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HER Number:MDV110564
Name:Catch Meadow North of Meadow Farmn

Summary

A possible catch meadow gutter was visible as an earthwork ditch on east facing combe slopes to the north of Meadow Farm. The gutter might have been part of a system with two further gutters recorded on the west facing slope circa 130 metres to the north.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 924 032
Map Sheet:SS90SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishThorverton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTHORVERTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CATCH MEADOW (Post Medieval to XX - 1540 AD to 1989 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1823, RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3257-3258 04-NOV-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354994.

A curvilinear earthwork ditch is visible.


Environment Agency, 1998-2012, LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution), LIDAR SS9203 Environment Agency JPEG DSM 205-2012 (Cartographic). SDV357034.

A curvilinear earthwork ditch is visible. Map objects based on this source.


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

A possible single field gutter of probable post-medieval to early twentieth century date was visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s and digital images derived from lidar data captured in to 2012, as an earthwork ditch on east facing combe slopes to the north of Meadow Farm.
Field gutters are water channels that make up catch meadow water meadows, and are usually found on combe or hill slopes. They are designed to irrigate pasture by diverting water from a spring or stream and passing it along the slope via a series of roughly parallel channels or gutters. When irrigation was required the gutters were blocked, causing water to overflow from gutter to gutter, thereby irrigating the slopes below. The catch meadow gutters have probably mostly been levelled. The gutter might have been part of a system with two further gutters, recorded separately, on the west facing slope circa 130 metres to the north.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV354994Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1823. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3257-3258 04-NOV-1946.
SDV356883Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
SDV357034Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2012. LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SS9203 Environment Agency JPEG DSM 205-2012.

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:Mar 24 2015 11:09AM