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Monument Number 909561

Hob Uid: 909561
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS7496739101
Summary : A post medieval water meadow system, known locally as a catchwater meadow system, was noted on air photos in 1986. A series of approximately parallel gutters were used to distribute flowing water evenly over the surface of the meadow in order to prevent freezing in winter and encourage early growth in spring, thereby providing extra feed for livestock. The only trace noticeable during a field visit was a dry, hedgeside leat. No trace of a water meadow system was visible on the aerial photographs examined as part of the Exmoor National Park National Mapping Project in 2008.
More information : SS 749 393. Water system seen on AP's to the east of Cornham Farm. A few leats are marked on the OS 6", one from Pinkworthy Canal. (1)

SS 749 393. The area of pasture fields round Cornham Farm perambulated but apart from a, now dry, hedgeside leat coming in from the north no evidence of a water meadow system was found. (2)

No trace of a water meadow system was visible on the aerial photographs examined as part of the Exmoor National Park National Mapping Project in 2008. The leat described above, however, is clearly visible on numerous photographs, running from SS 7494 3924 to SS 7495 3895, a total distance of 286 metres. This leat appears slightly more substantial than those usually associated with Exmoor water meadow systems, and may have been used for drainage as opposed to irrigation (3).

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Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Somerset CC SMR, 29-SEP-1986.
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Source Number : 2
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Sainsbury, IS 22-Aug-1995 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 3
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1501 3050-51 13-MAY-1946
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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 : Water Meadow, Leat
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 34364
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MSO7004
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 73 NW 30
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1486611
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 73 NW 30
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1995-08-22
End Date : 1995-08-22
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01