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the second edition, 

In two volumes. 

VOL. I. 


Piintedibr G. Nicol, Bookfellcr to His Majefty, Pall Mall | 

G, G.and J. Robinso?^, Paiernofter RoW} 

and J. Debrett, Piccadilly. 



Henry C. T^,vlor. 


FROM Norfolk*, I paiTed, in November 
1782, through Lincolnfhire, into YpRK- 
5HIRE : where I fpent fix months : princi* 
pally, in obferving and regiftering its Rural 
Pradlices : a tafk I was the better enabled 
to perform, in fo fhort a time, as piy early 
youth was fpent among theni ; and my ac- 
quaintance, with the prefent Pra(5litioners, 

When I left the County, in May 1783, I 
confidered myfelf pofleiTed of Materials fuf- 
ficient for the purpofe, which I bad at that 
time in view. But, on digeiling my papers 
(after I had feen the Pradlice of Norfolk ^ 
through the Prefs), I found many additions 
wanting, to render my Regifter fit, as a fepa- 
rate Work, for the public eye. I therefore 
paid this Country a fecdnd agricultural vifit, 
in March lafl, (1787;) and have made a 
A 2 farther 

* See the Preface to the Rural Economy of Norfoik, 


farther ftay in it of nine months : during 
which time, I have not only filled up the 
denciencies, I was aware of; but have re- 
ceived a greater influx of frefli information, 
than I had any reafon to expect. 

It was mv intention, when I came into the 
Coont^^ to have made excursions, into 
its feveral Diftricls ; but having found, in the 
immediate enviro;:s of the station, full 
employment for the time appropriated to the 
County, I am under the neceflity of poft* 
poning the intended excurfions. 1 ppftponc 
them, however, with lefs regret; as, in ac- 
quiring a general knowledge of the Rural 
Economy of the Kingdom, the primary 
object is to obtain, with flillnefs and accuracy, 
the widely di^'ering Pracfices of Statio^is, 
chofen in distant Departments. The 
partial excellencies of intermediate Dis- 
tricts, howfoever dcfirable they may be> 
Are objeds of a fecondary nature. 

Pickering, 21 December 1787. 




T O T H E 


THE Surveys that have recently been 
made, under the Diredlion of the 
Board of Agriculture, have precluded 
the neceflity of extending my Examinations, 
in this County. 

I have, however, purpofely refrained from 
profiting by thefe Surveys, in this Edition ; 
as it is my intention to go through the whole 
of the Board's Report?, analytically, and to 
felc6l fuch Notices, and Particulars of Prac- 
tice, as may have efcaped my own Obfer- 
vations, in the feveral Departments of the 
Kingdom. Indeed, it has been my defire, 
in reviling thefe Volumes, to comprefs them, 
rather than to enlarge their bulk, and to 



confine them, as clofely as I could, to my 
QWN Observations on the established 
Practices of this Department. 

For, it may be proper to reinark, that, at 
the time thefe Volumes were written, the 
Completion of my General Defign was in a 
{late of great Uncertainty'. I was therefore 
the more anxious to inftil into them the 
pradical Ideas, whjch a length of CiXperience 
had furnilhed, but which had not been pre- 
vioufly regiftered : and the precarious ftatc 
cf my health, at that time, was another 
motive for m.y wifliing Xo incorporate them 
with the Practice I was then regiftering ; 
more efpecially, perhaps, as it was the Prac-« 
tice of my native Country. But on revifion, 
I have found them, in genera^ fo firmly 
engrafted on the provincial pravflice of the 
Diflridj as not to be feparable from it, with- 
out violence. Some general Obfervations on 
the Extirpation of Weeds, being the chief 
part of the adventitious matter I have been 
abl(^ to fcparr.te, with flricl propriet)'. 



However, in profecuting this deliberate 
Revifal, I have been attentive to improve 
the general Arrangement of the Work^ 
and have made fuch other Corrections 
and Alterations, as Time and increafmg 
JExperience have enabled me to make. 

To each Volume, I have now prefixed an 
analytic TABLfe OF Contents ; as well 
to give the Reader a comprehenfive View of 
the general Subjeft, with its various Diviiions 
and Ramifications, as to lighten, as much as 
poffible, the Labor of Reference. 
London, Stptemier^ i'j()6* 



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\_ THE 


Divided into Natural Diftrids, i. 
Weft Yorkfhire, 2. 

The Weilem Morelands. 

Craven, 3. 

The Manufacturing Diftrifl. 

The Vale of York. 
Eafl Yorklhire. 

Cleveland, 4. 

The Eartern Alorelands. 

The Vale of Pickering, $. 

Note on Nati-ral Districts. 
The Wolds, 6. 

Confidered as a Subjefl of Rural Survey, 7. 

Mines, 8. 
Sea Ports, 
Vol. I. a The 


The Weftcrn Divifion unfit as a Subje6t of 

The Natural and Acquired Advantages ofEafl 
Yorkfhire, 9. 

Variety of SoU and .urface. 
Indullry of iis IriJiauitanu. 
Spirit of ioiprovemenc. 



Introductory View OF this District. 

I. Its Situation defcribed, 10. 
II. Its Extent about 300 fquare Miles, 

III. Its Surface and Soils. 

IV. Its Climature behind its Latitude, 12. 
V, its Rivers and Brooks nnmerous, 13. 

Geological Remark on the Brooks of the Nor- 
thern Margin, N. 13. 
VI. Irdand Navigations, 14. 

An eligible one fuggellcd, 15. , 

VII. The Townfhips of the Vale, 16. 
VIII. The State of Inclofure. 
IX. Prefent Produdions, 27. y 
X. Ornamental Appearance. 


Contents. xi 



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Sect. I. Eitates and Tenures, i8. 
I, Size of EiUtes. 
II. Proprietors, 19. 
III. Tenures, 20. 

The ancient Privilege of Windrake de- 
fcribcd, 2 1 . 

Sect. II. General Management of Eftates, 21. 
Prefatory Remarks. 

Differs widely from the Norfolk PrafHcc 
Inltance of great Indaigence to Tenants. 

Its Effects, 2i. 
Inftance of an immoderate Rife of Rent, 24. 

Its Effed. 
A fair medium Rent is the moft advan* 

ugeous to all Parties, 25. 
Coniidence is the only Tie, between Land- 
lords and Tenants at Wiu. 
Eftates may be rented higiier under Leaie, 

thai at Will, 26. 
Leafes recommended, 27. 
The Management of Eitates is a Matte of 
the higheil Iroporunce in Ci\'ilized 

22 I. Manor 

xii Contents. 

I. Manor Courts, 27. 

Their many Ber\efits to a Country, 2§» 
Their Revival luggefted. 

II. Purchafe of Lands, 29. 

The Value of Lands fluftuate. 

Caufe of Flufluation. 

Principles obfervable in Purchafing and 

Selling Lands, 30. 
The prefent Purchafe Value of Lands in 

the Vale, 31. 

III. Tenancy. 

Moftly at Will, 
Some Church Leafcs. 

IV. Length of Leafes. 
V. Rent of Land, 3I. 

High in Proportion to Quality. 

Reafons afligned for this. 

The Rental Value of Land well underftood 

A Subjeft, in general, too little attended 

to, in the Management of Ellates, 33. 

VL Covenants and Cuftoms of Tenantry, 34. 
Tenants, heretofore, kept up Farms as 

their own. 
But Confidence being lofl, Leafes are be- 
come requifite, and Covenants neccflary. 
Woodlands now taken into Hand. 

VIL Removal of Tenants, 35. 

Time of Removal, in this DiftriA. 
Conditions of Removal. 
General Remarks on the Time of Re- 
moval, 36. 

VIIL Receiving Rents, 38. 
The I ime varies. 
The Manner bimple, 39. 

IX. Forms of Leafes. 

On the Ufe of Collefting the Forms of dif- 
ferent Diftrifti. 

The Head* of a r orm, in ihis DLbift, ana- 
lytically arranged, 40. 


Consents. jdii 

Sect. III. Inclofures, 45. 

Note on Judge Fitzherbert. 
The Frogrefs of Inclofure, in the 1 fland at large. 
Its Progrefs in this Diftrid, 47. 
The Townfhip of Pickering deicribed, 48. 
The fingular Hiftory of its Inclofure, 50. 
The Principles of Inclosure examined, 

Origin of Commons. 

Fitzherbert's Authority. 
The Laying out of Townflilps, 56. 
Each 'I ownfhip was one common Farm. 
The infeparable Alliance of common Paftures 
and common Fields, 57. 
The former necefiarily belonged to the ap- 
propriated £«?/</;, 58, 
Fuel and Fanage, on the contrary, belonged to 

the Habitations, 
The rightful Claim of ancient Houfes, 59. 
Their ufurped Claim oi Prefentation. 

Similar to that of Church Advowfon, 60. 
The prefent Rights of Lands and Houfes. 
A Houfe without Lands. 
Lands without a Houfe. 
The Sites of ancient Houfes, 61, 
TJie Jntereft of dormant Lands. 
The Interefls of Situation confidered. 
The Limits of Right, on unllinted Commons, 
63. . 

The Common Stock, in Proportion to the 

Winter Food. 
Fitzherbert's Authority, 64. 
The Lord's Right on the Pajlurage of Com- 
mons fully confidered, 65. 
The Wood of a Common belongs folely to the 
Lord of the Soil, 68. 
Fitzherbert's Authority. 
Unlefs fet afide by ancient Cuftom, 70. 
Peatbogs and Moory Heaths, their rightful 

Claimants, 71. 
The Rights of Lords of Manors fummed up. 
The Right of Soili feparately confidered, 72. 
RECAriTULATiON of the General Interefls. 
Commonright Lands held with Common- 
right Houfes. 
Commonright Lands held without Com- 
pionright Houfes, 73^. 

a 3 QDminox* 

xiV Contents. 

Comronright Houfes, 74. 

Commonright Sites of Houfes, 75. 

The Lord of the Soil, 76. 
The Pickering In closure Bill exa- 
mined, and its Claufes remarked on, 77. 
The Trial at Law concerning it, 80. 

The Uncertainty of the Law inftanced, 81. 
Th* Knarefborough Bill noticed, 82. 
Gcuw-ral Principles of Inclofure are eflenijally 

neceffarv to he ertabliihed, 83. 
The Sinnington Bill analyzed, and remarked 

or, 84. 
The Middlcron Bill noticed, 90. 
A Gemral Principlh of Inclofure. 
The DiFrERE>T Modes of Inclosure. 

J. Inclofure by Exchanges, 91. 

J. Inclofure by private Commiilion, 92. 

3. Inclofure by Aft of Parliament. 

pofed, 94. 

The Interefls enumerated, 9^. 

The Quantity of Approbation required, 96. 
Concluding Remarks, 97. 

SiCT.rV. Farm Buildings, 98. 

I. Materials. 

I. Stones the chief walling Material. 
3. Pantiles a common Covering, 99, 

Remarks on their Manufafture, ico, 

3. Deal, 101. 

4. Bricks. 

5. Cements. 

Ar.alyfis of the Cements of Pickering 

Caftle, IC3. 
General Observations on Cements 

and their Application, 109. 
An improved Method of Slaking Lijne« 

A Cement yi!l thought of, 115. 

6. Oak. 

II. Farmeries, 116, 

On Fancy Farm Houfes. 

General Principles in Rural Arc hi tec- 


The prevailing FarmYard of this Diilrift, 118. 
Inllance of a Chamber Barn, 1 19. 
Rcmarka en Chamber Barnfloors. 

A Simple 

Contents. xy 

A Simple Plan of a (inall Farmery ofiere^, 


Inftance of a Granary over a Bam Floor, 

Remark on Bam Doors, 124. 
The YorkHiire Barn compared with that 
of M or folk, 135. 

III. Operations in Rural Archite^hire. 
I. Laying on Pantiles, 126. 
z. Copings of Roofs and Gables, 1280 

3. Eaves Gutters, 131. 

4. Water Citterns or Tanks, 132. 
^. Painting Window Leads, 735. 
6. Floors of Cement. 

3scT. V. Drinking Places, 136. 
I. Made Pools, 137. 

The Methods in Ufe, in different Coub^ 

The Yorkfliire Method defcribed. 

1. The Run, or CoUeding Surface, 139. 

2. Forming the Bafonof the Refervoir, 141. 

3. Liming ihe Bed of the Clay, 144. 

4. Claying the Bafon, 146. 

5. Covering the Clay with Hard Materials, 


6. Seafon of Making, 152, 

7. Expcnce of Making, 153. 
Remarks on the Utility of thefe Fools* 

General Obfervations on Covering, 157, 

Pavement recommended, 159. 

11. Made Rills, 162. 

Rife of the Praftice, in Yorklhire, 163, 
The Requifites in planning a Rill, 164. 
The Method of executing it, 165. 
The proper Fall. 

The Lnejnies of Made Rills, 16$. 
The Kill of Kirbvmooriidc. 

The firft Coft. ' 

Its Superin tendance. 
Inttance of Mifcarriage. 

Hints for preventing Mifcarrkges, N, 

HI. Field WelJs, 168. 

a 1^ S^.cp' 

xvi Contents. 

Sect. VI. Roads, i68. 

Their Hiftory, in this Diftria, fltetchcd, 1 6g. 
A Principle in forming Roads, 170. 
Remarks on Repairing, 171. 
Practical Remarks on Forming. 
Further Remarks on Repairing, 176. 
Working Way-Reaves recommended, 177. 
On the w'idth of Roads, 178. 

The Turnpike Bill deficient in this Re- 
Remarks onGraffy Lanes, 179. 
On the Height of Road ITedges. 

Should be adapted to the given Countr)', 

Sect. VII. Shores and Embankments, j8i. 

Definition of the word Shore, N. 181. 
A General Principle, i8i. 
The State of this Diftrid. 

The Weft Marflies an Inflance of proper 

Management, 183. 
The Eaff Marfhes the Reverfe. 
Practical Remarks on Reclaiming 

Fenn V Lands. 
Inflance Lf River Embankment, 187. 
Another Inflance, 189. 
A General Pri NCiPLE,inthe I^Ianage- 

MiNT OF Estates, 190. 

Sect.VIII. Fences, 190. 

I. Gates, 191. 

On the Height of Gat«. 
On Hanging Gates. 

General Jnftruiflions for Hanging 
Gates on Pivots 192. 

II. Fence Walls, 194. 

Remarks on their Eligibility. 

Their Conftruftion, in this Diilrifl, 19^. 

III. Pofls and Rails. 

Uied were as a Temporary Fence. 

IV. Dead Hedges, 196. 

A fuperior Method of Eddering. 

V. Live 

Contents. :^yH 

V. Live Hedges, 197. 

Prefatory Remarks. 

1. Species of Hedgewood, 198, 

2. Planting Hedgewoods, 200. 

With a Ditch. 

On level Ground, 201. 

On forting Hedge Plants, 202.' 

Burying the Plants ! 

