MMO2894 - Post-medieval leat running from Bale Water to Great Cornham (Monument)

Summary

A substantial post-medieval leat is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork. It may have formed part of the water meadow system; however, it is much larger than the leats usually associated with such systems.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A substantial post-medieval leat, similar in size and form to Pinkery Canal, is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork running from Bale Water, south of Titchcombe as far as Great Cornham, Exmoor. Beginning at approximately SS 7471 4023 the leat approximately follows the contours of the slope as far as SS 7537 3922, making it over 1.2 kilometres long. The width varies from 1.5 to 2.5 metres, and the leat is depicted on the first edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889, indicating it was still in use at this period. The leat was apparently constructed to divert water from Bale Water to Cornham Farm, and may have been part of the water meadow system here. However, it is much larger than the leats usually associated with water meadow systems, and may have had a different function. The leat presumably dates to the mid 19th Century and the agricultural improvements constructed by the Knight family. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/2082 4108-09 (19 May 1947).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 989-90 (29 April 1973).
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, SS73 SS74.
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7504 3972 (672m by 1025m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS73NE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE97
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1486611

Record last edited

Sep 16 2013 4:08PM

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