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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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
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Landscape History
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Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2016 12:02
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