3. Defending young Hedges, 204. 

Setting Ridgets of Earth, on the outer 
Brink of the Ditch, 205. 

4. Trainjng young Hedges. 

Guarding, Weeding, and Pruning, 

On Prun -.ig with fingle Stems. 

5. Aftermanagemeht, 207. 

Age of Felling. 

Method of felling, 20S. 

6. Treatment of old Hedges. 

Reclaiming thin Hedges, 209. 

On reverfing the Ditch of old Hunted 

Hedges, 210. 
General Remarks on the Hedges of 

this Diftrift. 
Caufes of their Excellency. 
Their Ages afcertained, and remarked 

on, 211. 
Means to prolong the Duration of 

Tenants have not a permanent In- 

tereft in Hedges, 213. 
A Hayward neceiTary on a large 

EUate, 214. 

Sect. IX. Hedgerow Timber, 215. 

Its EfFeft on Inclofures. 

General Obfervations on this Subje^, 217, 


XviH C O K T E K T S. 





SiCT. I, Natural, Woods, 219. 

PrcfatorA' Remarks on their pafl and prefcnt 
State, in this Dillritl. 

\. Raifing Woods, 220. 
From Sci-'ds. 

Nature's Method, 221. 
from Stools of Fallen Trees. 

The Praftice of thi? Diitrift detailed. 
The Progrefs of Sapling Timberlings, 
Remarks on " Wavers," 224. 
The Succefs cf Raifing Timber Trees, 
from Stools, uncertain. 

II. Selling Woodland Produce, 224. 

1. The Age of Selling, 225. 

2. The Mode of Diipofal, 226. 

Remarks en Sale by Acctiow. 

3. The Method of Valuing 1 im'oer here. 

III. Taking down Wood Timber, 227. 

Method of Cutting. 
Peeling and Drying Bark. 

IV. Fallen Timber, 228. 

Markets and Prices. 

V. Bark of Oak, 229. 
\ I. Carriage of Timber, a30, 

A diftinft Employment, here. 
The Price of Carriage, by the Mile. 
/'.■z Inference drawn, refpeding the 
Propagation of linbcr, 251. 


Contents. xiK 

Sect. II. Plantations, 231. 

The prefent Spirit of Planting noticed. 
The Plantations of the Woids, 232. 

The Beech recommendeJ. 
Inftance of Impruvement, by Planting and 
Draining a Moory Site, 133. 
A Detail of this Improvement, 234. 
The Progrefs of different Foreft Trees, on» 
■ Drained Moory Soil, 235. 
Remarks on the proper Trees for fuch '^ 
Situation, 236. ' 



Sect. I. Farms, 239. 

Sizes of Farms are remarkably fmall. 

General Remarks on this important 
Charafteriflics of Farms, 241. 

Sect. II. Farmers, 242. 

Sect. IE. Workpeople, 1244. 

Sect. IV. Beafts of Labor, 245. 

Their Hiftory in this Diftri(fl. 

Caufcs of the Decline of Oxen, 247. 

Their Eftimation, here, 248. 

Their Comparifon with Horfes. 

Hint on the Breeding of Working Oxen, 25CV 

Method of Working Oxen, here. 

Reflcitigns on the Age of Working, 25 1 . 


JM ' C O N' T E N" T S. 

Sect. V. Implements, 252. 

I. Waggon of the Vale. 

An laiprcvf ment of the Wheel wifher. N. 

G £ N E R A L R E M A K K s on thf propci Width 

beiAcea the Wheels of Carriages, 

Gateways propcfed as a Gauge, 256. 
IT. The Plow of the Vale, 257. 

Ge:.e.>.ai. Remarks od the Conftru£Uon 


III. The Common Sledge, 261. 

IV. The Molding Sledge, 262. 
V. The Winnowing Mill, 264. 

j:s Kifter)' in this Diilrid. 

Sect. VI. TI.e Weather, 267. 

The Barometer ; its real Pretenfions. 
l^ht ieuing oun and oJ*ir Guicies, 26S. 
Progrefs of i^nng, 270. [ 
Remarks on tnc 1 oiiation of the Oak and 

tne Aih. 
Th^ L^ects of an exceCivcly uct Summer 
teilowinga Succeffionofdry ones, 271. 

Sect. VII. The Plan ofManagementofFarms, 272. 

I. The Hiftory of Farm Lands, in the Vaje. 

The Eft'ecl of a Change of Management, 

II. The prefent Objects of the Vale HuT- 
bandry, 275. 

Animal ProduAions. 
Marketable Crops, 
Sabofdinaie Crops, j.76, 

III. The Courfe of Practice, 277. 

Genera! Cbfervations on this Subject. 
It fhou'd ever be guided by exiting Cir- 

cumftances, 278. 
A Part of the Piadice of the Vale cen- 


Contents. xxi 

Sect. VIII. Soils and their Management, 279. 

I. Species of Soil. 

A Variety of Soils ; its Effsfls on Ma- 
nagement, 2S1. 

II. Subfoils. 

Geological Remark, 283. 

III. Reclaiming Rough Grounds, 284. 

1. Sodburning Rough Sward. 

1. Paring and Price. 

2. Method ct" Burning and Price, 


3. Applying the Afhes, 288. 

A NEW Process ftruck out. 

4. Proper Sealon of Sodburning, 


5. Crops which fucceed this Ope- 

raiion, 291. 
The V,"h?at Crop inftaftced. 
1^ General Obsehvations on 


la Ufe on Strong Lands re- 
commended, 293. 

2. Reclaiming Furze Grounds, 294. 

3. Reclaiming Woody Waives, 2g^. 

Piadxical Remarks on Reclaiming 

Por-Est Lands, 296. 
Exemplitied on the Lands of 

Pickering, 298. 
An Inference refpe<Eling the 

Breaking up of old Grafs 

Lands, 300. 

IV. Tillage, 302. 

1. Plowing wi'Ji Reins. 

2. Laying Lands -crofs Slopes, 304. 

The Lit'wCls of this Practice, 305. 

Sect. DC. Manures and their Management, 307. 
1. Afhes of the Moory Karth of Heaths. 
Their Eftiraation, as a' Manure. 

II. Marl of Newton Dale. 

A Produce of Peer. faction. 
The Waterwhichproduces i: defcriBed, 
328. . • 


txii Co 

N T E N T S. 

The Procefs of Nature in producing jtj 

Analyfis of this Produftion, 311. 
Its Application, as a Manure. 
ni. Lime, 312. 

Prefjatory Remarks, on its high Ef- 
• tiraation, as a Manure, here. 

I. The Materials from which it is 

burnt, 313. 

Analyfis of the Pickering Stone. 

Analyfis of the Kirby Stone, 314, 

Analyfis of the Malton Stonc> 

Note on the Rubbifh of Lime 
Analyfis of the Driffield Chalk, 
». The Procefs of Burning Lime de- 
tailed, 317. 

1 . The Conftruction of Limekilns. 

2. The Raifmg and Breaking of 

Stones, 318. 

3. Coals, and their Proportion to 

Stone, 319. 

4. Methods of filling the Kiln, 320. 

5. Mechois of drawing the Lime, 

with Remarks on " draw- 
ing" and' Handing" kilns, 
J. Coft and Prices of Lime, 324. 

Note on ihe Limekilns of Bro* 

4. Applicatior of Lime, 326. 

Its Euefts on different Soils. 


requiiite to afceruin its 
right Application, 327. 
The Crops for which it is ap- 

5. The Methods of Liming, 328. 

A Theory of this Procefs at- 
Different Modes of Preparation. 
An Improvement fuggel\cJ,_)30* 

6. The Time of.preading. 

7. <^antity fei on. 
IV. Dung, 330. 

SxcTr X. Semination, 331. 


Contents. Jtxiii 

SfiCT. XL Weeds and Vermin, 332. 

I. Species of Weeds. 

Catalogue ofCorn Weeds, 333* 

II. Means of Extirpation, 338. 

1. By Fallowing, or Cleaning the Soil. 

2. By Weeding, or Cleaning the Crop, 


III. Vermin, 340. 

1 . Mice, and the Means of deftroying 
♦ them. 

2. Rats, 343. 

3. Dogs, 344. 

Canine Madnefs. 

Sheep worried by Dogs, 3 3 J. 

A 1 AX on Dogs propofed, 347, 

SiCT. XII. Harvell Management, 348. 

L Harvefting with the Sickle, 34.Q, 

The People employed. 

The IVietiiod of Cutting and Bind- 

The Advantages of employing 
Women in the Bufinefs of Reap^ 
ing, 350. 

Setting up sheaves. 

tl. Harvefting with the Si the, 351, 
Different Praftices recited. 

1. Method of Mowing, 352. 

2. Setting up Corn, in Singlets, or 

" Gaits,'' 353. 
Note on the Origin of this Praftice. 
Praftical Direftions in performing 


3. Binding Singlets, 354. 

4. Setting up Mown Corn, in Stooks, 

Remarks on thefe two Operations. 
General Remarks on Harvefting 

Barley <tnd Oats, 357. 
The Comparative /\dvantages of 

Harveiting in Sheaf. 
Apparent Inconvcnicncics. 
P radical Remarks on Mow ing Corn 

for Sheaiinof, 5 co. 



Content i. 

SiCT. XIII. Farmyard Management, 361: 

I. Barn Management. 

1. Binding Straw. 

2. Winnowing, 362. 

PraAical Remarks on Winnowing* 
with the Machine Fan. 

II. Yard Management, 364. 
I. Expenditure of Straw. 
The Advantage of Sheds. 
The Treatment of Cattle in Sheds, 
2. Railing Manure, 366. 

The Straw chiefly paffes through 

the Cattle. 
The improvident Management of 

Dung, in this Country. 
Dung Pits, and- bottoming Dung 
Yards with Mold, i;^commended, 

Sect. XIV. Markets and Paper Money, 369. 

Markets of the Vale. 
Paper Money, 370. 

Its Prevalency in this Country. 
Inftnnce of aCobler turning Banker, 371. 
Refledlions on the Crime of Coining. 
A Crime in which Hie Profperity of the 

Nation is invoKeJ. 
Yet a Crime which is, now, countenanced 
by Governnen:. 

.. SHIR, 

A¥-«4.y.- ify-V/ (\,.^r l^'i, 

CouiVTY of York 



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YORKSHIRE has always been fpoken 
of as the firft Province of thefe king- 
doms. If we confider its fuperior magni- 
tude ; the variety and ftrength of its natural 
features ^ the fertihty of its foils ; and the 
induftry of its inhabitants ; the abundance 
and copioufnefs of its rivers ; the richnefs 
of the views on their banks ; and the wild- 
nefs of thofe which are fouiid among its 
mountains ; — it is well entitled to pre-emi- 

Vol. I. B Viewed 



Viewed as a field of Rural Economy, 
it is divifible into mountain, upland, and 
VALE. The Vale of York, falling gently, 
from the banks of the Tees, down to the 
conflux of the Trent and Humber, is Na- 
ture's grand divifion of the County, into 
East and West Yorkshire. 

WEST YORKSHIRE naturally fubdi- 
vides into mountains, which I fliall term the 
Western Morelands; into Craven, a 
fertile corner cut off from the county of 
Lancafter; and into a various manufac- 
turing District: EASTYORKSHIRE 
into Cleveland; the Eastern More- 
lands; the Vale of Pickering audits 
furrounding banks ; the Wold?; and Hol- 

links of the extenfive chain of mountains, 
which rife with the StafFordiTiire Morelands, 
and continue through Derbylhire, York- 
{hire, Weftmoreland, and Cumberland, with 
but few interruptions, to the Highlands of 
Scotland. Thefe mountains are covered with 
heath : but the vallies, w;iich interfed: them, 
are cultivated. Wenfleydale, the largcfl of 
thefe vallies, is fertile ; and abounds with 
romantic fcener}'. 



CRAVEN is well cultivated, and rich in 
foil, but not uniformly fo ; its furface being 
broken : it is neither a valley, a vale, nor a 
plain ; nor does it fall under the idea of a 
mountainous or an upland country. It is 
frr^all, compared with the other Diftrids of 
Weft Yorkfhire. 

is ftrongly featured. The northern and 
weftern parts of it mix with barren mountains. 
The more fouthern and eaftern limb, — a 
lovely declivity (helving gently into the Vale 
of York — is rich and highly cultivated ; ex- 
cepting the moil fouthern extremity, which 
partakes of the fandy hills of Nottingham- 
fhire ; and excepting the mountains on its 
weftern margin, which affimilate with thofe 
of Dcrbyfhire. 

The VALE OF YORK is various in fer- 
tility. The fens at its bafe,and a heathy plain, 
part of the ancient foreft of Galtres, north- 
eaftward of the city of York, are drawbacks 
from its produdtivenefs. In a general view, 
however, it has not, in this country, its equal. 
The vales of Gloucefter and Eveftiam are 
more fertile, but lefs extenfive. The wide 
flat of country which lies between the hills of 
Surrey and Kent, and the Downs of SuiTex, 

B 2 mav 

4 THE C O U N T V. 

may vie with it in extent, but not in general 
fertility. If we eftimate the Vale of York 
by the number and copioufnefs of its rivers, 
and by the richnefs of its marginal banks, it 
would, perhaps, be ditiicult to equal it, in any 

CLEVELAND is, in general appearance, 
a continuation and appendage of the ^ ale ot 
York ; there being no other natural diviiion 
between them, than what is given by an un- 
perceived elevation of furface. The waters 
of the ^"ale of York fall into the Ouie and 
Humber ; thofe of Cleveland into the Tees ; 
which divides it from the county of Durham. 

as a detached mafs of mountain, broken off 
from the British Alps which have been 
mentioned. The northwefl: limb of this 
fragment is an abrupt broken precipice : — at 
the top, a barren heath : — at the foot, the 
Vale of York, and the fertile plains of Cleve- 
land. From the brink of this giant preci-» 
pice, the Morelands dip gently fouthward 
to the Vale of Pickering ; on whofe verge 
rile, abruptly, a range of thin-foiled limcftone 
heights ; which, in a Cmilar manner, Hielve 
gently into the Vale 3 forming its northern 



The VALE OF PICKERING is a fin- 
gular pafTage of country. A lake left dry by 
nature. A bafon, formed by eminences on 
every fide, fave one narrow outlet of the 
waters, collected with in its area, and upon the 
adjacent hills. Nature, perhaps, never went 
fo near to form a lake, without finilhing the 
defign. A dam of inconfiderable length 
acrofs the Derwent, near Malton, would 
deluge the entire Vale ; and the iirft paiTage 
of the waters would, in all probability, be 
down the fea cliffs, which are its eaflern 

B 3 The 

♦ Neverthelefs, this natural unity, which, as a Piftri(fl, 
is not to be equalled in the Ifland, for entirenefs, regularity, 
and diftindlnefs of outline, has heretofore been nameUfs / 
The principal part of it lies within the Hundreds or 
Weapentake?, of Pickering Lithe and Rydall; 
t)oth of which extend over and include large portions of 
the Eaftern Morelands, — a mountainous barren Country, — 
while a fmall part of it (fouth of the Derwent) lies in the 
eaftern Divifion of the County. In the Treatife oa 
Planting, 5cc. publifhed fome years ago, I named it the 
Vale of Derwent ; but to this there was an objection; as 
the Derwent and the Rye (a branch of the Derwent) are 
common to the Diftrift: befide, it has been the pradlice of 
our anceftors to name fimilar paffages of country, from 
towns which belong to them; as the Vale of Ayles- 
bury, the Vale of Evesham, the Vale of Taun- 
ton, ^c. And waving the privileges of antiquity and 


6 1" H E C O U N T V. 

