MMO2213 - 19th Century drains northwest of the Chains Barrow (Monument)


A pair of 19th century parallel drains are visible on aerial photographs. They appear to be a continuation of the extant parallel drains visible to the north.

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Full Description

A pair of 19th Century parallel drains are visible on aerial photographs northwest of The Chains Barrow, Exmoor Parish. Beginning at SS 7326 4218, the drains run south-south-west for approximately 360 metres, disappearing from view at SS 7313 4186. They appear to be a continuation of the extant parallel drains visible to the north and shown on the modern Ordnance Survey map. The majority of the drainage in this area was originally constructed by the Knight Family in the mid 19th Century in an attempt to enclose the moor, and it seems likely that these drains were also constructed at this point, but abandoned shortly afterwards. Part of these drains are depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting that they were already in decline by the time the map was published in 1890. [1-4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. Exmoor National Park Authority IRFC 5804-05 (1983).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2004. 1:10000, 2004. 1:10,000. 1:10000 / 2004.
  • <4>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182. [Mapped feature: #32885 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 7320 4202 (160m by 344m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW244
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1471226

Record last edited

Feb 10 2021 1:11PM


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