MMO3802 - Post-medieval water meadow northwest of Bodley (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
Fragments of a possible post-medieval water meadow, known locally as a catchwater meadow, is visible on aerial photographs, as earthworks. Parts of four ditches extend along the contour to the north west of Bodley. They are centred at SS 6675 4542. If these are the remains of a water meadow then these approximately parallel gutters would be 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] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. 
- <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 SMO7042 Unpublished document: Winton, H.. 1999.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: Winton, H.. 1999. RCHME: Parracombe Project, Devon. AF1301153. [Mapped feature: #34727 ]
- <4> SEM7987 Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1505839, Extant 4 November 2021.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 6674 4541 (180m by 163m) Aerial Survey|
|Civil Parish||PARRACOMBE, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1505839 (Pastscape entry: 1505839)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NE127
- NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1505839
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Nov 4 2021 12:35PM
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