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Middle Street Meadow, West Harnham
SU1329 | taken 5 years ago, Wednesday, 22 May, 2019 | by Colin Cheesman
Middle Street Meadow is an area of old water meadows, with public access. It is part of a green corridor along the river Nadder which extends into the heart of the city and which includes the adjacent Harnham Water Meadows.
Middle Street Meadow is part of an old water meadow system along the River Nadder which was worked until the early 1900's. Evidence of the earlier water-meadow ditches still remain, especially in the eastern end. Historically, Middle Street Meadow was known as Rack Mead . The name refers to the racks on which woven woollen cloth was stretched. The cloth was hung on ‘tenter hooks’ before being taken back to the Old Mill (Harnham Mill) where it was processed.
The management of the area is assisted by the Friends of Middle Street Meadow.