SK8129 : Oaks and hedges at Branston, near Croxton Kerrial

taken 10 years ago, near to Branston, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Oaks and hedges at Branston, near Croxton Kerrial
Oaks and hedges at Branston, near Croxton Kerrial
The more or less parallel lines of the hedges here make a striking pattern. The field boundaries almost certainly date back no further than the Parliamentary Enclosure Acts of about 200 years ago. In economic terms, the enclosure of what had been parish fields and commons was a form of privatisation which left many peasant farmers dispossessed. It also swept away a form of landscape which had persisted since medieval times.

John Clare, the so-called 'peasant-poet', lived some 25 miles away, beyond Stamford. The enclosure movement of the early 1800's destroyed the landscape of his childhood, and left him broken-hearted. He loved walking along hedges, looking for birds' nests and the like. If he came back, I feel he would prefer these pastures to much of modern England - even if the slashed hawthorn hedges are far from ideal for wildlife.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 19 March, 2009   (more nearby)
Friday, 26 November, 2010
Pasture land   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 815 291 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:51.2050N 0:47.4590W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 814 294
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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