MMO1705 - 19th Century water meadow along Badgeworthy Water (Monument)

Summary

An extensive catchwork water meadow carriage channel, also known as a headmain, is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A catchwork water meadow carriage channel, also known locally as a gutter or a headmain, is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork running south to north along the eastern side of Badgeworthy Water combe, Oare parish, for over 2 kilometres, centred on circa SS 7979 4615. The gutter is fed from a stream, the source of which is a spring on Stowey Allotment to the southeast. As it travels northwards the channel descends between 320 and 310 metres above Odnance Datum, until it meets Farm Combe at circa SS 799 468. Subsidiary catch drains are visible on the lower slopes at circa SS 795 464. The headmain is marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1890 but the subsidiary catch drains are not, and the whole water meadow complex is probably of 19th Century date. As part of post Second World War agricultural enclosure and improvements the headmain has been partly ploughed out by 1995. [1-4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/95026 125-126 (12 March 1995).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK1501 (F20) 3327-8, 3352-3 (13 May 1946).
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1891.
  • <4>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NE. MD002168. [Mapped feature: #33108 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7979 4614 (602m by 1843m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74NE
Civil Parish OARE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NE91
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1461247

Record last edited

Jan 5 2021 4:24PM

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