MMO2192 - Possible post-medieval or modern drainage feature southwest of Exe Head (Monument)

Summary

A curvilinear bank and ditch are visible on aerial photographs. The precise function of this feature is uncertain, but it may be related to drainage in the area. It most likely dates to the post-medieval period, or possibly the 20th Century.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A curvilinear bank and ditch are visible on aerial photographs on moorland southeast of The Chains Valley, Exmoor Parish. Centred at approximately SS 7495 4134, the bank runs approximately east to west in an S shape for approxcimately 145 metres. The ditch follows the same pattern. At SS 7492 4134, the feature divides, and a second bank and ditch runs southeast to northwest for 35 metres. The precise function of this feature is uncertain, but it may be related to drainage in the area. It most likely dates to the post-medieval period, possibly the mid 19th Century when Frederic Winn Knight attempted to drain large areas of Exmoor. However, it may have been constructed in the 20th Century. The feature is not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of the area, or on any later maps. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/95026 064-65 (12 March 1995).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182. [Mapped feature: #32891 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7496 4133 (143m by 63m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW223
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1470975

Record last edited

Oct 6 2020 3:37PM

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