TL1712 : Nomansland Common

near to Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Nomansland Common
Nomansland Common
One of the very few remaining expanses of heathland in Hertfordshire, with a very delicate habitat created by light soils and a long history of grazing. Once the grazing stopped trees and scrub grew, and shaded out the heathland plants, so there has to be active management now to control the spread of the vegetation cover before these heathland plants are smothered. On the south side of the Common the ground was ploughed up during the Second World War and although now re-seeded with grass, it has a completely different open image to the north side shown here. Oh, yes, and a highwaywoman, unmasked after her death as Lady Ferrers of Markyate, reputedly haunted the Common, and is commemorated by the name of the road through the Common and the name of the local hostelry.
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Sunday, 4 December, 2005   (more nearby)
Sunday, 4 December, 2005
Heathland > Heathland   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 173 124 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:47.8773N 0:18.0233W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 174 123
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