MSO11975 - 19th Century leat above Allcombe Water (Monument)

Summary

A probably nineteenth century water channel of a type known as a leat or headmain is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork 1.8 kilometres long. It was possibly intended to supply Hill Farm with fresh water.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Leat seen running alongside Allcombe Water. [1] A water channel is visible on aerial photographs as a 1.8 kilometres long earthwork, centred approximately on SS 82824073 on the north-east facing combe slopes above Allcombe Water. The channel, of a type known variously as a leat, gutter or head-main, was probably part of nineteenth century agricultural improvements on Exmoor. Fed by a source near Larkbarrow Corner at circa SS 8248 4144, it was possibly intended to supply Hill Farm with fresh water. [2-4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. E Dennison, Somerset County Council, 1 July 1985.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 4195-6 (13 May 1946).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 543/2821 (F64) 0161-2 (27 April 1964).
  • <4>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SW. MD002184. [Mapped feature: #47361 ]
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 974866, Extant 12 July 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8294 4078 (1014m by 1318m)
Map sheet SS84SW
Civil Parish EXFORD, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (2)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO418
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6784
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW122
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 974866
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34589

Record last edited

Jul 12 2021 4:14PM

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