SP9113 : Medieval Ridge and Furrow at Startops Reservoir, Tring

taken 3 years ago, near to Marsworth, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Medieval Ridge and Furrow at Startops Reservoir, Tring
Medieval Ridge and Furrow at Startops Reservoir, Tring
Before the reservoir was built there was obviously a medieval field here, However the difference in height between the surviving ridge and furrows is very small - perhaps only a couple of inches. AS a result it is often difficult to see clearly - assuming it isn't completely covered with water.
This picture is by far the clearest I have taken. The water level was just right, maximizing the zig-zag edge, and there had been heavy rain a couple of hours eaarlier which had drained from the ridges - leaving puddles in the furrows.

For same area, photographed from the opposite direction, at a higher water level, see SP9113 : Evidence of Ridge and Furrow Field at Startops Reservoir
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
Saturday, 7 November, 2015   (more nearby)
Saturday, 7 November, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Water resources 
Place (from Tags)
Tring Reservoirs 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9196 1360 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:48.8086N 0:40.0448W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9187 1359
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Ridge and Furrow  Medieval Field System  Reservoir 

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