SN0935 : Curious field boundaries, and distant Hafod Tydfil

taken 8 years ago, near to Brynberian, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

Curious field boundaries, and distant Hafod Tydfil
Curious field boundaries, and distant Hafod Tydfil
These seem to be old walls or rocky banks that have become grassed over, along at least two sides of the field (also visible from another position in the nearby image SN0935 : Field with a long view).
Beyond, on the hillside below Car Goedog, the isolated field system of Hafod Tydfil can be clearly seen, an island of green among the brown.
Hafod Tydfil
The word Hafod means a summer place and is usually associated with upland dwellings such as the one that formerly existed here. It is a relic of the ancient practice of seasonal transhumance which is still carried on today, although not in the traditional fashion when shepherds would take their flocks (sometimes cattle too) to graze the sweet grass of the hills and remain with them. Sometimes the whole family would go too. Nowadays flocks are still grazed on the Preseli hills in summer and brought down for the winter, to low-lying local pastures or transported to another area of the county altogether. In some parts of Europe the old tradition of shepherds accompanying their animals on foot survives to the present day.

Hafod Tydfil is a remarkable relict of this old tradition. Its 13 small fields still form a green island of cultivation in the middle of the Preseli common land. It almost certainly has medieval origins and was possibly associated with St Dogmael's Abbey. In the late 16th century it was an 8 acre tenement owned by the Bowens of Pentre Ifan. It was assessed for 2 hearths in 1670, and had assumed its present form by at least the time of the 1841 tithe survey. In the late 1940s, Hafod Tydfil was bought by the author R.M. Lockley, who farmed it for several years. The house and buildings was occupied until the 1950s and were demolished during the 1970s but the land is still farmed.
The ruins of the buildings remain visible and accessible although the land is privately owned.
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SN0935, 12 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 31 August, 2010   (more nearby)
Saturday, 4 September, 2010
Field boundaries   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 091 356 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:59.1596N 4:46.8185W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 091 356
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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