Square Decoy Pond 260m South of Pennyhole Fleet, Old Hall Marshes


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Post Medieval

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Essex County Council

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Maldon District Council



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OV987987 (598662, 211805)

WGS84 Coordinates

51.7692, 0.87959

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A square decoy pond situated in the south east corner of Old Hall Marshes, a promontory reclaimed from marshland. The decoy includes a square pond defined by a bank on all four sides, with four channels or pipes cutting through the bank and radiating off from each corner. The pond is 30 metres square and the pipes are 30-40 metres long. Both pond and pipes are now dry. The surviving banks are some 8 metres across and 2 metres high. The pond itself is a fairly shallow feature, being only 1 metre to 1.5 metres deep. Documentary references describe this decoy as a 'teal pond' specifically for catching teal, although other birds were caught. Scheduled.

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