MMO979 - Post-medieval water meadow at Daws Farm (Monument)


Water meadow system, of probable post medieval date, visible as earthworks on vertical aerial photographs.

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Water meadow system of probable post medieval date, visible on vertical aerial photographs at Daws Farm, often called catch or field gutter systems. Such water meadows are commonly found on combe or hill slopes and are designed to irrigate pasture by diverting water from a spring, stream or river. The water was carried along the slopes by the gutters and when irrigation was required the gutters were blocked, causing water to overflow from gutter to gutter, thereby evenly irrigating the slopes. This film of water prevented the ground freezing during the winter and raised the temperature of the soil in the spring thereby encouraging an early growth of grass, particularly important during the hungry gap of March and April. [1,2]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1944 1156-8 23-JAN-1947.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 543/2821 (F63) 0274-5 27-APR-1964.
  • <3> Archive: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS 93 SW. AF1133201.



Grid reference Centred SS 9343 3081 (831m by 471m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS93SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO9013
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 SW48
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1133738

Record last edited

Jun 1 2017 3:56PM


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