Dewpond

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1002237
Date first listed:
28-May-1974

Map

Ordnance survey map of Dewpond
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
East Sussex
District:
Wealden (District Authority)
Parish:
East Dean and Friston
National Park:
SOUTH DOWNS
National Grid Reference:
TV 55116 98205

Summary

Post-medieval dewpond, 280m north-east of Point House.

Reasons for Designation

A dewpond is a shallow pond, often artificial, fed by the condensation of water from the air, occurring on high land which has no other adequate water supply. They traditionally formed an important source of water for livestock, usually sheep, on the South Downs.

The post-medieval dewpond, 280m north-east of Point House is a good example of its type, which survives well.

History

See Details.

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 24 February 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes a post-medieval dewpond situated near the summit of South Hill at a cross roads adjacent to the Church of St Mary The Virgin, Friston on the South Downs.

The dew pond is thought to have been formed of puddle clay. It is broadly oval in form and measures about 33m north-south by 31m east-west. The 17th century church register records that it was twice cleaned out by the community. The pond is now planted with ornamental plants and trees.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
ES 414
Legacy System:
RSM - OCN

Sources

Other
NMR TV59NE95. PastScape 470145.

Legal

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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