MMO2149 - Post-medieval drainage ditches southwest of Pinkery Pond (Monument)

Summary

An area of regular post-medieval drainage ditches visible on aerial photographs, most likely cut as part of the Knight family's attempt at improvement and at the same time as the construction of Pinkery Pond around 1833.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

An area of regular post-medieval drainage ditches is visible on aerial photographs on moorland to the south-west of Pinkery Pond, Exmoor. The ditches were most likely cut as part of the Knight family's attempt at improvement, probably at the same time as the construction of Pinkery Pond around 1833. Centred at approximately SS 7212 4209, the ditches run approximately north-south across a south facing slope above a tributary of the River Barle. It appears that the ditches were designed to channel water into this watercourse. The ditches are all cut in approximately parallel lines, and cover an area of approximately 3.5 hectares. The whole area around The Chains and Pinkery Pond is particularly boggy and peat covered, and it seems likely that the ditches were cut to drain the area in preparation for it being enclosed. According to Orwin, many miles of drainage ditches were cut across parts of Exmoor, but in some areas failed to provide adequate drainage for the land to be enclosed [2]. Large areas of Exmoor were successfully drained, although it appears that this area, which is still open and boggy moorland was not one of them. Other similar ditches are visible in the surrounding areas, some draining into natural streams and water courses, others appearing to drain into Pinkery Canal. Many of the ditches are associated with areas of peat cutting. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 925-26 (29 March 1973).
  • <2> Monograph: Orwin, C.S.. 1929. The Reclamation of Exmoor Forest. Oxford University Press. 1st Edition. 32-33.
  • <3> Monograph: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 2001. The Field Archaeology of Exmoor. English Heritage. 138-9.
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7210 4207 (176m by 310m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW181
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1470493

Record last edited

Mar 21 2018 1:41PM

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