MSO8881 - Post-medieval and modern fishponds to the west of Withiel Florey (Monument)


A series of fishponds are modern in origin. One may be earlier, probably post-medieval. To the north there is a post-medieval field gutter system.

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St Joseph aerial photograph shows probable 16th or 17th Century fishponds and water system. [1] Area comprises six artificial ponds with leats. [2,3] A series of fishponds and water meadows to the west of Withiel Florey and St Mary Magdalene's Church. The fishponds centred at SS 9840 3325 are marked as extant and water filled on the Ordnance Survey 10,000 scale map but are not visible on RAF vertical photographs dating back to 1947. This suggests that they are modern in origin. One fish pond however, is likely to be earlier, probably post-medieval, and is located at SS 9855 3338. To the north of these fish ponds, at SS 9850 3347, is a water meadow system of probable post-medieval date. [6-7] The ponds were probably originally associated with the house at Withial Florey (MSO12661) and are shown on the Tithe map of 1839 [8]. The present ponds are more recent. [9] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [10]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. M Aston, SCPD, 29 November 1976.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: September 19. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 99. 8813.
  • <3> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 9833.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Francis, P.. 1984. A Survey and Description of the Catch Meadow Irrigation Systems. 41.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3148.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/2082 4023-4 (19 May 1947).
  • <7>XY Collection: Dyer, C.. 1998. RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS93SE. [Mapped feature: #39530 ]
  • <8> Map: Pursey, R.P.. 1839. Withiel Florey Tithe Map and Apportionment. 6 chains = 1".
  • <9> Report: Wilson-North, R.. 1998. An 18th Century House and Park at Withiel Florey. RCHME.
  • <10> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1118120, Extant 4 May 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 984 333 (370m by 236m)
Map sheet SS93SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO669
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11093
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 SE9
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1118120
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33390

Record last edited

May 4 2022 2:20PM


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