The WOLDS of York/hire appear as if, 
during fome convulfion of nature, they had 
been fevered (by the fea-Hke Humber and 
its broad rich banks) from thofe of Lincoln- 
shire. In the prefent ftate of things, they 
may be coni:dered as the main link, broken 
off from die chain of chalky hills, which is 
thrown iiTegularly over the more fouthem 
provinces. The Yorklhire Wolds are the 
Downs of Surrey, on a large fcale. They are 
the moft magnificent afiemblagc of chalky 
hills the Illand affords. The features are 
large ; the furface is billo\^'y, but not broken ; 
the fwells refembling Bifcayan waves half 
pacified. The ground in general is peculi^ly 
graceful : JFozd and irater would render it 
moil beautiful. Water is forbidden : but 
wood may be had at will : and it is extra- 
ordinary that the fpirit of planting fhould 
have broken out fo late. Utility, as well as 
ornament, calls loudly for this obvious im- 

HOLDER NESS, towards the Humber, is 
a low flat tradt : the Marlhes of Lincolnihire 


royalty, which attach themfclves to Pickering j it daims, 
by its central fituation, and the extenfivenefs oi its ow;p 
parochial rights to the lands of ths Vale, the diftind^ioa I 
have here affigncd iL (1796.) 


on a reduced fcale. But the more central 
parts are diverfified in furface, and the upper 
margin, which forms the fkirts of the Wold 
hills, is a lovely line of country. On one 
hand a fertile vale, abounding with wood and 
water : on the other, dry airy downs, rifing, 
with an eafy afcent, to the highefl Wold. 

The County considered, as a Subject 
OF Rural Survey. 

In rivers, the County under furvey is 
fingularly well fupplied. The Humber, 
which might well be ftyled the River of 
Rivers, bounds it on the fouth. The Tees 
forms its northern confine. The Don, the 
Air, the Wharf, the Ouse, and the Der- 
went rife in its mountains, and wind through 
its plains. In a commercial light, thefe 
rivers areobje(5ts of the firil magnitude. The 
tide flows into the center of the county. 
Not only Hull, but Torky T^adcafier, Ferry^ 
bridge 2knd Do?jcaJier, may be called inland 
ports.' The Don is rendered navigable, to 
Rotherham, Sheffield ; the Air, to Leed^, Brad- 
ford ; the Calder, tQ Wakefield and to near 
Halifax ; the Oufe, to Burroughbridgc ; the 
Derwent, to Malton -, the Hull, to Drijield, 

B 4 at 


at the foot of the Wolds ; and the Tees, to 
Yarm, on the borders of Cleveland, at the 
head of the Vale of York. 

If, with the natural advantages this county 
poflefles in its rivers, we view thofe which 
are given it by its MINES of coals, alluirii 
iron, lead, copper ; and its MANUFAC- 
TURES of woolens and iron wares j com- 
merce appears to be Angularly indebted to it : 
while to the SEA PORTS of Whitby and 
Scarborough — as nurferies of hardy fea- 
jnen — the nation at large owe much. 

But national policy and commerce make 
no part of the prefent defign ; unlefs whcu 
they are intimately connedied with rural 
ECONOMICS. It therefore remains to view 

the county, aSaSUBJECTof RURAL ECONOMY. 

No country entirely mountainous, nor one 
which is dillurbed by manufa(5ture, can be a 
fit fubjedl of ftudy, for rural knowledge. 
The WESTERN DIVISION of the County falls, 
chiefly, under one or other of th^fe defcrip- 
tions. There are no doubt lands, in W>ll 
Yorkfhire, which are highly cultivated; efpe- 
cially about Doncafter, toward Fe^"r)'bridge \ 
a paiTage worth perufing. 




OF East Yorkshire. 

But if we attend to the eastern divi- 
sion, we fliall find colled:ed, within compre-r 
heniive limits, almoft every defcription of 
country which is interefting in rural affairs. 
A rich, well cultivated plains a group of 
almoft barren mountains, inviting objedls of 
improvernent ; a fertile vale, various in foil 
and cultivation ; with a trad: of chalky 
downs, terminating in a rich marfhland coun- 
try : including grafs land of every clafs, and 
arable land of almoft every dpfcription. It 
is the Ifland in miniature. 

Nor do thefe natural advantages, 
alone, render Eaft Yorkfhire a defirable objeift 
of ftudy: the industry of its inhabi- 
tants makes them peculiarly attentive to 
MINUTIAL matters; while the spirit of 
improvement, which has lately diffufed 
itfelf, among all ranks of men, renders this 
Diftrict fingularly eligible, as a field on which 
to trace the greater outlines of manag::- 



r H £ 



O F 


I. QlTl^-^iTTON. The fituation of this 
k-J diviiion of Eall Yorkfhire has been 
already given. Its outline is feme what 

II. The EXTENT of its larger diameter 
about tliirtyfive miles ; its greatell: width 
about twelve miles : including, in its area, 
and the cultivated lands which hang upon 
its banks, and which as property belongs to 
ir, about three hundred fquare miles, or 
200,000 acres. 

Ilf. SURFACE and SOILS. The area 
of the Vale is extremelv flat ; nearly leve> ; 
but being broken by hillocks, of diltcrent 
magnitudes, irregularly fcattered, — and fonie- 


i Cleveland 

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id its Adjacent Hiljls 

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times by promontories fhooting from the 
marginal banks, — the eye can feldom judge 
either of its flatncfs or its extent. 

Thefe hillocks and headlands are 
invariably fertile ; moftly a fat clay : while 
the bafe on which they il:and is either a rich 
fandy loam -, the comxmon foil of the weft 
end of the Vale ; or; an inferior clay, intcr- 
fperfed with patches of moory foil : the 
prevailing foils of the marilies, and carrs, of 
the Eaftern divilion. 

The MARGINS are varioully foiled. The 
fkirts of the banks are moftly a rich middle 
loam ; dry, yet cool (how eligible for the 
fites of villages !) but generally decreafe in 
quality^ with the rife of the hills which back 
them *. 

The face of the wold hills (which on 
this fide are bold but not broken) termi- 
nates, at the fummit, in a thin chalky loam ; 
—the foil of Epfom and Banftead Downs. 

The range of hills which rife at Malton, 
and fill up the fpace between the Wolds and 
the Heights of Hambledon; which at prefent 
<ire without a name ; but which 1 ftiall terra 


• For the s&BsTRATA of the Vale, fee the Scilion 
SoiLS} and their Makacement. 


the HowARDiAN Hills* ; are lower and 
lefs abrupt; tenninating in a various foil ; co- 
vering a well grounded, well wooded, fine 
fporting country ; —the inferior hills of Kent. 

The NORTHERN MAR G IN rifcs, in gene- 
ral, ftill lefs abruptly ; terminating in a thin 
limelione loam, lying on a chain of height?, 
broken by wooded vaJlies, and backed by 
the moreland hills ; which are interfe<Cted 
by cultivated ** dales," appendages of the 
♦* country" out of which they iifue. 

IV. The CLIMATURE of the Vale Is 
aiove the latitude it lies in (540.). The 
fummer feafons are three weeks, at leaft, be- 
hind thofe of the fouthern provinces. What 
is remarkable, the feafons on the fouthern 
banks, about Malton, lying of courfe with a 
north afpe(ft, are forwarder, by more than a 
week, than thofe of the northern margin, 
which lie full to the fun. The fubllratum 
of both is the fame ; namely, Limeftone 
Kock. The faO, perhaps, may be accounted 
for, by the pile of mountains which rife behind 
the northern banks ; and which, though they 
difcharge rivers of water, ft ill retain at their 


♦ Castle Howard, the mcgnificent refjilence of 
Howard, Earl of Carli^lf, is leatcd among ihcle 

Yorkshire. 13 

bafes a fufficient quantity, to keep their fkirts 
cool through the fummer feafon. 

V. The RIVERS of the Vale are the 
Der WE NT and the Rye; which, by receiving 
the waters of tke Cojiay the Seven, the Dove, 
the Riccal, and other inferior brooks *, is 
more copious than the Derwent, at their 
conflux. The rivers have their rife in the 
moreland mountains, are colledred in the 
dales, and wind through the wooded vallies, 
into the area of the Vale ; through which 
they move, with fluggard pace, to their 
narrow outlet. As a proof of the flatnefs of 
the Vale, the waters of the Rye are fomc 
four or five days, in paffing from Hemfley to 
Malton (about fourteen miles) : and thofe of 
the Derwent, not lefs than a week, in moving 
from Ayton (about fifteen miles) to the 
fame general outlet. It is highly probable, '^ 
that, in a fi:ate of nature, a principal part of 
the Vale was fubjedl to be overflowed. Even 


* A remarkable circumftance attends thcfe brooks ; 
all of which, from the Rye to the Cofta (the Seven in a 
dry fummer not excepted) fink (when at dead water) in the 
vallies between the Limeftone Heights. Some of them 
rife again in the fame vallies in which they fink : others 
difappear entirely. In the time of floods they all occupy 
the channels, which nature has provided for them, on the 
furfaccj and which, in the annexed Sketch, are marked by 
dotted lines. 


now, fince rivers have been cut, and em- 
bankments made, extenfive fields of water are 
ilill to be feen, in times of floods ; not, how- 
ever, through natural necefiity, but for want 
of further exertions of art. By increafing 
embankments, and by remoring obll:rudtions 
natural and artificial *, the rivers, in their 
highefl fwell, might be kept within due 

Derwent is made navigable to Malton ; afid 
might, without extraordinary expence, be 
continued fo to Ayton ; and the Rye and its 
branches might, with little exertion of art, 
be made navigable to Pickering, to near 
Kirkby, and to HemHey. But a fequellered 
vale, without mines or manufactories -[', and 
with two fea ports in its neighbourhood, and 
an inland port on its margin, requires the 
lefs afiiftance from internal water carriage. 
A removal of the orefent obll:ru(ltions of the 
rivers is wanted, here, rather than more arti- 
ficial ones. 1 796* 

* The cararaS-like mill dam acrofs the Der.vent, at 
Old Malton, is a public r.uir.;j.ce which reflects difgrace on 
every man of property in the Vale. It appears as if in- 
tended to finifh what nature has left undone ! 


f Excepting a manufactory of coarfc linen, which pre- 
vails, more or lef>, I believe, through the fevcral diftri^ls 
c»f Eail Yorklhire. 


1796. Since the firfl edition cf this Work 
was publifhed, two fchemes have been fug- 
gefled, and furveys made, by oppoling inte- 
refts, for bringing fca coals into the Vale, by 
means of inland navigation ; the one from 
the port of Whitby, the other from that cf 

The latter is, by far, the molt pfafticable. 
The bafe of the Vale is nearly level, from end 
to end, and the eafi: end of it is not txcti- 
fively elevated above the tide ; and its dif* 
tance, from Scarborough, as appears on the 
map, is inconliderablc. 

This Ihort afcent being furmounted, the 
only difficult)^ would be palled. A canal, of 
feventy or eighty miles in circuit, might be 
run round the Vale, 'u:khout a hck ! and 
without injur}- to the courfes of the natural 

The direction of fuch a -canal would be 
nearly that of the dotted line cf the map 
annexed (though not traced for this purpofe). 
It would of courfe fupply four market towns, 
and upwards of fifty villages, with water car- 
riage : not only of fuel, manures, farm pro- 
duce, and timber; but of palTengers, — on 
the Duke of Bridgwater's plan of ftage boats : 
the cheapell: and moll ealV mode of travelling. 



From the weft end of the Vale, a commu-* 
nication would not be difficult to make, with 
the canal, lately undertaken in the Vale of* 
York ; and thus open an inland communi- 
cation, by water, between Scarborough, York, 
Hull, and the manufacturing dillrid: of Weft 

Should this Ifland continue to profper, half* 
z century longer, there can be little doubt of 
an improvement, fo felfevidcntly great, beu)g 
carried into effeft. 

VII. TOVv'NSHIPS. The feet of the 
marginal fwells are ftudded with towns and 
VILLAGES ; which, in fome parts, are not a 
mile afundcr ; but, in others, are farther dif- 
tant, and lefs regular. 

To thefc marginal townships belong, 
generally, the lands of the Slope, with a 
portion of the area or bottom of the Vale ; 
which, through this reafon, is thinly inlia- 
bited. From the center, weftward, a few 
villages are fcattered ; but from thence, eaft- 
ward, the entire area, one townCiip excepted, 
is included within the townftiips of the mar- 

century ago, the marginal townihips lay, 
perhiips, entirely open ; and there are vef- 



tiges of common fields in the area of the 
Vale. The weft marflies, church property, 
have been longer under inclofure : and the 
central townfliips were probably inclofed, 
long before thofe of the margin ; the foils of 
that part being adapted to grafs ; and while 
the furrounding country lay open, grafs land 
was of fingular value. At prefent, the en- 
tire Vale may be faid to be in a ftate of 
INCLOSURE; a fubje(ft which will be fpoken 
of, fully, in its proper place. 

IX. PRODUCE: wood, grafs, and corn : 
the two latter at prefent intermixt, from the 
center of the area to the fummit of the mar- 
ginal heights. 

X. The wood, though abundant, being 
confined principally to the vallies of the mar- 
gins, does not afford general ORNAMENT ; 
nor even appear to the eye at a diftance. 
On a near view, however, fome of thofe val- 
lies contain great beauties. The fituation of 
Rivaulx, the fite of a dilapidated monaftery, 
would fatisfy the moft craving eye. Were 
the extenfive woodlands, which thefe vallies 
contain, fcattered on the bofoms of the fur- 
rounding hills, the Vale of Pickering would 
be a pafTage of country, as fingular in point 
of beauty, as it is in natural fituation. 




O F 







I. THE LANDS of the Vale are much" 
in the hands of fmall owners. The only 
large eftate, which it contains, lies on its 
Wcftern margin; and this, for magnitude 
and intirenefs, is exceeded by few cftates m 
the kingdom. The towns of Hemfley and 
Kirbymoorfide, with the villages in their 



heighbourhoods, and an immenfe tra6t of 
Moreland, reaching to the verge of Cleve- 
land, are included in the Dun combe eftate. 
The Earl of Salisbury has a confide- 
rable property fcattered acrofs the richer 
part of the Vale, from Sinnington to Brawby: 
and there are fome few other off eftates of 
Noblemen, in different parts of the Diflridt* 

II. The Crown ftill retains, in right of 
the Dutchy of Lancafter, fome property in 
the antient foreft of Pickering; and the 
Archbishop of York has i cbnfiderable 
eftate in the marfhes* 

Sir William St. Quintin Has a good 
property, about his refidence at Scampfton, 
and fome other Gentlemen have refidences 
and property in the Vale. 

