MDE11697 - Former course of the Barbrook at West Ilkerton (Monument)


An alleged leat, west of West Ilkerton, is more probably fragments of the former course of the Barbrook, left after it was recut following the 1952 floods.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A possible artificial water course is located west of West Ilkerton, at SS70304658. [1-3] SS 7013 4670 to SS 7030 4653. Area perambulated. Since the 1952 floods the Barbrook appears to have been recut and improved in several places throughout this section to consolidate the channel. This has left fragments of the old course and flood banks evident, but no trace of an artificial water course or leat, as suggested by McDonnell, was found in this area. [4] The earthworks identified by McDonnell, described above, have been transcribed from the aerial photographs referenced [2,3] as part of the Exmoor National Park National Mapping Programme survey. However, it is the opinion of this authority that the channel is simply a former route of the Barbrook and is natural in origin. It has been transcribed to confirm its route and remove the potential of confusing this feature with the water meadow gutters further to the east. [2,3,5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7046B.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 3055-6 (11 April 1947).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Meridian Air Maps. 1977-1978. Infrared False Colour Aerial Photography. MAM/13/059 (May 1977).
  • <4> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 23 June 1994.
  • <5> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NW. MD002173. C Hegarty, 15 February 2008.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 926123, Extant 15 December 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 17884
  • Devon SMR: SS74NW/49
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20498
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO341
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW42
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 926123



Grid reference Centred SS 7023 4661 (202m by 214m) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS74NW

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Record last edited

Dec 15 2021 9:14AM


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