MSO8188 - Post-medieval water meadow west of Combe Sydenham (Monument)


A post-medieval field gutter system is visible on aerial photographs from 1947.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Leats and channels making up a water meadow system, probably 16th or 17th Century date. [1] At the north end there are many sluices with leats marked on the 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map. [2] A post medieval water meadow system, known locally as a catchwater meadow, is visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks south west of Combe Sydenham, Stogumber. Centred at approximately ST 0743 3711, two gutters are visible running north-south along a west facing slope. The system covers an area of approximately 2.9 hectares, but does not appear to be connected to any local farmyards, suggesting that this was a detached system, which only distributed water to the fields and not liquid manure or other fertilisers. [3,4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. Aston, M. Somerset County Council. 10/12/1976.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3499-3500. 11/04/1947.
  • <4> Monograph: Cook, H. + Williamson, T.. 2007. Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation. Windgather Press. 1st Edition. P.1-7, 28-29.



Grid reference Centred ST 0729 3667 (530m by 1299m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet ST03NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 NE51
  • National Park: Exmoor
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 975291
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34031

Record last edited

Oct 26 2015 10:51AM


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