But the major part of the lands of the Dif- 
tri<n: are the property, and, in general, are in 
the occupation, of yeomanry ; a circum- 
flance this, which it would be difficult to 
equal in fo large a Diftridl. The townfhip 
of Pickering is a fingular inftance. It con- 
tains about three hundred freeholders, prin- 
cipally occupying their own fmall eftates ; 
many of which have fallen down, by lineal 
defcent, from the original purchafers. No 
great man, nor fcarcely a Country Gentleman, 
C 2 has 


has yet been able to get a footing in the pa- 
rifh ; or, if any one has, the cuftom of por- 
tioning younger fons and daughters, by a 
divifion of lands, has reduced to its original 
atoms the eftate which may have been accu- 
-mulated. At prefent, no man is owner of 
three hundred pounds, a year, landed eftate, 
lying within the townfhip ; although its 
rental, were it rack-rented, would not be lefs 
than fix or feven thoufand pounds. 

III. The prevailing TENURE is free- 
hold ; which, however, is in many cafes 
fubjedted to a fmall free-rent, refer\'ed by 
the Crown, or the feudal lords of which it 
has been originally purchafed. In Pickering, 
which is ftlll held by the Crown as part of the 
Dutchy of Lancailer, the free-rent of the 
townfhip is 28I. 13s. which is received 
annually, by the freeholders in rotation, and 
paid, in part, into the hands of the lefTees of 
the Crown i the remainder, I underfland, to 
the heirs of the late Lord Feverfliam *. 

The COPYHOLD tenure is lefs prevalent, 
here, than in fome other Diftridls : never- 


» Part of the townfhip, it is faid, having been given up 
in difcharge of monies advanced tlic Crown by a citizen of 
London ; who, in parcelling it out, has referved a free-rent 
of 81. 2S. 6d. 


thelefs, it occurs in different parts of the 

The Weft marflies are principally under 
Bishops lease for three lives. 

An antient privilege, founded in con- 
veniency or a degree of necefiity, and efta- 
blifhed in right by long cuftom, ftill remains 
evident in this Diftrid:. This privilege, 
which is here termed a windraket and v^hich, 
probably, heretofore was granted, and may 
ilill be traceable, in different parts of the 
kingdom, gives the occupiers of one parifh 
liberty to drive their cattle, to water, over the 
commons of another, which happen to lie 
between a meffuage, hamlet, or village, and 
a brook or other convenient watering place ; 
with, however, a proVifion, that the cattle fo 
watered fhall not be fuffered to " couch and 
Jayer" on the ground driven over. But this 
original ftipulation having in fome cafes been 
negle^ed to be complied with, the windrake 
has, in time, gro\yn into a right of common- 
age. An inftance, wherein fucha right has 
been eilablifhed, will be mefitioned under the 
article Inci^osures, 




O F 


Prefatory Remarks. 

nagement, here, ditter widely from thole 
which prevail in Norfolk *. Here, tenants 
are in full polleflion of the farms they oc- 
cupy ; which, until of late years, they have 
been led, by indulgent treatment, to confider 
as hereditary poiTeflions ; de (bending from 
father to fon, through fucceffive generations ; 
the infertion of their names in the rent-roll 
having been conlidered as a tenure, almoft as 
permanent and fafe, as that given by a mpre 
formal admiflion in a copyhold court. 

One of the firfl eftates in the Dii'lri*^ af- 
forded, fume years ago, a llriking inllance of 


• See THE Rural Economy of Norfolk. 


this indulgent treatment. In the early days 
.of its late poiTeflbr, the tenants were not only 
iuffered to bequeath their farms, to their re- 
fpeillive relations, but to fell xho. " good-will" 
of them, to Grangers . 

The effecfts of this, perhaps, unprecedented 
indulgence were thefe : the happinefs of 
thoufands.of individuals ^ — a refpedtability of 
character of the fource of fo much benevo- 
lence ; ^ retardation of improvements in 
hufbaijdry; and, confequently, a lofs of pro-' 
duce to the prefent community ; this being] 
one of the few inftances I have met wifh, in] 
.which a l ownefs of rent has opefated as ^\ 
raufe of indolence jn the renter. 

In the later part of life, this benevolent 
characSler, perceiving perhaps the evil efFe<fl 
of too great indulgence, or aOiuated by other 
motives, increafad his rent roll fome ^o per 
cent, j^ut ftill he preferyed his refpe(5lability : 
for his farms were ftill moderately rented. 

The prefent pofl'eflbr has repeated the ad- 
vance J but whether with equal propriety and 
jCqual credit, is a matter not necellary to be 
difcuffed in this place. 

A iimilar condudt has been purfued, on 

another confiderable eftate in the Vale, and 

with fimilar effcd^s. The firil rife was mo*?- 

C 4 derate. 


derate, and made with judgment ; the lafl ill 
judged and immoderate ; intailing years of 
wretchednefs on numbers, who had hitherto 
partaken of the common comforts of life *. 

Thefe, and other inftances which have fal- 
len within my knowledge, are fufficient 
evidences of the folly of deranging an eflate, 
by exceffive rents. Heretofore, the tenants 
on the eftates above noticed, not only kept up 
cxiilingeredtions, in proper repair, but rene^ived 
with fubftantial buildings i and made other 
improvements upon their refpedtive farms, 
with the fpirit of owners ; conlidering them, 
in every refpcd:, as their own eftates j under 
a confidence that no advantage v/ould be ta-^ 
ken of fuch improvements ; but that they 
would remain with themfelves, and defcend 
to their families. — Now, necefiary repairs 
are neglecfted, buildings fuffered to diminiih, 
and improvements in hufbandry laid afide ; 
one rife has not been thought fufficient, and 
tvyo may be thought too few. It is faid, 


• 1796. Forturutely for tbcfe tenants, though unfor- 
tunately for their Country, the rapid increafe of paper money, 
and the confequent increafe of the prices of farm produce, 
has fa\'cd them from that extreme of poverty, whid^ 
threatened them, at the time the above pafLagc was written. 


and I am afraid with truth, that the common, 
good management of laying down lands with 
grafs feeds has been difpenfed with, ** for fear 
^' the field fhould look green, and the rent 
f- of the farm be raifed" ! 

Let this be as jt may, it is abundantly evi-r 
dent, that both extremes, in the rate of rent, 
are prejudicial to an eftate ; and that in fix- 
ing a rental, as in all other human affairs, 
there is a HAPPY MEDIUM, which, though 
often difficult to find, always deferves to be 
feduloufly fought. No attention ought to 
be fpared, in endeavouring to afcertain the 
FAIR MEDIUxM VALUE of an eilate to 
be raifed j for on this, only, the advance can 
be adjufted with propriety. 

It is evidently a want of policy, in the 
manager of an ell:ate, to do any adl which 
forfeits the confidence of tenants at 
WILL. For, in this cafe, confidence is the 
only tie between landlord and tenant ; and 
if a rife of rent be necefl'ary, it fliould be 
made with judgment and moderation, and at 
one advance ; that the necefiary confidence 
may not be {haken, and the eftate thereby 
rendered liable — to the wajte of tenants at ivill, 
drhen to defpair. 



With a LESSEE, the cafe is ditterent : the 

Jeafe is, in this cale, the tie : the mainte- 

iiancc of buildings, the ufage of lands, and 

the term of occupation, are iixt ; and tlie 

refponfibility of the tenant may, in this cafe, 

apoloo-ize for an exceflive rent, though it 

will not always -be found a guard againft its 

evil efuct^. However, it may be fairly inr 

i ferred, that an e{late can, with propriety, be 

i rented higher under leafc, than at will : and 

I further, that LEASES, OR a firm reliance 


It is not my intention to draw general iur 
ferences, unlefs they refult aptly from f;i<5ts 
under cbfervation ; and unkfs they tend 
to what appears to be an .obvious improve- 
ment, in the general management of the 
Diftria under furvey. Nor is it my intentiop 
to ^i^.*aif, or even to recoir.mjnd, unlefs when 
fuch improvements prefent themfelyes to my 
mind, in flrong colours. 

It appears, evidently, that, on the larger 
elites of this Diftric^, the tenants (entirely at 
will) have loil much of the confidence, whicl;i 
ou'rht to fjbfift between landlord and tenant j 



and it flrikes me, clearly, that it would be 
good management, on fuch eftates, to grant 
leafes, on the larger farms, and fix the fmalier 
ones at fuch rents, and under fuch aflurances, 
as will reftore fpirit and peace of mind to 
their occupiers. 

The management of a landed eflate is not 
a light matter; the profperity and happinels 
of the country it lies in, arc nearly conneCtc^d 
with it. And no other apology, I flatter 
myfelf, will be required for publifliing the 
foregoing fadls and refleflions ; or for ven- 
turing to recommend an innovation, which 
prudent management might have rendered 

The particular departments of manage- 
rnent which require to be fpoken to, under 
this head, are, 

1 . Manor Courts. , 6. Covenants, 

2. The Purchafe of Lands. 7. Removals. 

3. Tenancy. 8. Receiving. 

4. Length of Term. 9. Heads of Leafe. 

5. Rent. 

L MANOR COURTS. Thefe antient 
fources of the law of villagers are ftill pretty 
generally kept open ; even in manors where 
neither copyhold nor free-rent tenants re- 
main J and where, of courfe, their legality is 



iiifputable. Neverthelefs, they have flill their 
uies : the cleanlirjg of rivulets and common 
fewers,— the repair of roads to grounds, — 
the fufiiciency of ring fences, — and the^lli-r 
mation of daiviages by impounded cattle, — 
the llocking of com.mons, and the removal 
cf public nuifances, — are matters which fre- 
quently require the interpofition of a juryj 
who, in places where they are ilill impanel- 
led, are confidered, not only as judges of the 
-general welfare of the manor, but are fre- 
quently called in, as arbiters of private dif^ 
ferences : and who are fo fit to fettle village 
difputes, as a jury of neighbours, who have 
perfonal knowledge of the parties, and the 
fubiect matter in difpute ? 

In a manor, where the lord has no interefl 
in the well ordering of the lands and the in- 
habitants it contains, it might feem unrea- 
fonable to oblige him to maintain a court, at 
his own expence; but if fines for non-ap- 
• pearance, and amtrciaipents for deiaults, 
could be legally recovered, the extra charge, 
if any, would be fmall, and might be borne 
by the county. And tliere appears to be no 
folid objeaion to a regulation, which would 
in the end be productive of public as well 
ac p-ivate o-ood : for whatever tends to the 
"^ ad^ 


advancement of cultivation and the well or- 
dering of fociety, contributes to the virtue 
and profperity of a Nation. 

the multiplicity of fmall eftate?, in this Dif- 
trid, frequent transfers of property take 
place ; a market for land is always open, and 
the fair market price pretty accurately un- 
derllood; confequently, the fluctuating 
VALUE OF LAND may here be obferved. With 

Some years ago, the price was extremely 
high ; forty or fifty years purchafe, upon a 
very high rent : lands not worth fifteen fhil- 
lino-s an acre rent were fold for forty pounds 
purchafe. This, however, was not uniform, 
through the Diflria : for, at the time thofe 
extravagant prices were given, in one part of 
the Vale, lands, of twice the rental value to a 
farmer, were fold. In other parts of it, at ex - 
adlly the fame rate ; though the diflance 
between them is only a few miles ; and In 
the fame Diftridt, fimilar land is not, now, 
worth thirty pounds. 

The caufe of this difparlty Is a proper 
fubjedt of inveftigation. The fituation in 
one cafe is dry, with good roads ; in the other 
low, and the roads deep and miry, ^hat 



is chiefly inr the hands of TmaH owners — moft 
of them monied men, and anxious' to increafe 
their pojfejjlojis : this principally in the oc- 
cupation of tenants. In that the rage of 
pofl'eflion Iiad broken loofe, and ideal values 
had in confequence been fixed to the lands 
on fale ; while the lands of tins were out of 
fafiion, and of courfe negle(^ed. A move- 
able commodity may be carried to the befl 
market ; but land can only be fold at wlrat 
is cfteemed the fair market price, in the place 
it happens to lie in. 

Hence it feems to follow, that a perfon 
who wilhcs to purchafe, at a cheap market, 
without regard to locality, iliould look for a 
neglected Diilricft, and endeavour to avoid the 
neighbourhood of fmali owners, and that in- 
ordinate lurt: of polTeiTion, which is evidently 
epidemical, but not continual. 

On the contrary, one ^vho wants to fell 
fhculd wait, if he can, until a dear time 
offer itfelf i or otherwife accept, perhaps to 
a difadvantage, the fajhionahle price of the 

Thefe inferences, however, are more 
flridlly applicable to fm?.ll than to large pur- 



The prefent medial price of land, in this 
Diflricfl, is about thirty years purchafe, upon /• 
a fair rental value; but varies^ much with 
the circumflances it happens to be under. 

III. TENANCY. Upon moil of the 
larger efl:ates„ leases are unkuQ\yn ; the 
farms have been let at will, and held as 
hereditary polTcliions, through faccefUve ge- ' 
Derations. Bat i: has been already obferved^ j 
that the balls, on which this fpecies of tenancy | 
formerly reiTed, has of late years been fapped,! 
and is no longer fufficiently fecure, either' 
for landlord or tenant. 

In the marlhes, in which the Archbishop 
of York has confiderable property, leases 
FOR LIVES is the ordinary tenancy; and 
there, it is obfervable, rapid improvements ini 
hufbandr}^ have been made. The farms are 
of a good lize ; and in the hands of men of 
property and fpirit ; — ranking, in every ref- 
iptOif with the fuperior clals of yeomanry. 
See Farms. 

being the fa(ftitious manure of the Diflri<^; 
and upon old-inclofed land, the principal 
means of improvement ; it may feem that 
a Ihort term would be here fufficient. But 
if it be confidered that the nature of much 



of the land, and the etlablidied pradice and 
prcxiuce of the country, require an altemacy 
of corn and pai^ure, fourteen years is a rea- 
' fonable term : if the price of labor and 
produce could be foreknown, twentvone 
years would, for the tenant, the eilate, and 
the communit^^ be more eli'^iblc. 

V. RENT. Extremely high. In mo(t 
parts of the Vale, much higher than even in 
Norfolk. There are lands under the ordi- 
nary courfe of hulhandry let, to farmers, at 
thirty to forty {hillings an acre. In many 
parts of the kingdom the fame lands would 
not let for two thirds of the price. 

