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HER Number:MDV113569
Name:Possible Water Meadow, Clyst Honiton

Summary

A possible water meadow system of probable 19th century date is visible as a series of earthwork ditches on aerial photographs of 1945 onwards, to the north of Clyst Honiton and on the eastern side of the River Clyst. The earthwork ditches remain visible on Lidar-derived images of 1998 and 2005.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 987 941
Map Sheet:SX99SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishClyst Honiton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCLYST HONITON
Ecclesiastical ParishPINHOE

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

Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/UK/996, RAF/106G/UK/996 RVp4 6295-96 12-NOV-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV358938.

The water meadow is visible as a series of earthwork ditches.

BKS Surveys Ltd, 1967, BKS/2822, BKS/2822 V 3030-31 14-MAR-1967 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354836.

The water meadow is visible as a series of earthwork ditches.

Environment Agency, 1998-2012, LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution), LIDAR SX9893; SX9894 Environment Agency JPEG DSM 03-MAY-1998 & 19-DEC-2005 (Cartographic). SDV357034.

The water meadow is visible as a series of earthwork ditches.

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 1945 onwards, to the north of Clyst Honiton and on the eastern side of the River Clyst. The possible system is visible as a series of curvilinear and sinuous earthwork ditches which are bisected by a number of drains which are broadly parallel to the River Clyst. It is largely unclear, however, how this water meadow system may have operated, or what components recorded here may have served as simply land drainage ditches. The system, which covers an area of approximately 7.8 hectares, does appear to be fed by the longer drains by diverting the flow of water from a watercourse further upstream to the north of the system. The less typical arrangement of these gutters and drains were presumably designed to take advantage of the subtle variations in the micro-topography of the landscape here within the Clyst Valley and appears to represent a hybrid local style of water management, rather than a more conventional type. The earthwork ditches remain visible on Lidar-derived images of 1998 and 2005.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV354836Aerial Photograph: BKS Surveys Ltd. 1967. BKS/2822. BKS Surveys Ltd. Photograph (Paper). BKS/2822 V 3030-31 14-MAR-1967. [Mapped feature: #72913 ]
SDV356883Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV357034Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2012. LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SX9893; SX9894 Environment Agency JPEG DSM 03-MAY-1998 & 19-DEC-2005.
SDV358938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/UK/996. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/996 RVp4 6295-96 12-NOV-1945.

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 13 2020 7:54AM