Giants Hedge, Lerryn to Lanreath
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County Council (Unitary)
South East Cornwall
SN161161 (216086, 57112)
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This Hedge is not a boundary. It follows an ancient track way and because of the proximity of Bronze age barrows might date back to the bronze age.Croft Andrew in the 1930s was looking for a 7C boundary similar to Offa's Dyke identified by Sir Fox. Walk it imagining you have a group of donkeys carrying goods, their hooves eroding a hollow especially in rain where it is steep and avoiding swampy areas.Probably going out of use in 13 th & 14 Century because of civil disturbances later to be superceded by modern routes respecting field boundaries from the 15C with local paths joining farms used by travelling salesmen and stud bulls and stallions as well as locals.Until 1920 lime stone and heavy timber was moved in small coasters up the rivers and carried in carts to where needed. The lanes were then widened and tarmacced fot modern lorry traffic.A large scale OS Map shows very clearly how the "Hedge" was planted in sections enclosing fields.
Jack Major, 23 July 2015
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