Thcfe circumftances imply a goodnefs of 
rland, and a fuperiority of management, — or 
improvidence on the part of the renter. The 
three may be concerned. The land is good, 
and the management, in one particular, ex- 
cellent ; and it is allowed, tliat to this piece 
of management is principally owing the pre- 
fent high rate of rent. 

Formerly, it was the univerfal pra<fUce to 
plow with four oxen and two horfes, toge- 
ther with a plowman and one or two aflift- 
ants. This extravagant plowteam is now 
univerially reduced to two horfes and a plow- 
maa. It is at k'all remarked, by men of 



bbfervation and judgment, that, without this 
faving in the mode of tillage, the prefent 
renXs could not be borne. 

It mufl be obfervedj however, that the 
lands, let at the above extravagant rents, lie 
in eligible fituatibnS, and are kt in fmall 
parcels. The larger farms lie, in general, 
in lefs eligible fituations ; and there are 
few, if any> fo high as twenty fhillings art 

To fpeak of the medium rent df the Dif- 
trid: would be Vague ; the rate of rent is, of 
ought to be, proportioned to the quality of 
foils 5 and lands worth from a pound to a 
penny an acre may^ probably, be found on 
the {ziTLe farm. 

This variation of foil enables tl^ obfervant 
cultivator to make accurate diflindions, in 
the expence of management and produce j 
andjConfequently, in the rental values of lands 
of different qualities : and this may account, 
in fome meafure, for the extraordinary efti- 
mation in which good land is held in the 

This diftin6tion isy in general, too little at- 
tended to, upon large eftates ; the number of 
acres being, generally, too much regarded, 
and the quality of the foil too little. Maps 

Vol. I. D are 


are convenient inAruments in the hands o( 
managers of eftates ; hut unlefs they fhew, 
with fufticient accuracy, the quality ^r^fitu^ 
atiofif a? well as the quantity of the land 
they reprefent, they become dangerous 
guides in fixing a rental : an accurate valu- 
ation is much more elHmable than a hand- 
fome map. The art of funxying may be 
learnt in a fchool ; but the judgment requi- 
fite in the valuation of lands can only be 
obtained, by great experience in the field, 
and by fome confiderable fhare of knowledge. 
of the particular kind of land to be valued. 

VI. COVENANTS. Under the old 
tenancv, repairs wQzt done, and new ere<^ions 
made, entirely by the tenants, landlord allow- 
ing timber ; and, on fome extraordinary 
occafions, a fum certain towards the work- 
manfhip and the other materials. 

Gates and heiiges were entirely under the 
management of the tenant i landlord allow- 
ing timber for the gates and dead fences, as 
well as for implements^ ufed upon the farm ; 
alfo hedging fhiiF and brufhwood, for /m^/. 

The management of the land, too, was left 
to the tenant, who plowed and cropt it, in the 
fame manner as he would in all probability 
have done, had it been his own eilate. 



While the neceffary confidence on the part 
of the tenants remained, thefe principles of 
management were abundantly fufficient. The 
tenants took care of the eftate as their own ; 
the landlord's only care being directed to the 
annual receipt of the rent. But finding the 
tenants alarmed, and feme of them no doubt 
dilTatisfied, with the recent additions of rent, 
it was thought prudent to introduce new re- 
gulations, refpedling timber and the manage- 
ment of lands. Woodlands have been in* 
clofed, and woodwards appointed. The 
plow has been reftrained, and particular crops 

VII. REMOVALS. The time of the 
removal of tenants, here, is invariably Old 
Lady day. 

By the cuftom of this country, tenants at 
will are allowed to clear the premifes, pre- 
vious to the day of removal, of hay, Jiraiv, 
and manure ! quitting the farm, on that day> 
and leaving it entirely naked of every thing, 
except the icheat on the ground ; which, at 
harveft, he reaps and carries off'! paying only 
for the " on-fland," or rent of the land which 
the wheat has occupied *. 

D 2 For-^ 

* Barley fown before Ladyday, on fallow^ is alfo the 
tenant's, paying the incoming tenant fw Jhc on-ftand«ftly. 


Fortunately, however, for all parties con- 
cerned, removals have, until very lately, been 
little pradiifed in the Vale : for a worfe time, 
or a worfe mode, could fcarcely be devifed. 
Old Ladyday is the middle of fpring feed- 
time ; — Aock are ftill in the houfe ; — the hay 
and ilraw partly eaten, and in part to eat ;— 
and, at that time of the year, the roads, having 
been foakcd and cut up, during winter, and 
iliffened by the winds of March, are in their 
very word flate. Thefe are difadvantages 
to the out^oin^ tenant. The inconveniencies 
of an incoming tenant entering upon a farm, 
deftitute of manure, and materials to raife it 
from, need not be enumerated. 

In Cleveland, the time of removal is 
much more judicious. The incoming tenant 
takes poireilion of the arable land at Candle- 
mas, — of the pal^ure grounds at Ladyday, 
and of the mowing grounds at Mayday ; — 
when the outgoing tenant quits every thing 
but the wheat. 

Thefe regulations are adm.irablv adapted to 
REMOVALS IN SPRING, and render them 
more eligible, in many refpevfts, than Mi- 
chaelmas REMOVALS; even when tem- 
pered with the Norfolk, regulations *. 

• See NoRF. Ecos. Art. Fokm of Lease. 


Old Michaelmas throws wheat feedtime too 
backward, and the unthralhed corn incurs a 
long and frequently tedious connexion, be- 
tween outgoing- and incoming tenant : be- 
fides, the hay, the turneps, the feedage of 
leys broken up, and of young clover after 
harvefl, make a long account between them : 
whereas, in Cle\eland, the wheat on the 
ground, and perhaps a little remaining hay, 
are the only things to be valued (or re- 
moved), and the remaining wheat in the barn 
(if any) the only thing the outgoing tenant 
leaves behind him. If the barns be cleared 
by Mayday, which in general they may be 
without impropriety, the connexion between 
the outgoing and the incoming tenant (or 
landlord) diffclxes, entirely, on the dav cf 
removal ; which, namely Cld Mayday, is 
an eligible feafon, and a leifure time of the 

The chief inconveniency, attending this 
mode of removal, is that of the incoming 
tenant (refiding, perhaps, at a dillance) put- 
ting in the fpring crops. But there is no day 
in the year, on which this difagreeable bufi- 
nefs can be done, without inconveniency to 
all parties -, and all that can be done is, to 
£nd out fuch days, and fix upon fuch regu- 

D 3 lationSjk 


lations, as will reduce the inconveniency 
within the narroweft bounds poffible. 

From the obfervations I have hitherto 
made. New Michaelmas with the Norfolk 
regulations, and Old Mayday with thofe of 
Cleveland, appear to be the mofl eligible 
feaibns of removal. 

VIII. RECEIVING. The time of re- 
ceiving varies on different eftates. On one. 
Candlemas for the Michaelmas rents, and 
Midfummer for thofe of Ladyday, are the 
eilablifhed times ; and were they adhered to, 
better days, for the purpofc, need not be 
chofen ; though in ftricl propriety the iirfl: of 
March and the firfl of June might be flill 
better *. But to fuit the conveniencies or 
the caprice of the receiver, the ordinary 
times are feldom adhered to, the tenants be- 
ing left in a Aate of uncertainty, as to the 
time of receipt ; notices being fom^etimes 
given and countermanded, repeatedly : a flate 
of embarraffment this, to the tenants, which 
implies unpardonable management. On a 
large eftate, the days of audit fhould be as 
fixt and invariable, as the days of entrance 
and removal ; and nothing but extraordi-» 
nary circumflances can warrant a deviation. 

• Sec NoRF. EcoN. MiN. 47. 


Upon another eftate, ftiil more confiderable 
than that above alluded to, the pradice is to 
receive a few days after the rents become due ; 
namely, about Lady day and Michaelmas, 
Worfe feafons would be difficult to fix upon. 

With relpe<fl to the mode of receiving, it 
is here reduced to the loweft degree of fim- 
plicity. The tenants not only repair and 
fence, but pay the land-tax of their refpec-. 
tive farms, which they rent at a fum certain, 
fubjedt to no dedudion ; confequently, there 
are no accounts to be fettled, nor any voucher 
to be examined. 

IX. FORMS OF LEASES. It has been 
obferved, that the leafe is a fpecies of tenancy 
uncommon in this Diilri(Ct : I know but of 
one eftate on which it has been adopted ; an 
off eftate in the family of a Scotch noble- 
man. This eftate is, I believe, principally 
under leafes of fourteen years. 

The form is not altogether excellent ; 
but in fome refpefts it is lingular ; and in 
others judicious. It exhibits the outline of 
management of that particular eftate, and 
gives fome idea of the Rural Economy of 
the Diftridt. There are claufes in it which 
many good tenants would object to -, but 
there are others which are well adapted to 

D 4 the 


the prefervation of the cftate, without ap- 
pearing to be oppreijvc or dilgraceful to the 

Leafes are annually becoming more and 
more neceflary ; and it is my intention to 
adduce the forms of thofe of difterent Dif- 
tri^. The formation of a leafe requires 
great circumfpedion. A collecflion of di- 
gefted claufes will facilitate the taik of draw- 
ing a new form, or improving an old one ; 
and will at the fame time produce, with the 
moft fubftantial materials, a compendium of 
the general Management of Ellates, in dif- 
ferent parts of the kingdom. 

Landlord agrees to let; — certain fpe- 

/cified premifes ; — from Ladyday; — for a rent 

agreed upon ; — during fourteen years, ** and 

thence from year to year fo long as (both 

parties) fhall pleafe." 

Also, to put the buildings in tenan tabic 

Landlord reserves all mines, quarries, 
and royalties i timbers, and timber-like trees, 
fpires and other trees j — with power to fcarch 
for, cut down, and carry away, at feafonable 
times ; together with full power of fporting, 
&c. &c. (Tenant being allowed fuch damages 



as two Indifterent perfons " of equal degree '' 
{hall determine.) 

Also a power to enter upon the premifes, 
from time to time, to view the repairs, and 
the condition thereof. 

Tenant agrees to take ; — and to pay, 
without deduv5lion (except the land tax) half- 
yearly ; namely, at Michaelmas, and Lady- 
day (or within twenty days, demand being 
duly made), under forfeiture of the leafe. 

Also, to pay fuch afTelfments, and to per- 
form fuch fervices, duties, and culloms, as 
*re or lliall be incumbent on the premifes. 

Also, to perform the cuilomary leadings, 
or boondavs, obferved at the lord's principal 
manfion ; also ** all other fuits, fervices, 
" duties, and cuiloms of any kind, which 
*' now are or Ihali at any tim.e, during this 
" demife, be taxed, charged, or impofed !" 

Also, to obferve all rules, orders, and 
bylaws of the courts leet and baron of the 

Also, not to let, nor fjffer any peribn 
whomfoever to occupy, the whole or any 
part of the premifes, " other than him 
** the faid (tenant) his executors or admini- 
*t flrators, their or his wife or children ; — or 
'* a cow-gait to a cottager, holding under 

*' the 


"the lord;" — without fpecial licence ia 

Also, to keep the buildings, fences, and 
watercourfes in good repair ; and to fcour, 
yearly, fuch ditches and watercourfes as 
landlord lliall direct : provided the part fo 
fet out do not exceed one lixth of the whole. 

Also, not to cut down, (hred, top, or lop 
timber or other tree* ; but to defend, froin 
cattle, all trees and hedges. 

Also, not to burn fern, nor furze, for afhes 
for fale, without confent. 

Also, not to fow rape, hemp, nax, woad, 
weld, madder, or hops ; nor more than a 
fpecified quantity of potatoes, without leave. 

Also, to hoe, properly, all lands fowa 
with turnep feed, and *' to drefs and weed 
** them according to good hufbandry," — 
under the penalty of i os. an acre. 

Also, to fpend on the premifcs all tlie 
grafs, hay, and lira w grown thereon. 

Also, not to fell nor carry oft dung, or 
other manure. 

Also, not to ftock the premifes with 

Also, not to futter pigs to go loofe with- 
out being rung. But in all things to ufe the 
premil'es in a hufband-like manner. 



Also, to refort with his corn, grain, and 
grin to his lord's mill. 

Also, to employ fuch mole-catchers, and 
vermin-killers, as landlord fhall appoint q^ 

Also, not to obfbru^ workmen, nor game- 
keepers, 6cc. &c. 

Also, not to fport, nor keep fporting dogs, 
&c. &c. without leave in writing. 

Also, in the lajl year, not to fow more 
than one fourth of the arable land with 

Also, in the laji year t to fufFer the oncoming 
tenant to enter, after MicJiaelmas, to fcale 
and drefs the grafs lands, — and to plow the 
arable for fallow, or for crops, — and to fow 
and harrow, — without hindrance. 

Also, at the determination of the demife, 
** whether by furrender, forfeiture, or other- 
** wife," to leave the laft year's inanure^ilraw, 
dung, and compofl. 

Also, to leave, m tenantable repair, and 
without wafte or fpoil, all the houles, build- 
ings, fences, ditches, and banks; and to 
difcharge all taxes, and other outgoings due 
from the premifes. 

Tenant binds himself, 5cc. in a fpe- 



cified fum for the due performance of the 
feveral covenants. 

Tenant to be allowed [by au\irJ of 
arbitrators) for the wheat of the lall: yesr :— 
to be valued in Auguil: or September, before 
it be cut: — deducting, from the eilimate 
value, the rent of the land it may grow on, 
agreeably to a fpecified valuation. 

Also, for the turnep fallow of the lall: 

Also, for the hay and ilraw left uncon- 
f^jmed. And for the manure of the lall year; 
TOG^THEi; WITH the ufe of fuch land as 
landlord fhall appoint, for the confumption 
of hay and ftraw, after the expiration of tht 
termy until Mayday, 

Also, during the tertrij, to be allowed lime- 
ftone for the ufe of the farm ; fuch lime- 
ftone being raifed by the landlord, tenant 
paying fourpence, a waggon load, fpr raifing 

Mutually agree that all unprovided- 
fpr difputes ihall be fettled by arbitration. 




THERE has, no doubt, been a time (and 
not perhaps many centuries pail) when the 
entire country lay open ; when common 
fields, common meadows, common paftares, 
open woods, and exteniive forells and walles, 
were the only divifion of lands, in this 
kingdom. Even the demefne lands of the 
feudal lords appear to have, once, lain open 
with the lands of their tenants. 

