MMO3798 - Post-medieval water meadow south of Pixey Lane (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
- None recorded
Three ditches visible as earthworks on aerial phtoographs may be the remains of a post-medieval water meadow, known locally as a catchwater meadow. They extend along the slope in the fields between the end of Pixey Lane, the RIver Heddon and the disused railway to the southeast of Parracombe. They are centred at SS 6742 4428. Approximately parallel gutters were carefully overflowed to distribute flowing water evenly down the slope over the surface of the meadow. This helped to prevent freezing in winter and encouraged early growth in spring, thereby providing extra feed for livestock. A leat extends perpendicular to the drains through the centre of the system and this could be a feeder for the system (see MMO2121). [1-3]
- <1> SMO7042 Unpublished document: Winton, H.. 1999. RCHME/EH Aerial Photographers Comment. RCHME: Parracombe, West Devon, 20 December 1999.
- <2> SEM7396 Monograph: Cook, H. + Williamson, T.. 2007. Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation. Windgather Press. 1st Edition. 1-7, 28-9.
- <3>XY SMO7527 Archive: RCHME: Parracombe Project, Devon. AF1301153. [Mapped feature: #34731 ]
|Grid reference||Centred SS 6741 4428 (137m by 148m) (Aerial Survey)|
|Civil Parish||PARRACOMBE, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1505828 (Pastscape entry: 1505828)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SE162
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1505828
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