MMO1737 - Post-medieval water meadow system northwest of Heale Farm (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
- None recorded
A post-medieval water meadow system, known locally as a catchwater meadow is visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks to the northwest of Heale Farm. Centred at SS 6441 4723, this large system extends across four fields on a both sides of a steep valley running as far as Heale Brake to the north. The gutters vary in length from between 60 to 200 metres, and appear to be fed from a spring at Heale Farm before draining into the un-named stream at the bottom of the valley. This series of roughly parallel gutters was used to distribute flowing water across the surface of the field in order to encourage early growth in spring and prevent freezing in winter. This system appears to be connected with the farmyard at Heale Farm, suggesting that this was an integrated system, which also distributed liquid manure as fertiliser to the fields. [1-3]
- <1> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72065 159 (15 April 1972).
- <2> SEM7396 Monograph: Cook, H. + Williamson, T.. 2007. Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation. Windgather Press. 1st Edition. 1-7, 28-9.
- <3>XY SMO7554 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 64 NW. MD002171. [Mapped feature: #33287 ]
|Grid reference||Centred SS 6445 4719 (250m by 550m) (Aerial Survey)|
|Civil Parish||PARRACOMBE, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1461391 (Pastscape entry: 1461391)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NW58
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1461391
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