been due to the hot furnace of the limekiln situated close by and the hot, red faces of those who worked it.

Grassey Lane: Runs from just past the village hall up towards Hazelwood Copse. From the look of it, probably a very old lane that may have joined up with the track-way which goes down below Longlands and sometimes referred to as Long Lane.



Sign or Guide Posts

In Hennock you can find various granite signposts. On older maps they are described as 'Guide Posts'. They are placed around the village usually at old cross roads and most probably date back to the early 1800's. Most of them are about five or six feet tall and are made from granite. They are a part of the cultural heritage and are now listed features.

Sign Post
Leigh Cross granite Guide Post with chamfered top.
Drawing by Elaine Copley.


One can be seen at Five Lanes just as you enter the approach road to Hennock. This is actually five-sided and shows the directions to S. Bovey, Moreton, Chudleigh, Exeter and Hennock.

There is one down at Huish Cross, marked Exeter, Hennock & S. Bovey. On this particular one, you can see where the stonemason has written Chudleigh, then chiselled it away and written Hennock beneath it.

One is situated at the bottom of Shameface Lane. This is marked Hennock, Bovey & Chudleigh.

One can be found at the crossroads at Chericombehead, marked Hennock, Moreton, Bridford & S. Bovey.

Another is at the Leigh Cross Y junction as you come up past Leigh Farm and can either turn right to Teign Village or left up to Warmhill. On this post Hennock faces the Teign Village road and S. Bovey faces up towards Warmhill.

The only other one that I have found is down by Crockham Bridge. This is marked Hennock, Chudleigh, Exeter and Dunsford