Nico Ditch is a six-mile-long (9.7 km) linear earthwork between Ashton-
under-Lyne and Stretford in Greater Manchester, England. It was dug as a
defensive fortification, or possibly a boundary marker, between the 5th
and 11th centuries. The earliest documented reference to the ditch is in
a charter detailing the granting of land in Audenshaw to the monks of
the Kersal Cell. In the document, dating from 1190 to 1212, the
earthwork is referred to as "Mykelldiche", and a magnum fossatum, Latin
for "large ditch". Despite heavy weathering, it is still visible in
short sections, which can be 4–5 yards (3.7–4.6 m) wide and up to 5
feet (1.5 m) deep. A 330-yard (300 m) stretch through Denton Golf
Course and a section running through Platt Fields Park are considered
the best-preserved remains. In 1997, a segment of the ditch in Platt
Fields was protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The rest of the
ditch remains unprotected.
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