MMO2476 - 19th Century drainage system at Beckham (Monument)


Post medieval ditches are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs forming an extensive drainage system across the slopes of Beckham.

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A system of post-medieval drainage ditches is visible on aerial photographs, across the slopes of Beckham. The ditches were most likely cut as part of the Knight family's attempt at agricultural improvement of the former Royal Forest, possibly associated with the construction of Tom's Hill Farm around 1850. Centred on approximately SS 8133 4202, these earthworks cover an area of approximately 5 hectares and form one of three relatively small and discrete drainage systems that feed into tributaries to the south of Long Combe. Two more can be seen immediately to the west. The drains are arranged in an irregular herringbone pattern draining centrally into an unnamed tributary to Long Combe. Similar, but much more extensive drainage systems are visible to the south and west towards Warren Farm, some draining into natural streams and water courses, others appearing to drain into the various contour leats. [1,2]

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  • <1> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. NMR RAF 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 4069-70 (13 May 1946).
  • <2> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SW. MD002184.
  • <3> Report: Riley, H.. 2017. Agricultural Reclamation at Larkbarrow Farm, Exmoor. Exmoor Mires Partnership ELB17 Project Report.



Grid reference Centred SS 8137 4197 (417m by 309m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS84SW

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  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW235
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1477889

Record last edited

May 22 2017 11:15AM


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