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Monument Number 1475732

Hob Uid: 1475732
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS7777240294
Summary : A large number of interconnecting ditches or leats, presumably for drainage, are visible as earthworks in fields south east of Great Ashcombe, Exmoor. They appear to have been designed to channel water into Ashcombe Bottom and other un-named streams in the area. They most likely date to the post medieval period, and are possibly part of the Knight family's agricultural improvements in the area. Several of the larger leats are depicted on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map, indicating they were constructed and in use prior to publication in 1889.
More information : A large number of interconnecting ditches or leats, presumably for drainage, are visible as earthworks in fields south east of Great Ashcombe, Exmoor. Centred at approximately SS 7780 4019, the ditches cover an area of approximately 19 hectares. They are mostly straight, running downslope in a north-south direction. Two of the ditches appear to follow the contours of the slope however, and these may be "headmains" or supply ditches. The other ditches all connect with these larger examples. Several of the ditches appear to be surrounded by low banks, fragmentary in places.
The ditches appear to have been designed to channel water into Ashcombe Bottom and other un-named streams in the area. They most likely date to the post medieval period, and are possibly part of the Knight family's agricultural improvements in the area. Several of the larger leats are depicted on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map, indicating they were constructed and in use prior to publication in 1889 (1-3).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/95026 104-05 12-MAR-1995
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Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SF 1460 (SS 7740/2/140) 07-MAR-1979
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Source Number : 3
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:2500 1889
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Leat, Drainage Ditch, Water Channel, Drainage System
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 SE 188
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1476497
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1486600
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01