Monument record COV 097 - Possible Post Medieval water meadow.

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A possible water meadow of probable Post-Medieval date is visible on aerial photographs, Covehithe parish


Grid reference Centred TM 52114 82524 (899m by 850m)
Map sheet TM58SW


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

A possible relict water meadow of probable post medieval date is visible on aerial photographs of 1978 as earthworks and water management channels to the south of Benacre Broad in Covehithe parish, centred on circa TM52158245 (S1). The earthwork features, although somewhat eroded, appear to be composed of the typical elements of a 'bedwork' watermeadow. The clearest features are visible in the area between North Common Wood and Chancel Covert, centred on circa TM52148236 but similar features may be visible to the north-east, at circa TM52508274 in a more eroded form. The features are now inundated by Benacre Broad. The main irrigation channels are marked on the first edition Ordnance Survey map of circa 1884 and although marked as 'liable to flood', they are not annotated as part of a water meadow which might suggest that it had been abandoned some time before (S2). The feature appears to be largely constructed on the Covehithe side of the Covehithe/Benacre parish boundary the runs through Benacre broad. This may indicate that the meadow was constructed on a parish basis.

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Photograph: CUCAP. CUCAP aerial photograph. CUCAP RC8 CQ 109 25-05-1978.
  • <S2> Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25". circa 1884.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Sep 17 2007 9:57AM

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