MMO2352 - 19th or 20th Century drainage system west of Prayway Head (Monument)

Summary

An area of probable 19th or 20th Century drainage channels is visible as a series of earthworks. They appear to have been designed as land drains and channel water into the nearby Pinkery Canal.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

An area of post-medieval, probably 19th or even 20th Century drainage channels is visible as a series of earthworks west of Prayway Head, Exmoor. Centred at approximately SS 7637 4091 the system consists of a straight central channel running downslope from north to south with a number of branches connecting at both sides on 45 degree angles along its route. They appear to have been designed as land drains and channel water into the nearby Pinkery Canal or Lime Combe, and most likely date to the period of land improvement by the Knight family in the mid 19th Century. However, they may also be related to the 20th Century sheep dips which lie immediately south of the main channel. [1,2] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 543/2821 (F64) 172-73 (27 April 1967).
  • <2>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183. [Mapped feature: #32969 ]
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1475851, Extant 14 June 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7642 4095 (230m by 191m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE201
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1475851

Record last edited

Jun 14 2021 9:49PM

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