SU2333 : Pigs near East Winterslow

taken 8 years ago, near to Middle Winterslow, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Pigs near East Winterslow
Pigs near East Winterslow
Several large fields have been given over to pigs.
Pigs have always been popular because they are such versatile providers of food - pork, bacon and ham. In the Middle Ages they were used to clean the streets by eating the refuse. But they became such a nuisance that in 1292 four men were appointed as 'killers of swine', with licence to slaughter any pig found wandering along the king's highway. As a result there were fewer pigs in towns and the countrymen found an increased market. Wild pigs have not been seen in the countryside since the end of the 17th century. Those kept in the country in medieval times were half-wild and sometimes dangerous. During the 19th century these were crossed with more docile varieties introduced from south-east Asia, which produced today's breed.
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Date Taken
Monday, 18 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 18 January, 2010
Category
Pigs   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 236 339 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:6.2351N 1:39.8498W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 236 339
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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