MMO2154 - Post-medieval drainage ditches north of Pinkery Farm (Monument)


A pair of probable post medieval drainage ditches are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs. The ditches lie in an area of peat cutting, and may also be associated with this activity.

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A pair of probable post-medieval drainage ditches are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs, on moorland to the north of Pinkery Farm, Exmoor. Centred at approximately SS 7223 4150, the ditches lie in an area of peat cutting, and may also be associated with this activity. Both ditches run approximately east to west, with the longer of the two measuring 100 metres long and the shorter measuring 75 metres long. Areas of peat cutting have removed sections of both ditches in places. These ditches are broadly similar to the parallel ditches seen to the northeast and east around Pinkery Farm and The Chains, which are believed to have been cut as part of the Knight family's improvement attempt. According to Orwin, many miles of drainage ditches were constructed by the Knight family across various parts of Exmoor, but failed to provide adequate drainage for the land to be enclosed succesfully. Most of the ditches tend to drain into natural streams or constructed leats in the area, but there is no visible evidence to show where these particular ditches drained. [1-4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 924-25 (29 March 1973).
  • <2> Monograph: Orwin, C.S.. 1929. The Reclamation of Exmoor Forest. Oxford University Press. 1st Edition. pp 32-33.
  • <3> Monograph: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 2001. The Field Archaeology of Exmoor. English Heritage. pp 138-39.
  • <4>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182. [Mapped feature: #32908 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 7224 4150 (106m by 30m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW185
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1470530

Record last edited

Feb 10 2021 4:59PM


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