MSO7049 - 19th Century leat on Tom's Hill (Monument)

Summary

A water channel on Tom's Hill, of a type known as a leat or head main, is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. It is probably of 19th Century date and associated with an extensive water meadow immediately to the east.

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Full Description

A ploughed out leat, southeast of Tom's Hill Farm, is visible as an indistinct feature measuring c. 0.8 metres wide and c0.2 metres deep. [1] The leat appears to join another leat in the Long Combe water meadow system (MSO7028). [4] A water channel on Tom's Hill, of a type known as a leat or head main, is visible as an earthwork over 300 metes long on aerial photographs of the 1940s and 1950s, centred on circa SS 81404297. It is probably of 19th century date and was most likely part of a wider programme of agricultural improvements associated with Larkbarrow Farm. Further leats are visible to the north and south, and this water channel probably fed into an extensive water meadow immediately to the east, to the south of Larkbarrow Farm, but no physical connection is visible. It is now largely ploughed level. [5-8] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. 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.66 (site 82).
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Chris Webster, 10 September 2002.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Meridian Air Maps. 1977-1978. Infrared False Colour Aerial Photography. 77013 079-80 (20 May 1977).
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 3311-2 (13 May 1946).
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 540/931 (F20) 3062-3 (8 November 1952).
  • <8>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SW. MD002184. [Mapped feature: #47329 ]
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 975043, Extant 29 June 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8139 4290 (127m by 334m) Enhanced using Somerset HER GIS line data
Map sheet SS84SW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park Authority HER number: MSO7049
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO424
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11008
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW89
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 975043
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33147

Record last edited

Jun 29 2021 9:51AM

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