MSO7047 - Contour Leat, Long Combe (Monument)

Summary

A contour leat is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork on the north facing slope of Long Combe. The gutter taps Long Combe at the field boundary between the Larkbarrow and Tom's Hill estates and terminates at a field boundary some 650 metres to the northwest.

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A contour leat on the lower south side of Long Combe taps the river at the boundary between Larkbarrow and Tom's Hill farms at its eastern end. In the west it terminates at a field boundary. The channel is about 0.5 metres wide and 0.2 metres deep with a retaining bank 1.3 metres wide. It crosses a quarry at SS81154277. (1) It appears to join the water meadow system at Long Combe (MSO7028). (4) A water channel of a type known as a contour leat or gutter is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork on the north facing slopes of Long Combe, roughly 250 metres to the south of Tom's Farm, centred on circa SS 81144279. The gutter taps Long Combe at the field boundary between the Larkbarrow and Tom's Hill estates and terminates at a field boundary some 650 metres to the northwest. With a second, somewhat slighter gutter immediately to the south, the channel probably acted as a simple catchwork or field gutter water meadow for the Tom's Hill farm estate. (5-6)

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. McDonnell, R. 05/07/1982.
  • <2> Article in serial: Burrow, I., Minnitt, S. and Murless, B.. 1982. Somerset Archaeology 1981. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 126. 69-91. P.83.
  • <3> 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. P.67 (site 84).
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. Webster, C. 11/09/2002.
  • <5> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SW. MD002184.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 3066-7. 11/04/1947.

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Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8107 4274 (552m by 256m) (Centred on)
Map sheet SS84SW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO422
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11006
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW96
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 975038
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33145

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