It might well be a safe anchorage, but it's a hell of a deep valley to
get in and out of. Bad enough in a modern vehicle on a good road. I'd
hate to be trying to get a pack animal loaded with silver down there.
Also, not wishing to deny your local knowledge, but Bideford seems to
be an okay harbour, as does Watchet. If we're talking Roman, then I
suppose Langport, although that's quite far inland. And does anyone
have any numbers on how far upstream the Taw and Torridge were
On Wed 28 May, Trevor Dunkerley wrote:
> That's interesting, Local tradition here in Combe Martin (probably the only
> safe anchorage between Bristol and Cornwall) talks of Phoenician traders,
> and a series of rock cut steps from the anchorage are still called 'the
> Phoenician steps'.
> Oral tradition here always relates the traders with silver from the Combe
> Martin mines - I wonder!
> Kindest regards,
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Doug Weller" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2003 12:01 AM
> Subject: Re: Forget pagans, what about Bristol?
> > Andrew Smith said:
> > > I know my memory is not as good as it used to be, Edwin, but I think
> > > Boyle from the museum in Bristol did reply, some time ago.
> > > I think she said that the extant works are 18th century.
> > > The local tradition is that the Phoenicians first made a harbour there,
> > > and
> > > it seems to be reasonably well attested that Sea Mills equates to the
> > > Roman
> > > Abonae.
> > I wonder how such a local tradition arose? My guess would be some early
> > antiguarian. I doubt that it goes back to pre-Roman times. :-)
> > Doug
Just a layman
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