SP9113 : Ridge and Furrow markings in Startops Reservoir

taken 6 years ago, near to Marsworth, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Ridge and Furrow markings in Startops Reservoir
Ridge and Furrow markings in Startops Reservoir
The green strips represent a difference in height of possibly no more than an inch or two - but the many hundreds of years of cultivation in Medieval times means a very slight difference in soil structure, which is reflected in differences in the vegetation. This area is covered with water when the Reservoir is full.
Ridge and Furrow Fields near Tring, Hertfordshire
Medieval farming involved large common fields which were divided into narrow strips, each a furrow long (hence the distance measure - a furlong). While this farming technique was abandoned several hundred years ago field signs can still sometimes be seen where there has not been deep modern ploughing.
Low Water in Startops Reservoir
Startops Reservoir became very low in the Autumn of 2011, as did the adjacent Marsworth and Tringford Reservoirs. Startops only receives water from the other two reservoirs when they are full and as a result the level was still slowly falling in January 2012 and only started to rise again at the end of February. The three reservoirs supply water to the Grand Union Canal which runs immediately to the North West of Startops Reservoir.
Startopsend (or just Startops) Reservoir, near Tring :: SP9114
Startopsend Reservoir was opened in 1817 to provide water for the Grand Junction Canal (now the Grand Union Canal). All but the section of the reservoir adjacent to the Marsworth Reservoir dam are in SP9113. Most of Startopsend Reservoir is in Hertfordshire, but the northernmost part is in Buckinghamshire. It differs from the other reservoirs in the area in that it has very little natural vegetation. It has the Marsworth Reservoir dam on its eastern flank, plus the road on the Tringford Reservoir dam. The Northern edge separates it from the Grand Union Canal and the South West and North West sides are also dams. It takes the overflow water from Marsworth and Tringford Reservoirs and has no direct supply of water.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 21 January, 2012   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 24 January, 2012
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Historic sites and artefacts 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 919 136 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:48.8300N 0:40.0268W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 918 136
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