MMO2340 - Drainage Ditches, West Pinford (Monument)

Summary

A large area of post medieval, probably 19th century parallel drainage ditches is visible on aerial photographs as earthworks on West Pinford.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A large area of post medieval, probably 19th century parallel drainage ditches is visible on aerial photographs as earthworks on West Pinford, Exmoor. Centred at approximately SS 7899 4191, the ditches mostly run East-West, following the contours of the slope, and cover an area of approximately 66 hectares. The ditches were most likely cut as part of the Knight family's attempt at improvement following their acquisition of the former Royal Forest in 1820. According to Orwin (2), many miles of drainage ditches were cut across parts of Exmoor, but failed to provide adequate drainage for the land to be enclosed. Other similar ditches are visible to the east and west, some draining into natural streams and water courses, others appearing to drain into contour leats. In places these other areas are cut by later 19th century enclosure walls. (1-2)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. CPE/UK/1980 3158-60. 11/04/1947.
  • <2> Monograph: Orwin, C.S.. 1929. The Reclamation of Exmoor Forest. Oxford University Press. 1st Edition. P. 32-33.
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7893 4190 (1188m by 954m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1475739
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 18810

Record last edited

Oct 17 2011 12:09PM

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