MMO3654 - Post-medieval water meadow west of Wood Advent Farm (Monument)

Summary

A post-medieval water meadow system, known locally as a catchwater meadow, is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1947 as a series of earthworks.

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A post-medieval water meadow system, known locally as a catchwater meadow, is visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks in fields west of Woodavent Farm, Nettlecombe. Centred at approximately ST 0333 3733, a number of curvilinear gutters are visible, following the contours of the west facing valley above Nap Wood. The gutters cover a total area of some 7.8 hectares, and do 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. [1] 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. [2]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • --- Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: ST 03 NW. MD002177.
  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 4323-24 11-APR-1947.
  • <2> Monograph: Cook, H. + Williamson, T.. 2007. Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation. Windgather Press. 1st Edition. 1-7, 28-9.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred ST 0331 3737 (395m by 364m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet ST03NW
Civil Parish NETTLECOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 NW99
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1499328

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Oct 26 2015 11:44AM

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