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HER Number:MDV108638
Name:Water Meadow to the south of the former farmstead of Higher Moor

Summary

A possible water meadow system of probable 19th century date is visible as a series of earthwork ditches on aerial photographs of 1946 onwards, to the south of the former farmstead of Higher Moor.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 967 135
Map Sheet:SS91SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTiverton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTIVERTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATER MEADOW (Post Medieval to Modern - 1540 AD to 2013 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

The water meadow is partly defined as a drain and sluice on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map of between the 1880’s-90’s.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1823, RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3338-39 04-NOV-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354994.

The water meadow is visible as a series of earthwork ditches. Map object based on this source.


Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1974, RAF/CPE/UK/1974 FP 1279-80 11-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356127.

The water meadow is visible as a series of earthwork ditches. Map object based on this source.


Ordnance Survey, 1994, OS/94193 V, OS/94193 V 009-10 17-JUN-1994 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357339.

The site of the former water meadow has been completely levelled and developed into residential housing.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2014-2015, East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV356883.

A possible water meadow system of probable 19th century date is visible as a series of earthwork ditches on aerial photographs of 1946 onwards, to the south of the former farmstead of Higher Moor. The system occupies an area of approximately 3.27 hectares of gentle south facing slope on the north side of the River Lowman. It is visible as a series of largely fragmented curvilinear earthwork ditches intersected by a series of linear northwest to southeast aligned ditches or drains, also partly defined on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map of between the 1880’s-90’s. It is largely unclear, however, how this possible system may have operated, or what components simply acted as land drainage. The system does appear to be fed by a drain that runs downslope from the former farmstead, approximately 140m to the northeast. More extensive water meadow systems have also been recorded along the River Lowman valley to the east. The site of the water meadow has been completely levelled and developed for residential housing on aerial photographs of 1994.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV354994Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1823. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3338-39 04-NOV-1946.
SDV356127Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1974. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1974 FP 1279-80 11-APR-1947.
SDV356883Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
SDV357339Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1994. OS/94193 V. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/94193 V 009-10 17-JUN-1994.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6530 - The East and Mid-Devon Rivers Catchment NMP project (Ref: ACD613)

Date Last Edited:Dec 5 2014 1:22PM