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MONUMENT NO. 1470377

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An area of regular post medieval drainage ditches is visible on aerial photographs in fields north of Pinkery Farm, 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 Pinkery Farm sometime before 1848. According to Orwin, many miles of drainage ditches were cut across parts of Exmoor, particularly in the years after Frederic Winn Knight took over the estate in 1845, but failed to provide adequate drainage for the land to be enclosed. Other similar ditches are visible in the surrounding areas, some draining into natural streams and water courses, others appearing to drain into Pinkery Canal. Many of the ditches are associated with areas of peat cutting.

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