MSO10941 - 19th Century contour leat at Warren Farm (Monument)


A countour leat measuring approximately three kilometres in length is one of several that makes up a substantial water meadow system (see MMO2354).

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Longest contour leat in the system of leats in the area running for about 3 kilometres. Ends at the 19th Century field boundary. Generally 0.6 metres wide with a bank up to 0.4 metres high. Cuts through an enclosure (MSO10951) but is obliterated where the road and 19th Century field boundaries cross it. [1] Its continuation to the west can be seen on aerial photographs. [2-4] The leat described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs extending for at least 3 kilometres. It most likely represents the feeder gutter or headmain for the extensive catchwater meadow system which stretches across Prayway Meads as far as Warren Farm. N.B. On the NRHE database, a number of the individual leats within this system, including this one, were originally recorded separately and were combined into one record, recorded on the Exmoor HER as MMO2354, for clarity. [5-7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1>XY Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records. PRN33080. [Mapped feature: #34522 PRN33080]
  • <2> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 4156.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: September 19. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 79. 9282.
  • <4> Report: McDonnell, R.. 1985. Recommendations for the Management of Archaeological Sites in the Exmoor National Park at Warren, Pinford, Tom's Hill and Hayes Allotment. 41 (site 229).
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/95026 134-136 (12 March 1995).
  • <6> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.
  • <7> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. Monument reference 1102000.



Grid reference Centred SS 7873 4081 (2280m by 715m)
Map sheet SS74SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO614
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6910
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE60
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1102000
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33080

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May 3 2021 9:59PM


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