Site Event/Activity record EEM14674 - 2011: WS - Prayway Meads, Mires Project



Exmoor National Park Authority


December 2011


A survey was undertaken in advance of mire restoration work at Prayway Meads. There are two restoration areas at the western and eastern ends of the site centred on SS 766 415 and SS 778 413. Fieldwork was undertaken on 20th December, 2011 by Lee Bray, the Exmoor Mires Project Historic Environment Officer. Proposed restoration work at Prayway Meads consists of the blocking of a series of drainage ditches orientated broadly north-south at right angles to the slope that are draining water from the higher ground to the north. Prayway Meads contains a range of archaeology in a relatively small area that demonstrates the extent of 19th century efforts to improve the agricultural productivity of Exmoor’s Landscape. These included laying our new fields, draining mires and managing water to increase land quality, all of which were probably part of the establishment of Warren farm in the mid 19th century. As such the archaeology of Prayway Meads has a degree of local significance which should be accounted for in mire restoration mitigation measures on the site. Additionally, the depth of peat, reaching 2m at the western end of the site, is unusual on Exmoor and represents a potentially significant palaeo-environmental and archaeological resource which should be protected by mire restoration, although mitigation measures should be taken during ditch blocking.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2012. Archaeological walkover survey at Prayway Meads (EPM11).



Location Prayway Meads, Exmoor, Somerset
Grid reference Centred SS 7734 4135 (1449m by 484m) (2 map features)
Map sheet SS74SE

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Record last edited

Sep 28 2021 11:16AM