Walking with local history day 1

July 19, 2011 at 1:06 am 1 comment

The rain did not deter us…14 eager Marlborough College Summer School participants boarded the minibus and drove to Windmill Hill….from there we walked up the track a few miles into Avebury and out the other side to the Avenue. Back to College in time for tea and scones…terribly British! Our leader is very knowledgable and rather scrummy striding out in his long boots (we are all wearing walking boots or stout shoes)…I fear he may march us across a ford some time this week! I learnt many things today, and the most memorable about ploughing in Saxon times (a furlong is a furrow long…and the ancient

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fields are best observed around Leicestershire) …but there is a cracking example of a strip system close to Avebury which has a headland (curve) for turning the oxen…long strips were better than square fields because of the difficulty in turning a ploughing team.

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dragoning in Norwich Walking Through History Day 2 Ramsbury-Littlecote

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  • 1. Sally  |  July 19, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Love Avebury but have not done the Windmill Hill walk. Next summer?!

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