SP7075 : Open sheep grazing north of Cottesbrooke

taken 10 months ago, near to Cottesbrooke, Northamptonshire, Great Britain

Open sheep grazing north of Cottesbrooke
Open sheep grazing north of Cottesbrooke
The lane from Haselbech here passes through a large open field on which sheep graze restrained only by gates at either end of the field. The ridges and furrows suggest that it was once an open field divided into strips, presumably one of several around the village of Cottesbrooke. The late middle ages saw much conversion of arable farming to sheep-walks in this part of the Midlands, and (without any background knowledge of the village's history) I would be inclined to guess this is what happened here, the field then making it through the subsequent centuries without deep ploughing that would disrupt the ridge-and-furrow pattern.
On the hill in the background is Mitley Spinney.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 6 December, 2020   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 12 December, 2020
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement 
Primary Subject of Photo
Sheep 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 7085 7514 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:22.1842N 0:57.6484W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 7073 7511
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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