Mark Yeo

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Coordinates: 51°17′38″N 2°54′49″W / 51.29389°N 2.91361°W / 51.29389; -2.91361
Mark Yeo
River
Mark Yeo - geograph.org.uk - 105471.jpg
Country England
State Somerset
District North Somerset
Source
 - location Mark, Sedgemoor, Somerset, England
 - coordinates 51°14′06″N 2°53′27″W / 51.23500°N 2.89083°W / 51.23500; -2.89083
Mouth River Axe
 - location Loxton, North Somerset, Somerset, England
 - coordinates 51°17′38″N 2°54′49″W / 51.29389°N 2.91361°W / 51.29389; -2.91361

The Mark Yeo is a short river in Somerset, England. It starts near Mark on the Somerset Levels and flows north for about 6 kilometres (4 mi) under the M5 motorway to join the River Axe near Loxton. It provided a link between the Axe and the River Brue,[1] and may have been canalised in the 13th and 14th centuries.[2]

The river flows under the A38 road at Rooks Bridge. In the 5th and 6th Centuries the Mark-Yeo acted as a route from the small port of Rackley on the river Axe across the marshes to Glastonbury. [3] Excavations just north of York Farm in a field called 'Scott's wharf' at Rooks Bridge uncovered 14th or 15th century pottery and worked stones, which represent the site of a wharf at a site where the Mark Yeo used to join the old river Axe before it was diverted.[4]

In 2008 an oil spill threatened some of the birds and other wildlife on the river.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mark Yeo River". Somerset Rivers. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Pilrow Cut". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "About us". Rooksbridge and East Brent. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Medieval wharf, N of York Farm, East Brent". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Environment Agency appeals for help after oil spill near Burnham". Burnham on Sea .com. Retrieved 31 March 2010.