MSO7057 - Post-medieval drainage system at Clovenrocks Bridge (Monument)


A rectangular system of well defined ditches is probably of 19th Century date and connected with agricultural improvement.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A complex of channels is depicted to the north of Clovenrocks Bridge on the Ordnance Survey 1st Edition mapping of 1891. [1] The channels are centred at SS 7861 3992 and are generally as depicted in 1891. They are well defined and form a roughly rectangular system of ditches 0.9 metres deep and 2.6 metres wide. Their purpose and date is unclear, but they seem most likely to be associated with drainage activities, and as such may be contemporary with agricultural improvement in the area in the 19th Century. [1, 2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1891, Somerset 45 NW.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. RCHME Field Investigation, 26 October 1994.



Grid reference Centred SS 7860 3991 (147m by 156m)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12525
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE45
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1029533
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35727

Record last edited

Jul 11 2018 9:51AM


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