FiTZHERBERT, who wrote about two 
hundred and fifty years ago *, fpeaking of the 


* Akthony FiTZHERBERT was Judge of the Court 
of Common Pleas, in the reign of Henry VIII. Befide 
his h'citu>a Brevium^ Juftice of Peace, and other works 
in the law, he left two on Rural Economy — the Boke 
OF Husbandry and the Boke of Surveying ;— 
the firft trcatifes, probably, which were v/rltten on the 
fubje(5t, in the Englifh language ; and the beft that were 
written, for more than a century afterward. There has 
been fome doubt about whether thefe two treatifes were 
really written by Judge Fitzherbert ; but I flatter mj- 
fclf I fhall, in its proper place, be able to adduce fufjicient 
evidence of" their being his produdJons* 


herbage of town/hips, fays, " by that Is to be 
** underllood the common pafture of the 
** town whereupon the lierdman keepeth the 
** tenant's cattle ; for it may be fo good that 
" the tenants need not to have any feveral 
** pafture" [hnporting in this place ftinted 
pailure] ; ** but that their common pafture 
** fhould be able to find all their cattle, both 
** horfes, mares, hearts, and fheep : and fo 
" it was of eld time, that all the lands, mea- 
*' dows, and paftures lay open and unclofed. 
" And then was their tenements much better 
** and cheaper than they be now j for the 
" moft part of the lords have enclofed their 
" demefne lands and meadows, and keep 
*' them in fevetalty; fo that their tenants 
" have no common with them therein." In 
this ilate the cultivated lands of the kingtlom 
appear to have lain, in Fitzherbert's day. 
For in his lafl chapter, the fubjedl of which 
is, " How to make a townihip that is worth 
" twenty marks a-year worth twenty pounds 
" a-year," he recommends incloiure; — not 
as a known improvement to be perfevered in, 
but as a fcheme eligible to be adopted. 

In the prefcnt century, more efpecially 
within the lafl fifty years, inclofure has made 
a. rapid progrefs j and its effcifls have in 



general, I believe, been equal to thole fore- 
feen by Fitzherbert, The garden is the 
higheft ftatc of cultivation 5 open fields and 
common paftures the loweft ; feparate in- 
clofares a middle ftate, which feems to be 
well adapted to the prefent population of this 

Let this be as it may, the fpirit of inclofure 
continues to be fuch, that, in half a century 
more, an open field, or an undivided common 
may be rare, and the remembrance of them 
will of courfe foon wear away. This is there- 
fore the proper time to regiller interefting 
fadts, relative to the fubjec^, and this Diflri<ft 
the proper place for adducing them. 

In my own remembrance, more than half 
the Vale under obfervation lay open : now, 
fcarcely an open field, or an undivided com- 
mon, remains. Befides, the largeil: parifh in 
the Vale — one of the moft extenfive pariihes 
in the kingdom — is now under inclofure j 
and the circumftances attending it are fuch, as 
have feldom occurred : a fuitable opportunity, 
this, for endeavouring to afcertain juft ideas 
of a fubjecft, which, though it has of late 
years been much agitated, appears to be, even 
yet, imperfedtly underftood. 

\Ti the beginning of the prefent century, 



the immediate townlhip of Pickkring re- 
mained in its ancient uninclofed llate. 

Having been thought too large to be kid 
out conveniently as one townfliip, it had been 
judiciouily fplit into two divifions, by a 
natural line, a confidcrable brook, which 
runs through it. 

On each Tide of the brook lay a fuite of 
COMMON FIELDS; three in number; for 
the unvarying round of wheat, 6cc. bean?;, 
&c. fallow. Thefe common fields were ref- 
pedlively divided into oxgangs, evenly fcattered 
over every field ; fo that each occupier might 
have an equal or fimilar fhare of good and 
bad, near and diilant land ; the houfes being 
in this, as in every other common-field town- 
fhip, placed in the /cicv/. Each field con- 
fided of twenty two oxgangs ; each of which, 
on one fide of the townfliip, contained twenty 
four acres — on the other, twelve acres : con- 
fequently the fix fields contained 2376 acres. 

Each divifion had likewife its common 


Other poi-tions of the townfliip were laid 
out in STINTED PASTURES, wholly ap' 
pendant to the common-field lands ; each 
oxgang of which having a right to a limited 
number of gaits, for coii's and working oxen. 



The remainder of the townfliip, contain- 
ing many thoufand acres, was common. 

During tliis century, the common fields 
and common meadows have been gradually 
contradling, by amicable exchanges and tranf- 
fers, and are, now, in a m.anner wholly in- 
cloled. The ftinted paftures have, at dif- 
ferent times, been inclofed " by cdmmijjion ^" 
namely, by the unanimous reference of the 
parties concerned, to certain arbitrators or 
commillioners, appointed by themfelves ; 
without calling in the aid of parliament. 
The commons are now under inclofure, pur- 
faant to a bill procured for that purpofe. 

This bill, and the circumftances attending 
the procurement of it, afford a llriking 
pi<!^ure of modern inclofures by a<ft of par- 

The lands to be appropriated, in this cafe> 
confided of 3,700 acres of culturable foil, 
valued (by the commifiion under the inclo- 
fure) at 3s. to 50s. an acre rent ; and of a 
fl-ill greater quantity of heathy barren land, 
reaching to the center of the moreknds, 
valued (by the fame) from below 3s. down 
to 3d. an acre. The quantity of oxgang or 
common-field land (as above afcertained) 
2 376 acres ; and the number of ancient ccm- 
VoL . I. E mon- 


mon-right houfes, or lites of fuch houfeS, 
two hundred and fixty. 

To thofe 2376 acres *, and thefe 260 
houles or fites, the commons belonged ; but 
in what proportion had not, for ages perhaps, 
been clearly underllood. Within memory, 
it feems, an attempt was made to llint them ; 
but the regulation lafted only one year. Be- 
fore and fmce that time, they have been, in 
the flrid:eft fenfe of the word, unjlinted c'om^ 
monsj for all kinds of commonable ftock ; 
excepting sheep and working oxen ; 
which la 11 were, by the hy-laivs of the toivn- 
f-fp> confined to the {tinted paftures, and the 
upland commons ; and the former, to the 
upland commons only. 

It may be taken for granted, that the firll 
mover to an inclolure is private mtereft, ra- 
ther than public fpirit. In the cafe of 
Pickering, the land owners, in general, 
were fatisfied with the open ftatc of the 
commons. Some of them who had inherited, 
— or purchafed at an advanced price, — lands 
which lay conveniently to the commons, 
were, ofcourfe, adverfc to an inclofure ; and 
the mere house owners were either appre- 
henfive of the fmallnefs of their claim, or 


* Together with the meadow lands. 


their voices were too weak to be heard, 
among thofe of the land owners. 

Under thefe circumftances, the commons 
lay open, and would probably have conti- 
nued in that ftate> had there been no other 
intereft in the townfliip, than that of the 
owners of its lands and houses. 

But the tithe, of three or four thoufand 
acres of corn land, was an objedl of too great 
magnitude to be overlooked, by the lelTee 
(for lives under the Dean of York) j and, 
being i^txi, had charms in it too fafcinating 
to be loft fight o£ 

A(fluated thus powerfully, the Jejfee of the 
//>/^^j applied to the land owners, to join 
him in an application to parliament, for an 
inclofure. The land owners refufed. Their 
condudl, however, was impolitic and ill 
judged ; and a fair opportunity lofl is not 
eafily regained* 

The leflee of the tithes adled under a rel- 
iefs impulfe j and no matter the inftruments 
he made ufe of, fo they anfwered his pur- 
pofe. He, therefore, applied to the house 
OWNERS i who, feeing riches within their 
reach, which till then they had never thought 
of, grew frantic with expecflation. 

A law agent, well fuited to the defign, 
£ 2 Wiii 

52 I N C L O S U R E S. 

was pitched upon ; and other agents, no lef*- 
qualified, gave him their beft alTiflance. An 
equal divifion of the commons, among the 
houfes only, was the prize held out ; and a 
bill, framed for the purpofe of obtaining it, 
was fent up to Parliament. 

A faint ill conducted oppolition was made, 
by the land owners ; but a more powerful in- 
terefl:, well applied, having got there before 
them, their intentions of throwing out the 
bill were fruflrated. 

Parliament, however, feeing probably the 
iniquity of the bill, without being willing to 
enter into a minute invertigation, or able, at 
their difVancc, to afcertain with conveniency 
fufficient facfls, left a principal matter open to 
a trial at law; namely, whether the commons 
fliould be divided among the houfes, only 3 or 
whether one moiety of them fliould remain 
with ** the lands of the townlhip, which, 
** upon the firlt of January 1784, belonged 
** to the owners of antient common-right 
" mefluages, cottages or lites." 

In confequence of this order of Parlia- 
ment, the queftion was tried, on a feigned 
iliiie, at the allize for the county, in the fjm- 
mer of 1785. 



The trial was conduced with the fame ex- 
ertions, on the part of the promoters of the 
bill, and with the fame tamenefs and ilj 
judged confidence, on the part of its oppo- 
fers, as had been evident in every llage of 
the bufinefs. Thefe circumflances co-ope- 
rating with the " uncertainty of the law," 
a verdid: was obtained, in favour of the 

Thus, by management ^ — without even the 
(hadow of r^^^/ being offered, — the owner of 
a mere cottage without a garden-place, or 
of a heap of ftcnes which had long lain as 
ruins, and who could have no rightful ad- 
vantage whatever from the commons in their 
open ftate, became entitled to an equal {hare, 
under the inclofure, with the largeft land- 
owner ; who, perhaps, previous to the paf- 
fmg of this law, occupied rightfully, fome 
hundred acres. 

It is true, many poor families may gain a 
temporar)^ relief by this inequitable tranfa(n:ion ; 
and lo far the bill may have operated bene- 
ficially. But it muft be evident, to thofe who 
have a knowledge of the townfliip, and who 
think impartially on the fubjedt, that they 
might, with equal propriety, have been re- 
lieved out of the inc^ofed lands, or the per- 
il 3 fonal 


fonal property of the land owners ; and it 
could not be the intention of Parliament, to 
be inftrumental in transferring the property of 
one man to another, without a fufficientreafon ; 
ve may therefore fafely conclude, that Par- 
liament, in this cafe, were either impofed 
Upon, or judged erroneoufly ; or that they 
are in want of fome 

General Principles of Inc^osure, 

I fhall not prefume to dicTtate to Parlia- 
ment ; but as I have beftowed an unufual ihare 
of attention on this important fubjed:, and 
may not have another opportunity, fo fuitable 
as the prefent, of fpeaking my fentiments 
upon it, I will here throw together the ideas 
which have ftruck me, as a groundwork for 
further argument. 

It will be proper, in the outfet, to take a 
view of the origin of commons, and the 
iirft laying out of townihips, 

f itzherbert, whofe opinion in this cafe is 
valuable, fpeaking of cuftomary tenants, in 
his 1 3th chapter of Surveying, fays, " Cuf- 
** tomary tenants are thofe that hold their 
•* lands of their lord, by copy of court-roll, 
*' after the cuftom of the manor. And there 
^- t>e mar.y tenants wi,*hin the fame manor 

** that 



•' that have no copies, and yet hold by like 
" cuflom and fervice, at the will of the lord : 
** and in mine opinion, it began foon after 
" the Conquefl. When William Conqueror 
** had conquered the realm, he rewarded all 
** thofe that came with him, in his viage 
*' royal, according to their degree. And to 
" honourable men he gave lordlhips, ma- 
*' nors, lands, and tenements, with all the in- 
*' habitants, men and women, dwelline in the 
*' fame, to do with them at their pleafure." 
And in his 40th chapter, in which he pro- 
pofes to improve by inclofure, he fays, " It 
'* is undoubted, that to every tov/nfhip, that 
" ftandeth in tillage in the plain country, 
** there be arable lands to plovv^ and fow, and 
** leys to tie or tedder horfes and mares 
** upon, and common pafture to keep and 
" pafture cattle, beafls, and flieep upon; 
** andalfo meadow ground to get hay upon." 
In another part of the fame treatife, chap- 
ter 4. ^' Of foreign paftures that be com- 
*^ mon," he fays, ** This is a dark letter to 
** be underilood without a better declara- 
** tion, for it may be underflood three ways. 
" In many towns, where clofes and paftures 
*' lie in feveralty, there is commonly a com-r 
^* mon clofe taken in, out of the commons 

E 4 ** or 


** or fields, by the tenants of the town, for 
,** their oxen or kine, or other cattle, in 
*' which clofe every man is llinted, and fet 
" to a certainty how many beafts he ihall 
** have in the fame, and of what manner of 

** beafts they fhall be. Another manner 

** of common is moll commonly in plain 
" chainpion countries, where the cattle go 
'* daily before the herdman, and lyeth near 
** adjoining to the common fields ; and it 

*' may lie in two or three places or mere. 

*' The third manner of common is the lord's 
*' outwoods, that he common to his tenants, 
*' as common moors or heaths, the which 
•' were never arable land." 

The fame, or a fimilar dirtribution of lands 
remain, in every uninclofed townlhip, to this 
day. Each township is one common farm; 
laid out into tliree arable divifions, for coryi j 
a flat of meadow land, for f^iy -, — and one o^ 
vnort pn/iures, for ftock. 

It appears evident from obfervation, in dif- 
ferent Diftrids of the Kingdom, that, inlaying 
out a townfliip whicli contains a diverfity of 
foil, the dried and heft land^ have been laid 
out as arable fields ; the wcttefl, if futficient- 
ly found, as mowing ground ; and the re- 
mainder as pallure land, and as a fource of 



fuel. In fome townfhips, part of the pallure 
ground has been fet apart as a flinted pafture, 
for fome particular fpecies of cattle ; and, 
in others, part of the commonfield land has 
been laid to grafs, for the purpofe of tedder- 
ing horfes upon, in the corn year?, and feed- 
ing iheep upon, in the fallow year. 

In townfhips of a more uniform foil, good 
land, fit for arable, has been fet out as com- 
mon pafture ; for, in the days when town- 
fhips were laid out, it would have been lefs 
poffible to have cultivated and manured the 
common fields of a townfhip, without a com- 
mon pallure, than it would now be, when 
the ufes of clover and vetches are known, to 
manage a farm entirelv under the plow. 

It is therefore evident, that common paf- 
tures and comm.on fields are, in their original 
intention, and ever have been in their ufe, as 
infeparable as animal life and food: — it was 
pecefTary to keep w^orking frock, to till the 
fields, and almofl as neceflary to ha^e other 
live flock, to confume the flraw, and to raife 
manure. And it may be fafely drawn, as an 
inference, that the herbage of the common 
paflures of a given townfhip belong, in their 
Qriginal intention, to the arable and meadov/ 


jS I N C L O S r R E S. 

lands of that townfhip : for, without themi 
the former muft have lain in perpetual fal- 
low, and the hay of the latter have been ufe- 
Icfs. Confequently, h the original intention t 
every hoiife which occupied a portion of the 
arable and ?neadow land of the townfliip, had 
a right to a like portion of the he?'bage of the 
coonmon paflures ; and this without any re- 
gard to the time of its being erected ; name- 
ly, whether before or after the laying out of 
the townfhip. 

But with refped: to fuel, and the panage, 
(when thefe were not referved to the lord) 
the original intention was undoubtedly diffe- 
rent; for a certain plot of woodland (for in- 
flance) was fet out, in proportion to the num- 
ber of boufes in the townlhip, at the time of 
fetting it out. This was a grant of the lord, 
to the houfcs in beings at the time of the grant -, 
which particular houfes thereby obtained an 
exclufive right to the fuel and panage thus 
granted ; cther^vife an unlimited and ex- 
ceflive increafe of houfes mi^ht have abridged 
the original habitations in their right, and 
have done away the original intention. 

