MMO2896 - Post-medieval water meadow or routeway south of Lime Combe (Monument)


A possible post-medieval water meadow or routeway is visible as earthworks.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The remains of a possible post-medieval water meadow are visible as earthworks in a field south of Lime Combe, Exmoor. Centred at approximately SS 7636 3934, two gutters are visible stretching across the south facing slope above Bale Water. The water meadow systems on and around Exmoor usually consist of a series of approximately parallel gutters which distributed flowing water evenly over the surface of the meadow. This prevented freezing in winter and encouraged early growth in spring, thereby providing extra feed for livestock. However, since only two gutters are visible here, it may be the remains of a water supply or other irrigation method. [1-2] The 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map shows a routeway running from SS 7642 3927 and heading northwest. The eastern of the two transcribed features follows the route of this routeway. [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. RAF CPE/UK/1980 4152-53 (11 April 1947).
  • <2>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190. [Mapped feature: #33228 ]
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1486613, Extant 22 November 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 7634 3934 (146m by 127m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE99
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1486613

Record last edited

Nov 22 2021 9:01PM


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