MMO3802 - Post-medieval water meadow northwest of Bodley (Monument)


Fragments of a possible post-medieval water meadow are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks.

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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. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <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 Unpublished document: Winton, H.. 1999.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, 28-9.
  • <3>XY Archive: Winton, H.. 1999. RCHME: Parracombe Project, Devon. AF1301153. [Mapped feature: #34727 ]
  • <4> 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
Map sheet SS64NE

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  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NE127
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1505839

Record last edited

Nov 4 2021 12:35PM


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