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HER Number:MDV123278
Name:Catch meadow, Howton Road, Newton Abbot

Summary

Narrow linear and curvilinear ditches interpreted as a 19th century catch meadow irrigation system are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs taken in 1946 and 1964, off Howton Road, Newton Abbot.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 835 724
Map Sheet:SX87SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNewton Abbot
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishHIGHWEEK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CATCH MEADOW (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1824, RAF/CPE/UK/1824 RP 3154-55 04-NOV-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352344.

Narrow earthwork ditches are visible.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1824, RAF/CPE/UK/1824 RS 4154-55 04-NOV-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352344.

Narrow earthwork ditches are visible.

Fairy Surveys Ltd, 1964, FSL/6412 V, FSL/6412 V 053-54 07-FEB-1964 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357115.

Narrow earthwork ditches are visible.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2018-2019, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (AI&M) (Interpretation). SDV361305.

Narrow linear and curvilinear ditches less than 2m wide are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs taken in 1946 and 1964, off Howton Road, Newton Abbot. The visible earthwork channels roughly follow the contours of the southwest and northeast facing combe slopes and occupy an area of circa 1.65 hectares. They are interpreted as the fragmented gutters of a 19th century catch meadow irrigation system which had probably passed out of use by the early-mid 20th century. The earthworks are not visible on the available aerial imagery after 1964 and have likely been since levelled.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV352344Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1824. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1824 RP 3154-55 04-NOV-1946. [Mapped feature: #113882 ]
SDV357115Aerial Photograph: Fairy Surveys Ltd. 1964. FSL/6412 V. Fairy Surveys Ltd aerial photograph. Photograph (Paper). FSL/6412 V 053-54 07-FEB-1964.
SDV361305Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2018-2019. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (AI&M). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
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Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)

Date Last Edited:Jun 16 2020 1:34PM