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Monument Number 974790

Hob Uid: 974790
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS7988442014
Summary : A substantial contour leat is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs, running from Great Buscombe to Swap Hill (SS 84 SW), Exmoor. In several places the leat is cut by 19th century field boundaries, on Trout Hill for Example, indicating that it predates these features. The leat also lies within an area of extensive 19th century drainage ditches, some of which cut through the the leat. According to the Somerset County Council HER, the leat connects with the water meadow system at Larkbarrow Farm. It seems likely that this feature dates to the mid-19th century and the earlier phase of agricultural improvements by the Knight family.
More information : A substantial contour leat is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs, running from Great Buscombe to Swap Hill (SS 84 SW), Exmoor. Beginning at approximately SS 7809 4205 the leat follows the line of the 410 metre contour line for approximately 3.6km, fading from sight at SS 8165 4238. At its widest point, it is reported by Somerset HER to be 3.6m wide and 0.7m deep, with the bank 2.5m wide and 1.1m high on the downslope side.
In several places the leat is cut by 19th century field boundaries, on Trout Hill for Example, indicating that it predates these features. The leat also lies within an area of extensive 19th century drainage ditches, some of which cut through the the leat. According to the Somerset County Council HER, the leat connects with the water meadow system at Larkbarrow Farm. It seems likely that this feature dates to the mid-19th century and the earlier phase of agricultural improvements by the Knight family (1-5).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Somerset C.C. SMR 29-Sep-1986
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Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF CPE/UK/1980 3158-161 11-APR-1947
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Source Number : 3
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/73109 935-941 29-APR-1973
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Source Number : 4
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:2500 1889
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Source Number : 5
Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : Somerset County Council. 2008. Somerset Historic Environment Record <> [03-JUL-2008]
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date :
Monument End Date : 1889
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Monument Type : Leat
Evidence : Uncertain Evidence, Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33166
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 SW 106
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 974864
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1475726
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1475739
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