MMO1636 - Post-medieval water meadow east of Guskin Combe (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
A post-medieval water meadow system, known locally as a catchwater meadow system is visible as a series of earthworks on aerial photographs to the east of Guskin Combe. The system extends over an area measuring approximately 1.8 hectares and is centred at SS 8099 4863. Six roughly parallel channels, known as gutters measuring up to 160 metres long are visible, and were used to distribute flowing water evenly over the surface of the meadow in order to encourage early growth in spring and prevent freezing in winter. There is no suggestion from the aerial photographs that the gutters were linked to a farmyard; however, place name evidence suggests an agricultural building at the south end of the system marked Eastmead Linhay on the Ordnance Survey 1:10560 and it is possible that the gutters were supplied with liquid manure from here. [1-4]
- <1> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72065 108 (17 April 1972).
- <2> SEM7608 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1963. 6 Inch Map: 1963.
- <3> SEM7396 Monograph: Cook, H. + Williamson, T.. 2007. Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation. Windgather Press. 1st Edition. 1-7, 28-9.
- <4>XY SMO7549 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 NW. MD002166. [Mapped feature: #42876 ]
|Grid reference||Centred SS 8098 4861 (100m by 253m) (Aerial Survey)|
|Civil Parish||OARE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1460314 (Pastscape entry: 1460314)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NW74
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1460314
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