MSO11875 - Post-medieval water meadow system at Ash Farm (Monument)


A post-medieval water meadow system is visible as curvilinear earthworks and was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1947. Some are still visible in photographs from 1979.

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Water meadow system seen on aerial photographs at Ash Farm. [1] A post-medieval water meadow gutter drainage system, visible as curvilinear earthworks, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1947. The water meadow is centred at SS 8422 4789 on a northwest facing hillslope in fields immediately north of Ash Farm. A series of eight curvilinear earthwork ditches have been recorded which follow the contours of the north facing slope. The roughly parallel ditches carry water over and off the fields. Some of the ditches were still visible on aerial photographs taken in 1979. [2-5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Francis, P.. 1984. A Survey and Description of the Catch Meadow Irrigation Systems. 39.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 4029 and 4030.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF/CPE/UK/1980 4029-4030 (11 April 1947).
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/79013 131-132 (17 April 1979).
  • <5>XY Archive: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 84 NW. MD000129. [Mapped feature: #38370 ]
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1453964, Extant 23 February 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO1453
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NW68
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1453964
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34453



Grid reference Centred SS 8421 4787 (239m by 161m) Aerial survey
Map sheet SS84NW

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Record last edited

Feb 23 2022 2:49PM


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