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History in the landscape (1)

Happy new year all. I've had a bit of a posting hiatus, I think I lost the photographic mojo a bit and focussed more on exploring Northumberland looking for any interesting stuff - cultural, historical or natural.

This shot's an example, taken from Rothley Crags.

P1060121 by johndal, on Flickr

The rigg and furrow tells a story about the history of farming in the area. There are at least 2 eras in the photo. The elongated inverted 'S' ridges in the top half of the front field are pre-enclosure oxen-ploughed. In the early medieval there were 8 oxen pulling the plough and when it reached the end of a furrow it had to have already started turning or the oxen would have needed a large area to go into so that the plough could reach the end of the strip (the area called the "Headland"). Like this:

Later, technology improved and with horse teams they could do straight strips. It looks like in this case, they maybe extended the field and ploughed straight lines, taking away some of the ends of the earlier strips. Pure speculation of course!

In the centre of the picture, the curved ridge with hawthorns on it is a Victorian tramway which took away stone from quarries whose remains can be seen in the ridged field at the right. The tramway connected with the Morpeth-Rothbury branch railway line which runs across the middle of the picture.
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Re: History in the landscape (1)

Very interesting John. Sometimes it helps to concentrate on the subject itself rather than how we are going to photograph it - it is all too easy to get bogged down in the recording process.

And it's a lovely photo with gorgeous light. Bargain!

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Re: History in the landscape (1)

As John said, very interesting John. I also like the overall landscape in your photo. Somehow I seem to remember a similar thread in the distant past, with curved 'semifossile' furrows. Did you eventually mention the ploughing thing here before?!
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Re: History in the landscape (1)

Great stuff John. Its amazing how the information enables you understand what you are seeing in the (great) photo.
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Re: History in the landscape (1)

Nice bit of scenery and some good history too - thanks! Haven't been to Northumberland for 30-odd years. Must go back up there in the not too distant future.
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Re: History in the landscape (1)

Great info and great photographic evidence of the historical agricultural techniques.

Thanks for posting

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Re: History in the landscape (1)

Thanks guys.

Falk - Maybe, but I didn't find out about this curved ridge stuff until fairly recently - so it would have been in the last 3/4 months.
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Re: History in the landscape (1)

Not only a wonderful photograph but an interesting history lesson too.
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Re: History in the landscape (1)

Very interesting. Often people live beside historical sites and never know it until aerial photography picks it up.
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