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MONUMENT NO. 1483654

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An area of regular post medieval drainage ditches is visible on aerial photographs within an enclosure on the southern edge of Squallacombe, Exmoor. The ditches were most likely cut as part of the Knight family's attempt at agricultural improvement, probably around 1845. According to Orwin, many miles of drainage ditches were cut across parts of Exmoor, but failed to provide adequate drainage for the land to be enclosed. Since these ditches lie within an enclosure, it seems that this method was succesful here at least.
Other similar ditches are visible in the surrounding areas, some draining into natural streams and water courses, others appearing to drain into specially constructed leats or channels. Many of the ditches are associated with areas of peat cutting.

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