MMO1838 - Post-medieval water meadow east of Bromham Farm (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
- None recorded
A post-medieval water meadow, known locally as a catchwater meadow, is visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks to the east of Bromham Farm, Porlock. Centred at SS 8619 4542 four gutters are visible on a steep north-east facing slope above Berry Castle Combe running approximately north-south. The gutters are fairly uniform in size, measuring between 75 and 95 metres long and 2 to 3 metres wide. Catchwater meadows used a series of approximately parallel gutters to distribute flowing water evenly over the surface of the meadow in order to encourage early growth in spring and prevent freezing in winter. This system appears to have been connected to the farmyard at Bromham Farm, suggesting that this was an integrated system which also distributed liquid manure as fertiliser across the fields. Most catchwater systems are believed to date to the post-medieval period, although it is possible they were first developed during the medieval period. [1-3]
- <1> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72065 217 15-APR-1972.
- <2> SEM7396 Monograph: Cook, H. + Williamson, T.. 2007. Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation. Windgather Press. 1st Edition. 1-7.
- <3> SMO7557 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 NE. MD002174.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 8619 4540 (112m by 126m) (Aerial Survey)|
|Civil Parish||PORLOCK, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1463379 (Original Monarch entry: 1463379)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE151
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1463379
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Dec 22 2014 9:52AM
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