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The Back Field and a glimpse of the Strange Finger

Oh some sheep have appeared in the Triangle Field

I love maps so you’ll have to forgive me for posting these. If anyone can shed light on the Strange Finger please do. I can’t imagine why someone would need or want a field that shape but there must have been a purpose. It may be that it connected with a lane at the top but this has long since gone. A mystery for a land historian.

The 10 acres is divided into 3 fields on a south facing slope of a valley:

Back Field – a big field behind the house and barns with a Strange Finger which creeps up the hill

Triangle Field – across the road, a small field with neat hedges of Blackthorn, Hazel and Sycamore, some people call it the Three Cornered Field

Cow Field – a big field across the road with a straggly hedge down the middle

Map showing layout of land

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Gloria #

    Is strange finger the legacy of strip farming and land exchanging on that system? http://www.farmersguardian.com/integrating-historic-strip-farming/2926.article. Love a good map too….

    September 6, 2012
    • thanks I’ll have a look at that….could be. If it was it would be quite exciting. Just think of all those hands building the hedgebanks… I imagine people from the past toiling away here quite a lot. x

      September 6, 2012
    • This is exactly what I was going to say.

      January 22, 2013
  2. Harriet #

    It was there in 1884, I looked at an old map online. It is a good mystery.

    September 26, 2012
  3. It IS very interesting. I wonder how you could find out?

    April 21, 2013

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