MMO2890 - Post-medieval drainage ditches west of Honeymead Farm (Monument)


Post-medieval drainage ditches, visible as a series of earthworks, appear to channel water from nearby springs and marshy ground into tributaries of White Water. The ditches were probably first cut in the mid 19th Century.

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Full Description

An area of complex post-medieval drainage channels is visible as a series of earthworks immediately west of Honeymead Farm, Exmoor. Centred at approximately SS 7929 3922, the ditches run in a variety of directions, mainly channeling water down the west facing valley above White Water, suggesting they were designed designed to channel water from the nearby springs and marshy ground. Several of the streams in the area may have been deliberately widened and recut to cope with the excess water. The system was probably first cut around the time Honeymead Farm was constructed in the mid 19th Century, and have continued in use up until the 20th Century. [1-2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 543/2821 (F63) 167-68 (27 April 1964).
  • <2> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190.



Grid reference Centred SS 7925 3924 (707m by 384m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE93
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1486607

Record last edited

Jul 11 2018 9:51AM


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