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So what's the differences between a ditch a dyke and a drain?
Wax Wrote:So what's the differences between a ditch a dyke and a drain?
and a gully...
Wax Wrote:So what's the differences between a ditch a dyke and a drain?

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Ditches/gullies was done to death a year or so back, can anyone remember which thread that was on so we can pass it on to Tool as homework?
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Ditches/gullies was done to death a year or so back, can anyone remember which thread that was on so we can pass it on to Tool as homework?

Exactly, in Scotland, a dyke is "A drystone or turf wall forming a linear barrier."

A ditch is "A long, narrow channel dug in the ground, used for irrigation or drainage, as a boundary or as part of a defensive barrier" and a drain is "An artificial channel for draining liquids".
So does that mean all drains are ditches, but that not all ditches are drains, and the long wide ditches are not actually ditches? (Could they be canals - thinking of the RMC down in Kent cutting off the Romney Marshes?).
How's about "Fossa Canalis" (just made that up)? Romanists would love that.
Oi, Dino, I ain't doing no homework this weekend! First weekend off in two months so gonna sleep and wash clothing the colour of which I've long forgotten! But other than that, always grateful for information and pointers. It's becoming increasingly clear just how little I know!
[quote=VGC]Exactly, in Scotland, a dyke is "A drystone or turf wall forming a linear barrier."

And tis this too in Engerland!!!!!! However they may call it a dike now and again Smile. Which was a pain, if having written a report, having to go back and change it to dike because thats how it was written on the 1st ed. OS!!!!!!!!!!
A quick scan through many English OS maps of wetter areas will, however, soon educate one to the usage of the words dyke and dike in connection with ditches
just had a long linear coming out of my.......
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