MSO11801 - 19th Century water meadow south of Litton Farm (Monument)

Summary

A catchwork or field gutter system is visible series of roughly parallel water channels visible on aerial photographs as earthworks. They probably date to the 19th Century.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A water system is visible on aerial photographs around Litton Farm. [1-2] A series of roughly parallel water channels are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks at Litton Farm, formerly Crooked Post, centred on circa SS 8056 3364, about 400 metres to the southeast of Withypool Cross. The water meadow is located at the head of a shallow combe and supplied with water by two springs, one to the east of the farm and one to the south. The system is visible at least partially in use on aerial photographs taken in 1964, but by 1973 they appear unused and in need of maintenance. [3-6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Report: Francis, P.T.H.. 1984. A Survey and Description of the "Catch Meadow" Irrigation Systems Found in the Exmoor Region of West Somerset. 39.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF LHL CPE.UK.1980 3368 (April 1947).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. NMR RAF 106G/UK/1655 (F20) 4250-1 (11 July 1946).
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 543/2821 (F61) 0253-4 (27 April 1964).
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73086 702-3 (17 April 1973).
  • <6> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 SW. MD002197.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 806 336 (786m by 276m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS83SW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO3167
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape / NRHE HOB UID: 1491900
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34373

Record last edited

Apr 19 2021 10:46PM

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