MMO3596 - Post-medieval water meadow north of Huish Barton (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 north of Huish Barton, Nettlecombe. Centred at approximately ST 0543 3907, a series of gutters are visible on both sides of a north-east facing valley above a small stream. The gutters follow the contours of the opposing slopes, and cover an area of some 11 hectares. The system does not appear to be connected to any local farmyards, suggesting that this was a detached system which only distributed water to the fields and not liquid manure or other fertilisers. 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]
- <1> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1944 4136-37 23-JAN-1947.
- <2> SEM7396 Monograph: Cook, H. + Williamson, T.. 2007. Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation. Windgather Press. 1st Edition. 1-7, 28-9.
- <3> SMO7561 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: ST 03 NE. MD002178.
|Grid reference||Centred ST 0544 3910 (349m by 430m) (Aerial Survey)|
|Civil Parish||NETTLECOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1497712 (Original Monarch entry: 1497712)
- National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 NE105
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1497712
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Feb 3 2020 11:49AM
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