SP9113 : Evidence of Ridge and Furrow Field at Startops Reservoir

taken 10 months ago, near to Marsworth, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Evidence of Ridge and Furrow Field at Startops Reservoir
Evidence of Ridge and Furrow Field at Startops Reservoir
This is taken through a gap in the hedge on the dam between Marsworth and Startops reservoirs and is a reverse view of SP9113 : Medieval Ridge and Furrow at Startops Reservoir, Tring but taken at a higher water level
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.
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
Tuesday, 29 November, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 30 November, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Water resources 
Primary Subject of Photo
Reservoir 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9194 1361 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:48.8142N 0:40.0621W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9202 1364
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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