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EPW033558 ENGLAND (1930). Longford Castle, Bodenham, 1930

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Details

Title [EPW033558] Longford Castle, Bodenham, 1930
Reference EPW033558
Date July-1930
Link
Place name BODENHAM
Parish ODSTOCK
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 417144, 126654
Longitude / Latitude -1.7554519011246, 51.03845069406
National Grid Reference SU171267

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A system of water meadows - better seen in EPW033556

Maurice
Wednesday 12th of December 2012 07:09:10 AM

User Comment Contributions

At one time, water meadows were an important technique in the management of floodplain farmland. A leat (small canal) was constructed to branch off from the main stream above the site, the flow of water being controlled by a sluice gate. The release of water into a system of distribution channels allowed irrigation when required. Excess water was drained off from the meadows by another separate set of channels, returning the water to the main stream below the site. Careful observation of the picture allows these two patterns to be seen. The feeder channels are larger and straight, while the slightly lower drains are more of herring bone pattern within the rectangles made by the former. This set of meadows is still visible on today satellite pictures, being just south east of Salisbury on the Avon. There is another set of meadows at Harnham in Salisbury that make an important element in the unchanging scene to the west of the Cathedral.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water-meadow



http://www.salisburywatermeadows.org.uk/



Some have suggested that the decline of water meadows is an element, albeit a small one, in the causes of modern flooding. Their reintroduction would certainly help retard the flow of water down stream. The system would perhaps more importantly arrest the loss of top soil carried down stream during flood episodes as the water meadows act as a filter trapping sediment and nutrients that improve the land.

Maurice
Wednesday 12th of December 2012 08:04:55 AM