The origins of water meadows in England

Cook, Hadrian, Stearne, Kathy and Williamson, Tom (2003) The origins of water meadows in England. Agricultural History Review, 51 (2). pp. 155-162. ISSN 0002-1490

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Abstract

It is usually assumed that the ‘floating’ or artificial irrigation of water meadows was an innovation of the early modern period. Indeed, many authorities still attribute the technique to the late sixteenth-century improver Rowland Vaughan. There is, however, good evidence that irrigation was already understood and practised on at least a limited scale by the start of the sixteenth century. It is probable that early irrigation systems normally took the form of catchworks: the key development of the post-medieval centuries was the creation of more sophisticated bedwork systems, which allowed the widespread adoption of floating on the chalklands of southern England.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Centres > The Landscape Group
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Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2016 12:02
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 11:37
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/56395
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