MMO3212 - (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
- None recorded
A post medieval water meadow system, known locally as a catchwater meadow, is visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks south of Buttery Farm, North Molton. Centred at approximately SS 7586 3473, at least six gutters are visible, following the contours of a south-facing spur above an un-named stream or brook. The system may have been connected to the farmyard at Buttery Farm, suggesting that this was an integrated system which also distributed liquid manure as fertiliser to the fields. Catchwater meadows used a series of approximately parallel gutters to distribute flowing water evenly over the surface of the meadow in order to prevent freezing in winter and encourage early growth in spring, thereby providing extra feed for livestock. Most catchwater meadows are believed to date to the post medieval period, although it is possible that they were first developed in the medieval period (1-2).
- --- SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73086 762-63 17-APR-1973.
- --- SMO5110 Externally held archive reference: Externally held archive. Cook, H and Williamson, T. 2007 "Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation" Windgather Press,.
- --- SMO7578 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 SE. MD002195.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 7590 3479 (274m by 272m) (Aerial Survey)|
|Civil Parish||NORTH MOLTON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1492753 (Pastscape entry: 1492753)
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1492753
Record last edited
Dec 16 2010 12:01PM
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