SU0208 : Wheat sheaves, North Farm, Horton

taken 7 years ago, near to Horton, Dorset, Great Britain

Wheat sheaves, North Farm, Horton
Wheat sheaves, North Farm, Horton, taken 7 years ago
The field is being harvested traditionally and the sheaves are stacked together to form stooks, this allows both the sun and wind to get to the stalks to dry them.

As it was considered unlucky to cut the last sheaf of the harvest, the growing stems were plaited into a corn dolly and felled by the reapers' thrown sickles. The dolly was then dressed and garlanded, carried home in procession and kept through the winter in the farmhouse or church to ensure a good harvest next year. The custom was a survival of pagan rites originating in the Middle East 7000 years ago. These appeased the corn spirit or fertility goddess who took her final refuge in the last sheaf.

Variously called the kirn baby, the mare, hag or maiden, the dolly was woven into many elaborate shapes.
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Wednesday, 4 August, 2010   (more nearby)
Thursday, 5 August, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 02290 08247 [1m precision]
WGS84: 50:52.4231N 1:58.1294W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 02290 08247
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