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This culvert that carried water beneath the drive is part of the water meadows scheme created by the 4th Duke of Portland in the early 19th century. His ideas were developed further in his larger scheme at Clipstone. The quality of the stonework is impressive. It gives an insight into the operation of the experimental flood meadows created by the 4th Duke of Portland where the land was levelled and channels dug to divert water onto the fields to improve the quality of the pasture. An indication of the complexity of the system is given by the quality of the stonework on the culvert that passes beneath the start of Hanger Hill Drive. The Duke later improved these methods for the Clipstone water meadows, gaining a considerable increase in productivity from his land by allowing livestock onto the pasture earlier in the year and by the animals providing manure which increased the fertility of the arable land.
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