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MONUMENT NO. 1099672


A post medieval water meadow system, known locally as a catchwater meadow, is visible on air photos as a series of earthworks in fields south of Simonsbath Barton, Exmoor. To the north a leat is visible coming from Lime Combe; this leat is depicted on Ordnance Survey 6" and 25" maps. A series of approximately parallel gutters were used to distribute flowing water evenly over the surface of the meadow in order to prevent freezing in winter and encourage early growth in spring, thereby providing extra feed for livestock. This system appears to have been connected to the yard at Simonsbath Barton, suggesting that this was an integrated system which also distributed liquid manure as fertiliser to the fields.

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