MMO3267 - Possible post-medieval water meadow south and east of Fyldon Wood (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
- None recorded
Several post-medieval leats are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks to the south and east of Fyldon Wood, North Molton. Centred at approximately SS 7447 3444 and covering an area of some 3 hectares, four leats are visible stretching across the east facing slope above a small brook or stream. Their precise function is uncertain, but they may be the remains of a water meadow system, known locally as a catchwater meadow system. These 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. [1-3]
- <1> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/96559 131-32 (7 May 1996).
- <2> SEM7396 Monograph: Cook, H. + Williamson, T.. 2007. Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation. Windgather Press. 1st Edition. 1-7, 28-9.
- <3>XY SMO7577 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 SW. MD002194. [Mapped feature: #33126 ]
|Grid reference||Centred SS 7439 3437 (219m by 599m) (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=1493582 (Pastscape entry: 1493582)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 SW37
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1493582
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