MMO1566 - Post-medieval water meadow north of Yenworthy Farm (Monument)


A post-medieval catchwater meadow system is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. It may not have been directly connected to a farm but may have been associated with a linhay that place name evidence suggests was in the area.

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A post- medieval water meadow, known locally as a catchwater meadow system, is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs to the north of Yenworthy Farm. The system extends over an area measuring approximately 79 hectares and is centred at approximately SS 8037 4893. Four gutters stretch across two fields on a northeast facing slope above Yenworthy Combe. On the opposite slope and covering two fields (i.e. those facing southwest) a further twelve gutters are visible. Although close to Yenworthy Farm, the system does not appear to be directly connected to the farmyard; however, place names suggest there may have been a cattle shed nearby (Linhay), therefore it is likely to be an integrated system which also distributed liquid manure across the fields.The gutters are fed by a stream that runs down from a building marked "Rodhill Linhay" on the Ordnance Survey 1:10560 scale map of 1963. [1-4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72065 108-109 (15 April 1972).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1963. 6 Inch Map: 1963.
  • <3> Monograph: Cook, H. + Williamson, T.. 2007. Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation. Windgather Press. 1st Edition. 1-7, 28-9.
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 NW. MD002166.



Grid reference Centred SS 8049 4893 (394m by 344m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS84NW

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  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NW73
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1457981

Record last edited

Jan 27 2021 11:29AM


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