MMO2338 - Drainage Ditches, East Pinford (Monument)
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An area of regular post medieval drainage ditches is visible on aerial photographs on East Pinford, 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 Warren Farm around 1845. Centred at approximately SS 7983 4180, the ditches run in a number of different directions, apparently channeling water towards the un-named stream between East and West Pinford, and cover an area of approximately 38 hectares. 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 the various contour leats. Many of the ditches are associated with areas of peat cutting (1-2).
- <1> SDE60980 Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK 1980. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. 3086. 1980 3159-60. 11/04/1947.
- <2> SEM7231 Monograph: Orwin, C.S.. 1929. The Reclamation of Exmoor Forest. Oxford University Press. 1st Edition. P. 32-33.
- <3> SMO7566 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 7974 4188 (936m by 911m) (Aerial Survey)|
|Civil Parish||EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1475726 (Pastscape entry: 1475726)
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1475726
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