MMO2650 - Natural feature west of Frackford Bridge (Non-antiquity)


An earthwork originally thought to represent a post-medieval leat or watercourse is visible on the Dunster Tithe Map as the original route of the River Avill.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A leat or watercourse is visible on aerial photographs connecting the artificial watercourse north of the A396 and depicted on the 1:10000 Ordnance Survey map to the River Avill. The leat leads northwards from the road, before turning east towards the river. At the eastern end, the sluice is shown turning north again to join the river, but at approximately SS 9834 4327, the alternive leat continues east and connects to the River Avill slightly earlier. It is not clear if the alternative course was deliberately constructed or whether it formed as a result of flooding or overflow. Like the extant leat, it presumably dates to the post-medieval period. [1-3] This appears to be the original course of the River Avill, as depicted on the Tithe Map for Dunster. [4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3018-19 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 1:10,000 / 2008.
  • <3>XY Archive: Toms, K.. 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 SE. MD002187. [Mapped feature: #32497 ]
  • <4> Map: 1842. Dunster Tithe Map and Apportionment. 6 chains = 1 inch.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1480357, Extant 23 May 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 9834 4328 (53m by 21m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS94SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SE196
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1480357

Record last edited

May 23 2022 11:01AM


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