MMO2073 - Possible post-medieval water meadow west of Higher Week Farm (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
- None recorded
A probable post-medieval leat or water channel is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork in a field to the west of Higher Week farm, Kentisbury. Centred at approximately SS 6284 4317, the leat runs approximately east to west along the contours of a west facing slope for approximately 50 metres. It measures up to 1.5 metres wide. This leat most likely represents the remains of a water meadow system (known locally as a catchwater meadow) which used a series of approximately parallel gutters to distribute flowing water evenly over the surface of the meadow. This prevented the ground freezing in winter and encouraged early growth in spring, thereby providing extra feed for livestock. It is not clear whether this gutter was ever connected to the farmyard at Higher Week, but it may well have been an integrated system which also distributed liquid manure as fertiliser to the fields. Several other ditches and leats in the area may have been part of the same system. [1-3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. 
- <1> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3100-01 (11 April 1947).
- <2> SEM7396 Monograph: Cook, H. + Williamson, T.. 2007. Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation. Windgather Press. 1st Edition. 1-7, 28-9.
- <3>XY SMO7563 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 64 SW. MD002180. [Mapped feature: #42049 ]
- <4> SEM7987 Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1468247, Extant 15 November 2021.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 6284 4317 (56m by 18m) Aerial Survey|
|Civil Parish||KENTISBURY, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1468247 (Pastscape entry: 1468247)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SW90
- NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1468247
Record last edited
Nov 15 2021 10:30PM
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