MMO1636 - Post-medieval water meadow east of Guskin Combe (Monument)


A post-medieval catchwater meadow system is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs on an east facing slope. It may have been an integrated system with the nearby Eastmead Linhay.

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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] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72065 108 (17 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>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 NW. MD002166. [Mapped feature: #42876 ]
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1460314, Extant 23 February 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 8098 4861 (100m by 253m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS84NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NW74
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1460314

Record last edited

Feb 23 2022 4:22PM


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