MMO2401 - Post-medieval field boundary on Prayway Meads (Monument)

Summary

A substantial post medieval field boundary is visible on aerial photographs as earthworks. In places the bank is cut by the leats of a water meadow system. It was likely constructed during the mid 19th Century by the Knight family.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A substantial post medieval field boundary is visible on aerial photographs as earthworks on Prayway Meads, Exmoor. Centred at SS 7766 4116, the bank runs downslope, north to south and measures approximately 200 metres long and 3 metres wide. In places the bank is cut by the leats of the water meadow system (see MMO2354). It is not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting they were abandoned prior to publication in 1889. The bank was likely constructed during the mid 19th Century by the Knight family as part of their agricultural improvements, but abandoned as surplus to requirements shortly afterwards. [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. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 934-35 (29 April 1973).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183. [Mapped feature: #32948 ]
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1476441, Extant 8 June 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7766 4118 (13m by 205m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE250
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1476441

Record last edited

Jun 8 2021 12:32PM

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