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Taddington moor high mere
Taddington moor high mere

Located half a mile south of Taddington at 1200 ft above sea level.

From the information board -

The earliest documented record of a mere is on the map of ‘The Wastes and Commons of Taddington and Priestcliffe’, surveyed by John Orme in 1690 – ‘the great pond or meare called Taddington high Meare’

The mere lies at a meeting of track ways and would have been an important watering place for sheep, cattle and pack horses on the desolate moors where free standing water was scarce.

South-east of the mere, Wades Cross was an important marker to guide travellers and packhorse trains over Sheldon and flagg moors, up to High Mere and then down to Taddington and on to Tideswell.

The trackway adjacent to the mere was the subject of a boundary dispute between Taddington and Flagg in 1795, when it was referred to in the Taddington and Pristcliffe Enclosue Award as ‘a certain ancient way called Oriss road’.

The High Mee is a geological feature formed during the ice age. Glaciation scalped the top layers off the local topography, typically, folded layers of limestone, basalt and clays to reveal small pockets of clay deposits scattered over the upland limestone plateau. These formed small ponds or meres when filled with abundant rainwater.

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