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Somerset Historic Environment Record

28600

Site Name: Pilrow Cut
Civil Parish: East Brent, Mark, Wedmore
Grid Ref: ST 3675 5358 (ST 35 SE) ST 3736 5082 (ST 35 SE) ST 3793 4723 (ST 34 NE) ST 3999 4499 (ST 34 SE)
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Public access:

The public accessibility of this site is unknown or has not been checked. Please ask locally and do not visit without permission. [Information last updated on 14 November 2008]

Details:

Date of the construction of this canal is uncertain, but it was in existance by 1235. It ran through Mark where it joined with the River Axe at Rooksbridge. On modern OS maps it appears to be called the Old Yeo and Mark Yeo. {1}

Must have been completed by 1316 as at this time written sources mention that it reached the sea. The cut was probably used as a connection between between the four main coastal manors at the time with the Abbey of Glastonbury. {2}

References:

1 Description - Rippon, S. Waterways and water transport on reclaimed coastal marshlands: The Somerset Levels and beyond. In Blair, J. Waterways and Canal-Building in Medieval England.  (2007) at 207-234 (specifically 220).
2 Description - Williams, M. The Draining of the Somerset Levels.  (1970), 68-9.

Record created on 14 November 2008

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