Since the improvements in navigation, and 
in the art of mining, have taken place, many 
common woodlands have, probably, been 



cleared away ; for it is evident, from ob- 
lervation, confirmed by tradition, tha^ many 
of the grafsland commons, which now remain, 
and which, a few years fince, were thickly fcat^ 
tered over the kingdom, were formerly co- 
vered wholly, or partiall)^ with Avood j the 
original fources of fuel and panage : which 
fuel and panage belonged excluiively to the 
original houfes : confequently, when the land 
which produced them was cleared, thefe 
hoiifes had a plea for an excluiive right to the 
herbage which fucceeded. 

Thus the ancient houfes having, by original 
right, a claim upon the woody and, by impli- 
cation, upon the herbage which fucceeded it, 
they became obje(^s of importance, compared 
with modern houfes ; and it appears to have 
grown gradually into a cuftom, which in 
time became law, that no modern houfe, nor 
even the lands of the townfliip which lay to 
them, fhould enjoy either the fuel or the her- 
bage of the commons. 

And thus the antient houfes, b3^im plication, 
gained in part, and, by ufurpation, entirely, a 
privilege oi prefenting the lands of the town- 
ihip, with the freedom of the commons ; which 
privilege has rendered them more valuable, 
than modern houfes, of equal iize ; and this 


6o I N C L O S U R E S. 

di&erence in value is the real intereft they 
have in the commons. 

It is the moft they ever had, or can of right 
have, v.'hilc the tcmir.ons remain open. For 
a mere houfe, without land, has neither plow 
to work, manure to raiie, nor fodder to con- 
lume, and cannot, in the ordinary courfe of 
hull'andr}-, make any ufc whatever of the 
bcrh.igc of a common. 

And with refpeft to the privilege of pre- 
fentation, it is equally vague, in the owner of 
an antient houfe, to lay claim to an equalized 
ihare of the lands of a common, becaufe 
he has a power of enfranchiling the lands 
of others, as it would be in a lay-pre- 
fenter of a living, to lay claim to tlie 
henelicc, becaufe he has die advowfon. 
Whatever the advo-icfyn is worth, fo much 
interefl the prefenter of the herbage of a 
common, or the profits of a living, has in that 
common, or that living. 

From thefe premifes v.-c may infer, that 
iiO\i\ neither an antient houfe without lands, 
of a given townil:iip, belonging; to it, nor a 
parcel of land without an antient houfe being 
held witli it, is entitled to any ihare of the 
common herbage of that townihip. But, 



whenever this houfe regains land, or the land 
is again laid to an antient houfe, the right of 
commonage returns. The right, therefore, 
only lies dormarit ; and is not, m either cafe, 

The fame of a fite. While covered with 
ruins, it can have no right either to fuel or 
herbage : but whenever the houfe is rebuilt 
and inhabited, a right of fuel returns ; and 
having had lands laid to it, a right of herbage. 
And whatever a lite is worth over and above 
the value of the land it contains, fo much ia- 
tereft it has in the comrnon lands of the 
townfiiio it lies in. 

The Lnterell: oi dormant land^ may be afcer- 
tained, in a iimilar wav : whatever their value 
is depreciated by the alienation from the 
commons, fo much Icfs interefl: they have in 
a diviiion of them. To {hut them out of an 
Inclofure Bill is to take them by fdrprize, and 
thruft them out of the townlhip ; thereby 
ftranslins that ri^ht which before had only 
llept i and which might the next year, or the 
next day, have awakened in its fulleft luflre. 
• Befide thefe particular interefts, there is 
one general intereft tcbe conlidered; namely, 
iht Jituation of lands, houfes, and fites, with 
refpe(ft to the common to be inclofed ; — for 


#2 I N C L O S U R E 5. 

houfes, at leail, which are fituated contiguous 
to a common, had, in the firft inftance, have 
had, ever lince, and muft have, while the 
commons remain open, a greater benefit 
from its herbage, and have on that account 
been fold and purchafed at a greater price, 
than houfes iituated at a diftance ; and, of 
courfe, have a right to a greater fhare of the 
lands to be inclofed. 

The interefls oi fites vary in a fimilar 

But, with refpedt to landsy this fpecies of 
intereft is lefs evident. While common fields 
and common meadows lie open, they have 
little advantage or difadvantage from fitua- 
tion, with refpe(5t to the common pall:ure< 
But where the arable and meadow lands have 
been inclofed, and the pal^ures remain open, 
fituation of confiderablc importance. 
And where the appropriated lands have been 
ion a: held in leveralty, and have been fold 
and purchafed under thofe circumllances, the 
lands which lie near to the common pafhires 
feem to have gained, by the circumftance of 
inclofure, ratified by long ufage, an extracr^ 
dinary zrA perrnanoit interel^ in the herbage ; 
an intereft which they can never lofe, fo long 
as the appropriated lands remain inclofed, and 



the ccmmon paftures remain open. Hence, 
it is unwife in thofe, whofe lands lie at a dif- 
tance from the common paflure, to fufFer a 
partial inclolure to take place ; for by that 
means they are eftablifliing, to their own dif- 
advantage, a fpecies of intereft in common 
paftures, which before had no exiftence. 

Before we proceed farther, it may be pro- 
per to confider the Imits of commonright ^ on 
unftinted common paftures. 

It is generally underftood, and may, I be- 
lieve, be conlidered as the common law of the 
realm, that each commonright houfe has a 
power to fummer as much ftock on the com- 
mon, as the lands which lie to it- will winter; 
or, to fpeak more practically, a right to ftock 
in proportion to the value of the lands, re- 
fpedtivelyheldv/ith the commonright houfes: 
for it fo happens, that by improvements in 
huft>andry, iince the time of laying out town- 
ships, — more efpecially where the appropri- 
ated lands haye been inclofed, — commons in 
general are unable to fupport, in fummer, fo 
much ftock as the arable and meadow land 
can, in winter ; confequently, it is become im- 
prad:icable to adhere, ftridtly, to the antient 
regulation : which antient regulation, how- 
ever, I 

64 1 N C L O S U R E ?. 

ever, though time has rendered it in fnort 
cafes impradticabic, is as flrong an evidence, 
as is neceUary to be produced, in favor of the 
herbage of unftinted commons belonging 
folely to the land. 

That the idea is antient, and not of mo- 
dem invention, may be feen in Fitzherbert ; 
who, in his 6th chapter, ** Of Foreign Woods, 
** where other men have common, but where 
" the lord may improve himlelf," fays^ 
*•' It is clearly ordained by the ftatute of 
" Merton, and after confirmed by the fta- 
" tute of Weilminiler, that the lord fhall 
** improve himfe If of his wafles — leaving his 
** tenantsy//^t/V;?/ common. It is necefiary to 
** ht knownv^hit isfupcient co.'/imon ; and that 
" to me feemeth by reafon lliould be thus : 
** To fee hon' much cattle the hay and the 
*' draw, a hulband getteth upon his own te- 
" nement, will find fufiiciently in winter, if 
*' they lie in the houfe and be kept therewith 
** all the winter feafon ; for fo much cattle 
" fhouid iie have common in fummer ; and 
" that is fuficicnt commzn. It confequently 
follows, that the occupier of a houfe without 
hnd could not, of nc^ht, keep catile upon the 
common in fummer ; becaule his tenement 



afforded him neither hay nor flraw, wherewith 
to keep them in the houfe, during the winter 

Laftly, the intereft of the lord of the foil 
requires confideration. Here, Fitzherbert's 
treatife may be taken as a fafe guide. The 
groundwork, of the firil: feventeen chapters, 
is a ftatute of Edward I. named Extent a Ma^ 
nerii'y of which Fitzherbert himfelf gives the 
following account : " In mine opinion, this 
ftatute was made foon after the Barons' 
wars, the which ended at the battle of 
Eve(ham, or foon after, in the time of 
king Henry III. whereat many Noblemen 
were llain, and many fled, who after were 
attainted for the treafon they did to the 
king. And by reafon thereof their caflles 
and manors were feized into the king's 
hands. And fo for want of reparation the 
caftles and manors fell to ruin and in decay. 
And when theKin^and his Council fa w that, 
they thought it was better to extend them, 
and make the mofl profit that they could of 
them, than let them fall to the ground and 
come to no man's help and profit; therefore. 
King Edward I. ordained this ftatute to be 
made the fourth year of his reign, wherein 
is contained many and divers chapters and 
Vol. I. F ** articles, 


*' anjcles, the which, at that time, were but 
" inflru<flions how and what they ihould do 
" that were Commiflioners or Sur\'evors in 
** the fame." 

Inftrudtions, framed by Parliament, and ex- 
plained by an able Judge, afford evidence of 
the highefl authority. 

A claufe of the ilatute, refpedling common 
paftures, mns thus : ** It is to be enquired of 
'* foreign pail:ures that be common liow many 
*' and what fort of cattle the lord may have 
** in the fame, and what the pallure of a beafl 
" is worth by the year." 

It is this claufe which Fitzherbert fays is 
" a dark letter to be underilood without a bet- 
*' ter declaration j" becaule there are three 
forts of commons : namelv, a i^inted common 
clofe i — 'A tended common, open to the com- 
mon field ; — and the lord's outwoods, or un- 
ftinted common pailure. In the two former, 
he fays, " the lord liiould be put to a cer- 
** tainty — and every man be feinted either by 
■J* yard-lands, oxgangs, rents, or fuch other 
" cufLomas the tenants ufe, — and the lord in 
** like manner." — But in the outwoods, *• me 
** feemeth tlielord fhould not beilintednor fet 
** to a certainty, but put his cattle upon fuch 
" manner of commcn pallure at his pleafure; 

*' bceaufe 


** becaufe the whole common is his owa, and 
** his tenants have no certain parcel thereof 
** laid to their holdings ; but all only bite of 
** mouth with their cattle :" by which is evi- 
dently meant (from various ^2L^2igQS>) fufficie?Jt 
bite for the tenants' cattle. Hence, it clearly 
follows, that if the herbage of the common 
be more than fufficient for the cattle of the 
townfhip, the overplus, be it more or lefs, 
belongs to the lord. On the contrary, if the 
herbage of the common is not 7nore than fuffi- 
cient to fummer the cattle, which the town- 
fhip can maintain in winter (in an uninclofed 
ftate), the lord has not [merely as fuch) any 
intereft whatever, in the herbage of the com- 
mons within his manor. 

In another claufe, refpecfling outwoods fpe - 
cially, — the ftatute orders, that it " be en- 
*^ quired of foreign woods, where other men 
" have come-in, what part of thofe woods the 
** lord may improve himfelf of, and of hov/ 
** many acres, and for how much the vefiurCj 
*' that is to fay, the wood oi every acre may 
" be fold, and how much the ground is worth 
** after the wood be fallen, and how many 
" acres it contains, and what every acre is 
" worth by the year." 

By this claufe, it is implied by Parliament, 
F 2 that 


that the nrood of a common belongs folely to 
the lord : and Fitzherbcrt's expofition of it 
implies the fame idea : ** The declaration of 
" this ftatute is doubtful j becaufe of the 
** non-certainty of what isfufficient commoJi ," 
—which having explained as above, he con- 
tinues, ** You {hall underftand that there be 
" four manner of commons, that is to wit ; — 
** common appendant, — common appurte- 
'* nant, — common in grofs, — and common 
** becaufe of neighbourship. Common ap- 
" pendant is where the lord of old time hath 
** granted to a man a mefeplace and certain 
** lands, meadows, and paftures, with their 
*' appurtenances, to hold of him. To this 
** mefeplace, lands, and meadows, belongeth 
** common, and that is common appendant. 
" — Common appurtenant is where a man 
*' hath had common to a certain number of 
*' beafts, or without number, belonging to 
** his mefeplace in the lord's wafle : this is 
J* common appurtenant by prefcription, be- 
'* caufe of the ufe out of time of mind. — 
" Common in grofs is where a lord hath 
** granted, by his deed, common of pafture 
'* to a flrangerthat holdeth no land of him, 
** nor ought to have any common but by 
** reafon of that grant by deed. — Common 

'' of 


** of vicinity or neighbour/hip is where the 
" wafte grounds of two townfhips lie toge- 
** ther, and neither hedge nor pale between 
" to keep their cattle afunder : this is com- 
*' mon becaufe of neighbourfliip j and it is 
*' not ufed nor lawful to pin the cattle fo 
** goi^g y ^^^ i^ good manner to drive and 
** chace befide fuch common." 

Of common in grofs, he fays, "the lord 
" may not improve himfelf of any parcel ; for 
*' it is contrary to grant, though there be fuf- 
** ficient of common," But "ye fhall un- 
'^ derfland that how be it a lord may not im- 
** prove himfelf of his wafte grounds, yet may 
'* he lawfully fall and fell all the wood, 
*' broom, gorfe, furze, braken, fern, bufhes, 
*' thorns, and fuch other, as free-ftone, lime- 
^' flone, chalk, turves, clay, fand, lead-ore, 
*' or tin, to his own ufe ; for the tenant may 
" have nothing by reafon of common, but 
*' only bite of mouth with his cattle." 

Hence, we may conclude, that the cutting 
of fuel (if pradifed) was, t^en, merely on fuf- 

In his explanation of a claufe refpe(5ling 
panagCy &c. he fays, *' Where this ftatute 
'* fpeaketh depmiagioy that is to be underftoo4 
** where there is any mafl growing in the 

F 3 <* lord's 

70 I N C L O i U R E S. 

* lord's wood, wherebv men's fwlne may be 

* fed and relieved ; what profit that may be 

* to the lord ; for there is no man that can 
' claim of right to have the maft, the which 

* is a fruit, but the lord ; and the lord fhall 

* have it in foreign or outwoods, as well as 
^ in his parks or feveral woods j and as the 

* quantity of maft is, fo the lord's bailey 

* ought of right to lay men's fwine there- 

* unto from Michaelmas to Martinmas, and 
' to make a true account thereof at the lord's 

* audit, what he taketh for every fwine." 

Thus it appears, that not on\y fuel, but 
fanagey likewife, was originally a matter of 
fuiferance, when enjoyed by the tenants. 

From thefe premifes, and from the prc- 
fent infufficiency of commons, we may fafcly 
infer that the lord (merely as fuch) has no 
intereft whatever in the herbage of commons 
within his manor. But we may infer, with 
equal fafety, that of the lijood of a common 
the lord is fole proprietor ; except where a 
right of fuel and panage has been ellabliOied 
by long cuftom j for, in this cafe, prefcrip- 
tion has fruflrated the original intention ; 
and, here, the koujes have a joint intereft with 
the lord. 



