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by Alan Wadsworth
03 Dec 2017, 21:34
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Definition of a Beast
Replies: 7
Views: 6668

Re: Definition of a Beast

Well ... I believe that the key lies in “4 cows and 6 beast”. Even today, farmers in Wiltshire and Worcestershire distinguish between cows (which are used to produce milk) and cattle (not used for milk - either male or female). On this basis, beasts are cattle - male and female. As a previous contri...
by Alan Wadsworth
11 Oct 2017, 10:59
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Definition of a Beast
Replies: 7
Views: 6668

Re: Definition of a Beast

Hi,

Which county are you in?
by Alan Wadsworth
11 Sep 2017, 10:03
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Denny of Cruikshank, Scotland
Replies: 0
Views: 8783

Denny of Cruikshank, Scotland

Does anyone know what this tool was used for please?

Many thanks, Alan Wadsworth
by Alan Wadsworth
03 Sep 2017, 07:39
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Essex War Agricultural Committee Records
Replies: 2
Views: 5651

Re: Essex War Agricultural Committee Records

Essex RO holds Essex WAC records under D/Z 45 in their catalogue - these appear to be for the period 1915-1917.
by Alan Wadsworth
23 Aug 2017, 17:53
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Welsh Hay Rakes
Replies: 1
Views: 5838

Re: Welsh Hay Rakes

I think you may be correct, that the original author is less than clear what he is saying. In particular, he says that the Welsh design means that the user "need not step his foot backward at every reach". Well, having used a conventional rake as a lad (and since), I have never had to step backward ...
by Alan Wadsworth
12 Jul 2017, 21:49
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Orcheston Long Grass
Replies: 3
Views: 13273

Re: Orcheston Long Grass

I assume that you have read (perhaps you are the author?) of this webpost https://salisburyplainbenefice.com/our-churches/orcheston/the-long-grass-meadows/ Given that bent grass is native to Britain, then it appears that the luxuriant growth was achieved through the use of a water meadow system of s...
by Alan Wadsworth
28 Jun 2017, 20:09
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Ironwork in a threshing barn
Replies: 1
Views: 12401

Ironwork in a threshing barn

During a recent recording of a threshing barn in Worcestershire, ironwork was observed under the purlin on each side of the threshing floor and in the other extant bay - see photo below IMG_7721.JPG Does anyone know what this is for? The purlins are approx. 6.5m (20ft) above floor level. Thanks, Alan
by Alan Wadsworth
26 Jun 2017, 11:18
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Eighteenth-century potatoes
Replies: 4
Views: 11447

Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Not academic, but may give further clues?


http://blog.catherinedelors.com/potatoe ... evolution/
by Alan Wadsworth
26 Jun 2017, 11:10
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: The horse as motive power in the 18th Century
Replies: 3
Views: 11191

Re: The horse as motive power in the 18th Century

There is an article by Moore-Colyer in AgHR 39, 126-142 which may offer a starter for ten