MMO2360 - 19th Century contour leats on Trout Hill (Monument)

Summary

A pair of post-medieval contour leats are visible as earthworks, most likely dating to the mid 19th Century and related to the agricultural improvements by the Knight family in this area.

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Full Description

A pair of post-medieval contour leats are visible as earthworks on moorland west of Little Toms Hill, Exmoor. The southernmost leat, at SS 7956 4318 measures approximately 305 metres in length, while the northernmost, at SS 7955 4367 measures 205 metres long. They are similar in form and construction to the drainage ditches visible immediately to the west, but whereas the drains cut across the contours of the slope, these features appear to follow the lines of the 360 and 370 metre contours. Their precise function is uncertain, but they most likely date to the mid 19th century and are related to the agricultural improvements by the Knight family in this area. [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 540/931 4111-12 (8 November 1952).
  • <2>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183. [Mapped feature: #32962 ]
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1475947, Extant 9 June 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7950 4316 (282m by 248m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE209
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1475947

Record last edited

Jun 9 2021 11:51AM

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