MSO8598 - Post-medieval water meadow system at East Nurcott (Monument)


A working water meadow system at East Nurcott and as such is thought to be the last working gutter system in West Somerset.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

This field gutter system is described and illustrated at length by Francis. [1,2] The gutters are still in use and regularly maintained by the tenant farmer. As such it is supposed to be the last working gutter system in West Somerset. [3-5] This water meadow system was seen on vertical aerial photographs and plotted during the Brendon Hills Mapping Project. [6,7] An operating water meadow system of traditional type still in use. It consists of a reservoir at the lower end of the farmyard, defined by stone-faced earth banks. A sluice at the lower end (now disused) led water either down the hill or along a contour leat. Water running in the leat at time of visit, breached at intervals at allow it to run downhill. Effect on grass growth marked. Some of the water was supplied from the spring to the northwest, brought across the field by another leat. [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> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 4348 and 4347.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Francis, P.. 1984. A Survey and Description of the Catch Meadow Irrigation Systems. P. 52-54, 56.
  • <3> Technical drawing: Riley, H., Wilson-North, R. and Jamieson, E.. 1999. East Nurcott/pencil survey. Unknown. Permatrace. Pencil.
  • <4> Survey: RCHME. 1997. Exmoor survey. NMR site SS 93 NW35.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 4 November 1997.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF F61/543/2821 0148-50 (7 May 1964).
  • <7>XY Collection: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS93NW. [Mapped features: #47815 ; #47816 ]
  • <8> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. I Burrow, 1 April 1983.
  • <9> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1089201, Extant 26 January 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 9072 3648 (298m by 257m) (2 map features)
Map sheet SS93NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO560
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11688
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NW35
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1089201
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34247

Record last edited

Jan 26 2022 2:45PM


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