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Pre-Conquest Woodland: Its Distribution and Usage

Della Hooke
The Agricultural History Review
Vol. 37, No. 2 (1989), pp. 113-129
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40274662
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

This study demonstrates the extent of the regeneration of woodland after the Roman period, and employs place-name evidence to identify the territorial linkages between midland woodlands and more southerly estates, which were based upon their significance as pastures. Woodland's importance as a resource was indicated by its deliberate management for timber, fuel, and coppice from the seventh century, in addition to pasturage for pigs and horses. The evidence of Anglo-Saxon charters is cited to reinforce doubts as to the quality of the Domesday record of woodland and its use, and the study cites place-name and other evidence to demonstrate that hunting and the use of woods as game reserves were more important before the eleventh century than has previously been recognized.

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