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Monument Number 1484191

Hob Uid: 1484191
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS7351239979
Summary : A post medieval or possibly 20th century drainage system is visible on aerial photographs on moorland south of Driver Cottages (now called Moorland Way), Exmoor. One of the ditches is depicted on the first edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting at least part of the system was constructed and in use by the time of publication in 1890. Other similar ditches are visible in the surrounding areas, some draining into natural streams and water courses, others appearing to drain into specially constructed leats. It is possible that the system was continually expanded and recut throughout the 19th and 20th century, which would account for its apparently excellent state of preservation.
More information : A post medieval or possibly 20th century drainage system is visible on aerial photographs on moorland south of Driver Cottages (now called Moorland Way), Exmoor. Centred at SS 7355 3998 a series of criss-crossing ditches can be seen, interlinking with each other and with a large curvilinear contour leat, which appears to drain into the river Barle in the west. This large ditch is depicted on the first edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting at least part of the system was constructed and in use by the time of publication in 1890. Other similar ditches are visible in the surrounding areas, some draining into natural streams and water courses, others appearing to drain into specially constructed leats. It is possible that the system was continually expanded and recut throughout the 19th and 20th century, which would account for its apparently excellent state of preservation (1-2).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/73109 990-91 29-APR-1973
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Source Number : 2
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:2500 1890
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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 : Drainage System, Drainage Ditch
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : 20th Century
Monument End Date : 2000
Monument Start Date : 1901
Monument Type : Drainage System, Drainage Ditch
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 73 NW 72
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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