Record Details

NHER Number:38443
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible post medieval water meadows

Summary

Earthworks and soilmarks of possible post medieval water meadows are visible on aerial photographs of this area. Floated water meadows of this type comprised a system of channels and drains to create a managed flow of water across the surface of the meadow. This encouraged growth of the grass early in the year to provide spring grazing for livestock.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 3559 2616
Map Sheet:TG32NE
Parish:BRUMSTEAD, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

February 2004, Norfolk NMP
Possible post medieval water meadows visible as earthworks on 1946 RAF aerial photographs (S1) and soilmarks on 1964 RAF aerial photographs (S2). Floated water meadows of this type comprised a system of channels and drains to create a managed flow of water across the surface of the meadow. This encouraged growth of the grass early in the year to provide spring grazing for livestock. At this site, ten parallel north to south aligned ditches are visible in pasture on the 1946 photographs. By 1964 the site had been ploughed and the ditches and their associated banks were visible as soilmarks. The southern extent of the soilmarks is obscured by shadows on the 1964 photographs.
J. Albone (NMP), 05 February 2004.

Monument Types

  • WATER MEADOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WATER MEADOW (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1634 5089-90 09-JUL-1946 (Norfolk SMR TG 3526A / TG 3626A).
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1964. RAF 58/6112 (F43) 0187-8 01-JAN-1964 (NMR).

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