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HER Number:MDV7796
Name:Water Meadow north of Dart Bridge, Ashburton

Summary

A watermeadow is visible as earthwork banks and channel on aerial photographs taken from 1946 onwards and on images derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017. It may be of medieval date and appears to be overlain by a banked or metalled trackway.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 743 669
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76NW/15

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATER MEADOW (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV311339.

Not visible on raf 1946 ap (rchm app 1985).


PIDGEON, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV311340.

Local information suggests that this is the site of a dump of us army material in wwii (pidgeon).


HORNER + TURNER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV311341.

Os 1st edition 25" map records sluices in this field. Also channel and sluices from the mill leat and river ashburn round s side of furseleigh mill. Current dcc digitised aps (1999) show channels running off central sluice/channel line. This has all the hallmarks of a watermeadow system. Possibly medieval given the proximity to buckfast abbey (horner + turner).


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV311342.

Aph=cuc/bmc 29,31,32(29/3/1973)/oblique/bmc 32 in smr.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV311343.

Aph=nmr/sx7467.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV311344.

Des=pidgeon, j. R. /note in parish file(buckfastleigh)1986.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV311345.

Des=horner, w. + turner, s.(dcc)/(11/10/2002)/as above.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV311346.

Des=os 25"(c.1890).


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV311347.

Aph=dcc digitised vertical colour/(1999).


BALKWILL, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV44259.

Marks on the grass and a slight shadow shown on the air photo. Appears to be a d-shaped enclosure, ditch and cultivation marks. These last are both inside and outside the enclosure, and seem to spread out from the central channel. Water cress plantation? (balkwill).


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp4 5338-5339 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

A network of linear earthwork banks is visible, with a linear central ditch.


Environment Agency, 1998-2017, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor, LIDAR SX7466 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017 (Cartographic). SDV361470.

A network of linear earthwork banks is 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 (Interpretation). SDV361305.

A network of linear earthwork banks, circa 2.5 metres wide, is visible on aerial photographs taken from 1946 onwards and on images derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017. They are arranged in a grid pattern either side of and perpendicular to a central channel that runs north-west to south-east, consistent with an interpretation as a medieval or post-medieval watermeadow. The channel is depicted, with sluices, on the late-19th century mapping. The conjoined earthworks cover more than a hectare, and some additional banks on the same alignment are visible to the south-east, and may be a continuation of the system. The D-shaped enclosure mentioned by Balkwill (recorded separately as MDV123389) appears to overlie the watermeadow and may have impacted on the south-eastern part.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV311339Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV311340Migrated Record: PIDGEON.
SDV311341Migrated Record: HORNER + TURNER.
SDV311342Aerial Photograph:
SDV311343Aerial Photograph:
SDV311344Migrated Record:
SDV311345Migrated Record:
SDV311346Migrated Record:
SDV311347Aerial Photograph:
SDV352279Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp4 5338-5339 12-JUL-1946.
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. Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV361470Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2017. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor. Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SX7466 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017.
SDV44259Migrated Record: BALKWILL.

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:Nov 13 2018 11:50AM