This is a quick heads up to a post on a blog I love by a chap I have a great deal of regard for. Warren Parry – ‘The Ogley Dirt Farmer’ – is a longstanding friend of the blog, a keen metal detectorist, photographer and investigator of local history.
Warren keeps a fine local blog, and a couple of days ago he posted up an interesting piece about the existence of landscape evidence of ridge and furrow agriculture just off the Pelsall Road near Clayhanger Marsh – just where Stevie Ansell used to keep her horses.
Initially, I was sceptical, but after some ferreting around with the Historical Environment Record, I found that the feature was spotted by the DeBois survey in the late 1980s, and is clearly genuine.
Since then, Barry Carpenter has pointed out there is also evidence of the same at Leighswood, on the Aldridge-Walsall Wood border, just off Northgate.
What I find astounding about this is that the landscape around Clayhanger Marsh was absolutely ravaged by mining for a couple of centuries, and to my knowledge has been fallow ever since. That such evidence of agricultural use remains is nothing short of astounding.
Reader comment is invited, as always – comment or mail me at BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.
Please do pop over to Warren’s blog and check this out. It’s a fascinating piece. My thanks and best wishes to Warren for an interesting and engaging observation.