MMO3801 - Post-medieval water meadow west and south of Bodley (Monument)

Summary

A post-medieval water meadow, known locally as a catchwater meadow, is visible on aerial photographs as earthworks.

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A post-medieval water meadow, known locally as a catchwater meadow, is visible on aerial photographs, as earthworks. Ditches extend to the west and south of Bodley, south of Middle Bodley and East Bodley. The system is centred at SS 6656 4507 and extends between SS 6651 4524 and SS 6675 4489. These 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. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Winton, H.. 1999. RCHME/EH Aerial Photographers Comment. RCHME: Parracombe, West Devon, 20 December 1999.
  • <2> Monograph: Cook, H. + Williamson, T.. 2007. Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation. Windgather Press. 1st Edition. 1-7, 28-29.
  • <3>XY Archive: 1999. RCHME: Parracombe Project, Devon. AF1301153. [Mapped features: #34728 ; #34729 ]

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Location

Grid reference Centred SS 6661 4507 (313m by 360m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS64NE
Civil Parish PARRACOMBE, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NE126
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1505837

Record last edited

Sep 30 2020 10:00AM

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