MMO2361 - (Monument)

Summary

Several post medieval, probably 19th century drainage ditches are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks on moorland south of Little Toms Hill, Exmoor. They are similar in size and form to those seen on the opposite side of the stream at West Pinford, and were probably constructed around the same time. The ditches most likely date to the mid 19th century and were part of the Knight family's attempt to improve the land for farming.

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Several post medieval, probably 19th century drainage ditches are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks on moorland south of Little Toms Hill, Exmoor. The largest two ditches are centred at approximately SS 7978 4271, the ditches run roughly east-west, apparently channelling water to the un-named stream between East and West Pinford. The southernmost of the two measures approximately 340 metres long, while the northernmost ditch measures 540 metres in length. They are similar in size and form to those seen on the opposite side of the stream at West Pinford, and were probably constructed around the same time. Two shorter curvilinear ditches visible approximately 60 metres to the south-west are probably part of the same system. The ditches most likely date to the mid 19th century and were part of the Knight family's attempt to improve the land for farming. According to Orwin, many miles of drainage ditches were cut across Exmoor, but failed to provide adequate drainage for the land to be enclosed (1-3).

Sources/Archives (4)

  • --- Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF/543-2821 (F65) 0165-6 27-APR-1964.
  • --- Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/931 3110-11 08-NOV-1952.
  • --- Externally held archive reference: Externally held archive. Orwin, C.S. 1929 "The Reclamation of Exmoor Forest" Oxford University Press, London page(s) 32-33.
  • --- Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.

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Grid reference Centred SS 7988 4268 (348m by 207m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1475953

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Mar 21 2018 1:41PM

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