MMO2365 - Post-medieval contour leat on Lanacombe (Monument)

Summary

A post-medieval contour leat is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork. It may be part of the 19th century drainage attempts in the area, since it appears to connect with two un-named tributaries of Hoccombe Water at either end.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A post medieval contour leat is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork on Lanacombe, above Hoccombe Water, Exmoor. Beginning at approximately SS 7757 4328, the leat runs approimately east-west, following the course of the 390 contour as far as SS 7790 4316 and measuring approximately 350 metres long. It resembles the drainage ditches visible to the south on Lanacombe and Great Buscombe, but whereas the rains cut across contours, this leat appears to follow the course of the 390 metre contour almost exactly. It may still be part of the 19th century drainage attempts in the area, since it appears to connect with two un-named tributaries of Hoccombe Water at either end (1).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1501 3216-17 13-MAY-1946.
  • ---XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183. [Mapped feature: #32958 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7774 4322 (336m by 127m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1475967

Record last edited

Mar 16 2021 5:03PM

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