Duck Decoy 250m North West of Moredon House
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Somerset County Council
Taunton Deane Borough Council
SJ322322 (332171, 126347)
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A duck decoy pond, located on Hay Moor to the south of the River Tone. The area of the decoy is now overgrown, the shape of the pool has altered and the original area has been reduced. The present pool is oval, 50 metres by 40 metres, with an oval central island. A linear depression can be seen running from the boundary of Moredon House towards the decoy. On reaching level ground it curves slightly to the north east as a waterlogged hollow. This would appear to be an old ditch line, which can be seen on an 1886 map as feeding into a possible pipe to the south of the main pool. A further pipe was reportedly ploughed out in the 1970s to the east of the pool. The main pipe for the decoy would have been to the north west arc of the present pool, the land to the south having been removed after 1886 to make a larger pond. A mortared stone sluice controls the water supply at the north end of the original pond, feeding into Haymoor Old Rhyne. Scheduled.
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