MMO2732 - Post-medieval or 20th Century drainage system south of Driver Cottages (Monument)

Summary

A post-medieval or possibly 20th Century drainage system is visible on aerial photographs. It may have been expanded and recut throughout the 19th and 20th Century.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A post-medieval or possibly 20th Century drainage system is visible on aerial photographs on moorland south of Driver Cottages (now called Moorland Way), Exmoor. Centred at SS 7355 3998 a series of criss-crossing ditches can be seen, interlinking with each other and with a large curvilinear contour leat, which appears to drain into the River Barle in the west. This large ditch is depicted on the first edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting at least part of the system was constructed and in use by the time of publication in 1890. Other similar ditches are visible in the surrounding areas, some draining into natural streams and water courses, others appearing to drain into specially constructed leats. It is possible that the system was continually expanded and recut throughout the 19th and 20th Century, which would account for its apparently excellent state of preservation. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 990-91 (29 April 1973).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NW. MD002189. [Mapped feature: #45133 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7351 3997 (495m by 173m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS73NW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NW72
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1484191

Record last edited

Mar 17 2021 2:03PM

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