Laftly, with refpecCt to heaths and peat- 
jnoorsj frcm which the inhabitants of a town- 
fhip have, by prefcription, a right of cutting 
fuel : 

The ftatute orders, that it be enquired of 
moors, heaths, and waftes, v/hat they be 
worth by the year : — and Fitzherbert fays, 
** Moors, heaths, and wailes, go in like man- 
** ner as the herbage of the town ; for the 
** lord's tenants have common in all fuch 
** out grounds with their cattle ; but they 
** {hall have no wood, thorns, turves, gorfe, 
** fern, and fuch other, hut by cujlo?^, or elfe 
'' fpecial words in the charter." 

We may therefore conclude, that the lord 
has no interefl in the hjerhage of a heath 5 nor 
in thtfuely except there be ??iore than Jiiffici' 
ent for the ufe of the inhabitants of the 
ancient houfes 3 in which cafe the lord feems 
to have an interefl in the overplus ; provided 
he can reap the benefit of it, without injuring 
the herbage* 

From the fum of this evidence it appears, 
that, at this day, lords of manors, in general, 
have no other interefl in the commons, with- 
in their refpeftive manors, than in the jnines, 
the quarriesy and the i^JGod, The herbage be- 
F 4 longs 

7» I N C L O S U R E S. 

longs to the land ; and thtfoe/ (where cuT- 
tom allows it to be taken) to the houles. 

As to the right of foih it appears to be 
merely honorary : for the foil cannot be re- 
moved, nor turned to advantage, without de- 
flroying or injuring the herbage. A Icrd of 
a manor has, however, a claim upon the 
/oil, though indirect : for no man, nor fet 
of men, can break it without his confent. 
But this feems to be a claim of honor rather 
than oi inter eft ', for, while tlie commons re- 
main open, he cannot, in ftridl legality, reap 
any emolument from it. 

Thus we have enumerated five dillin^t in- 


COMMON RIGHT HousrS. To thefe lands 


• By COMMOVRIGHT land is meant the original com- 
mon field and common meadow land, and fuch other laad, 
lying within the townfhip, as has, by grant or prrlcriprion, 
a right of commonage when held with a rommonright 
houfe ; in conL-adiflinclion to fuch lands cf the tONvnfcipas 
have not, and to the lands of the reft of the kingdom -which 
never can ha\'c, by any legal a<S, fuch a right, though held 
with a commonrlght houfe. Suppofe lune tenths of the 
townfhip in a flate of temporary alienation, by fome legal 
circumflance which could not be a\ oided, or by any circum- 
ftance whatever, could the other tenth part catch the oppor- 


the benefit of the herbage belongs, in proportion 
to their value ; and the right of the relpec- 
tive parcels, to ihare in a divilion oi the 
la7ids^ ought to be afcertained by their intrin- 
fic qaahty, and their affinity to the common 
(where this operates on their value in the open 
flate) taken jointly *. 

right of thefe lands was indifputably the 


tunity in the interval of rufpence, and appropriate the lands 
of the commons to this one tenth of the townfhip ? It 
would be abfurd to fuppofe it. If one tenth cannot by any 
advantage choufe the other nine, why {bould nine parts of a 
townlhip be fuffered to ihare the right pf the tenth ? See 
p. 52. 

* To fet afide the lands of the townfhip entirely (as in 
the cafe of Pickering) is too abfurd to be treated of f-^ri- 
oufly. Suppofe nine acres of ten, or ninety-nine of one 
hundred, of a given townlhip, to belong to one houfe, and 
the other one-hundredth part to be divided among two hun- 
dred and fiftynine houles : or fuppole the comcncns of a 
given townftiip to contain mary thoufand acres, and the 
appropriated commonright lands to cmfill .f 2376 acres ; 
that the commonright houfes of the tov-.nihip were only 
two, and that 2370 acres of the appropriated lands be- 
longed to one houie, the other fix acres to the other houfe ; 
would it be equitable in either cjfe to divide by the houfes ? 
If not in thefe cafes, why in any cafe v/here the principle of 
right is precifely the fame ? 


fame as that of the other lands of the town- 
(hip ; and their temporary aliaiation is merely 
a circumflance, which does not extinguifh, 
but only fufpends, their right to a benejit of 
the herbage. Whatever this temporal-)^ alie- 
nation depreciates them, below the other 
lands of the townihip of the fame intrinlic 
quality, in fimilar lituations, fo much pro- 
portionably lefs is their right to a {hare of 
the lands of the common *. 

3. CoMMONRiGHT HOUSES. The pro- 
portional rights of houfcs depends on the 
nature of the commons to be inclofed. 

If they produce herbage alone, — 2i com- 
rnonright houfe ought to fhare with the 
lands, in proportion to its extra 'value t^s fuch ; 
that is to fay, v.hatever it is worth more than a 
non-commonright houfe of the fame intrinfic 
value, in a limilar lituation, fo much it 
ouglit to be eflimated at, in the general va- 

* The depreciation her:: intimated will feldom take 
place i for the appropriated lands of a to-AiLliip arc worth 
more la the occupier of a commonnght houfe ; becaufe they 
intiile him to a greater Ciare of the commo.n paiiurage, thaii 
to the occupier of a non-commonrijht houfe, to whon^ 
thry can feldom give any adequate privilege. 


iuation of the commonable property of the 
townihip *. 

If the common to be inclofed produce 
fuel alone y the houfes (or the houfes and the 
lord of the foil, if an overplus can be proved) 
are alone intitled to it. 

\i herbage and fuel jointly^ the lands and 
houfes have rights in it, proportioned to the 
herbage and the fuel it produces -f*. 

4. CoMMONRiGHT SiTES. The right of 
fites is fimilar with that of houfes : whatever 
the dormant right of prefentation and the 
dormant right (^i fuel are worth, fo much in 
proportion they ought to ihare with the 
lands and houfes. 

5. The 

* The extra value of .eommonright houfes varies with 
the value of the commons and the number of houfes. 
Thus, fuppofe the commons of two diftiuil townfhips to be 
of equal value, and that one townfiaip contained ten, the 
Qther one hundred commonright houfes ; the right of pre- 
fentation would be worth more in that than in th'n town- 
fhip : and where herbage alone is the produce of the 
common, the right of reprefentation and the extra value are 
the fame. 

f If part of the commons to be inclofed produce her- 
bage alone, and ocher parts principally fuel, and a feparate 
divifion be made (as in the cafe of Pickering), the extra 
value is compounded of the right of prefentation to the 
herbage, and the right of cutting fuel ; either of which 
^eing eftimated, the otr.vr is 0: courfc- fuficiently afcertained. 

;6 r N C L O S U R r s. 

5. The Lord or the soil. To the lands 
of a common, on wliich open 'woodlands ftill 
prevail, the lord of the foil has a principal 
right. But whatever the bite of mouth is 
worth, fo much in proportion the land is en- 
titled to ; and if a right oi fuel be ellabllfh- 
cd by cuflom, the houfcs have their clami. 
Whatever proportional advantage the feveral 
interefts would receive, in an open flate, fuch 
proportions of the land they are feverally iii - 
titled to, under an inclofure. 

l{ valuable mines and quarries ht given up, 
the lord ought to receive an equivalent, in 
hnd, and is entitled to fome fhare, for the 
mere chance of mines, and quarries, being 
hereafter difcovered. But of naked commons, 
.affording neither wood nor fuel, and of which 
the mines and quarries are referved, the lord 
cf the manor (merely as fuch) has not, on 
the principles offered, anv right to fhare in 
a divifion of the foil, faving the honorary right 
wliich has been already meptioncd*. 


" III M? c.ii of Piclcering, the Crown, as owner of the 
*♦ honor, forelts^Jid manor of Plciceri.^g" (in right of the 
dutchv of Lancafter), had one tenth qf the principal part of 
the tovvninip, and one fifteenth cf the remaining pai;t, 
g::j^t:.c cy the 2<lI of Inclofur'^ 



While the Pi<:kering bill Is before 
me, I will make a few further remarks. 

I. Fhe comniijjioners appointed : three of 
them, only, being direded to value the com- 
mon lands, and to fet out the king's allot- 
ments. Of thefe three, one was nominated 
by the chancellor of the dutchy of Lancafter ; 
one by the leiTee of the tithes (who could 
have no fpecial right of nominatioro as no 
part of tlie commons was ordered by the adt 
to be fet out as tithes) ; and the third by the 
proprietors of the townfhip. Before the 
lands were valued, and the allotments fet out, 
the commiflioner of the tithe-lelTee obtain- 
ed an appointment under the Crovv'n j in 


The v/oodlands, in this cafe, had formerly been inclofcd 
and held by the Crown in feveralty ; and the remainder of 
the commons given up entirely to the appropriated lands of 
the townfhip ; fhutting out even the parlc, and fome de- 
mefne land of the dutchy, from a right of commonage; fo 
that neither wood nor woodland is by the acl given up : yet 
all the manerial rights are referved ; except the honorary 
right offoil^ and except quarries ofjlone and Jl ate : which 
laft are fufficiently abundant in the old appropriated lands 
to fupply the townfhip with building materials and lime 
manure for at leaft a thoufand years. Therefore, the con- 
fid^ration given up was of inconfiderable value — compared 
with that which was given as equivalent ; but which ap- 
pears to be, in t/^is particular cafe^ unicafonablc and ex- 

^ I N C L O S U R E S. 

confequence of which the townlhip was in 
effect valaed, and the Crown allotments (ct 
out, by the agents of the Crown, without 
the proprietors of the townlliip having, in 
nny cafe, a cafting vote ; their commifTioner 
becoming, under thefe circumftances, a mere 

It would be well if, in cafes of importance, 
honorary commijjioners, chofen out of the in- 
dependent gentlemen of the neighlx^urhood, 
could be appointed ; as a check upon adting 
commiflioners, in predicaments of this na- 

2. New rCiic^'s to be made, and old ones 
to be repaired ; — common drains to be 
opened, and public refcr'-joirs formed, by the 
commilHoners, at the joint cxpence of the 

,lands to be inclcfed. 

The forming of refervoirs of the waters 
collevfled by the roads, for the purpofe of 
public drinking pools, ought to be a ibanding 
claufe in every Inclofure bill ; and commif- 
fioners, moft efpecially in upland fituatlons 
away from running waters, ought to pay due 
attention to it. 

3. Lands, exceeding the yearly \'alue of 
three fhillings an acre, to be divided and 
mclojsdy — the rcfidue to be allotted, only ; 



leaving it in the option of the perfons to 
whom they be allotted, to inclofe them, or 
let them remain in a ftate of open common ; 
lubjeca: to fach regulations as the commif- 
(ioners fhall appoint. 

Too much cannot be faid in praife of this 
diftindtion. Good land will always pay for 
incloling, and be the mofi: valuable in that 
ftate ; but bad land is frequently too dear at 
that price : many men of comfortable for- 
tunes have, in this Diftrid:, been beggared, 
and the fortunes of others injured, by the in- 
clofmg of lands which have net yet paid, nor 
probably ever will repay, the expence j and 
the fame may be obferved, in other Diftridts 
of the kingdom. 

4. A good regulation refpe<fling fences is 
likewife noticeable. The ad: allows a privi- 
lege of placing a fence, on the outfide of the 
ditch, upon the adjoining allotment, to de- 
fend the face of the young hedge ; and to 
remake and remove fuch fence during and 
within the fpace of ten years. Alfo to con- 
tinue the fence at the ends (by rails reaching 
over the crofs ditches (to the ports or rails of 
the adjoining crofs fences. 

5. Lallly, the reference of matters in dif- 



pute to a trial at law requires the mofl: ma- 
tire confiieration. 

The appropriation of commonable lands is 
an important matter : they are ufeful, in an 
open ftate ; but would, in general, be much, 
more ufeful, in a ftate of Inclofure. Whoever 
has reaped a rightful benefit from them, time 
immemorial, ought to have that benefit con- 
tinued to them : and all that Parliament has 
to do is, to afcertain the quantity of right, of 
each party or interefl concerned, in the par- 
ticular bill before them i — or to refer fpecial 
matters, in difpute, to fome other inqueft, 
more peculiarly adapted to the neceiTary en- 
quiries ; — or to refufe the application. 

A court of afilze is, perhaps, the moll im- 
proper inquefl-, which could be referred to, 
for fettling difputes rcfpedling Inclofures : 
and are, certainly, much lefs adapted to 
make the neceiTary enquiries, than a com- 
mittee of the Houfe of Commons -, where 
every Member is a judge, and has fufficicnt 
time for deliberation ; whereas, in a court of 
aflizc, all is hurry and tumult ; with only 
one man to think, and the mind of this one 
man necclTarily crovvded, with a chaos of 


Y O R K S H I R>. 8f 

It will however be faid, that a fpecial jury, 
of the coupty in which the fite of Inclofure 
lies, ar^ the fitted to determine the rights of 
the claimants. This, in theory, is plaufible ; 
but is feldom verified in pradtice. 

In the cafe of Pickering, only four of the 
fpecial jury attended ; and one of thefe was a 
tradefman of the city of York. It is highly 
probable, that not one of the jury refided 
within twenty miles of the fite of Inclofure ; 
or had the fmallefc fliare of perfonal know- 
ledge, either of the fite, or the fubjedt of 
Inclofure. A jury impanelled, in any other 
county of the kingdom, might have been 
equally qualified for the purpofe. 

It was therefore a. mere trial at /c7'Z£;, which, 
to a proverb, is a game at hazard. The 
houfes were, once, within a point of lufing 
the game : Sir Thomas Davenport died, and 
Mr. B. (their two leading counfel) was put 
under arreft, the day before the trial was to 
have come on; and their agents, fanguine as 
they had heretofore been, now, on thofe 
accidents happening, gave themfeives up to 
defpair. But, by chance, or by management, 
the trial was pollponed. The houfes, now, 
came into court, fully prepared, while the 
land, by a train of ill luck or bad management. 
Vol. I. G was. 

ii 1 N C L O S U R E S. 

was, in efFedt, left without an advocate j 
and, folely by " the uncertainty of the law," 
loft its right. Even the houfe owners, them- 
felves, confidered the verdicfl as a game art- 
fully won — and their /arge allotments, as 
plunder bravely got. Right was out of the 
queftion : tlie idea of it had been abforbed, 
long before the decifion, in rancour and ill 
blood ; 2L circumftance more to be lamented, 
than the inequitable divifion of the commons* 
In the cafe of Knaresborough, too, a 
difpute, between the land owners and houfe 
owners, was ordered to be decided by legal 
contefi. There, as at Pickering, the houfea * 
claimed the whole ; but the lands happenings 
in that cafe, to employ the better forces, they 
gained the day. Almoft the whole foreft 
was divided among the land owners : even a 

me flu age 

* In this cafe the houfes were divided into mcffuages and 
cottages-— one melTuage was confidered as equal to twa 
cottages. This diftinction, which is not uncommon, has 
moft probably arifen from the circumftance of the wood- * 
lands being grubbed for the fake of herbage. A mefluage, 
namely, a houfe with which land was anciently occupied^ 
had not only a privilege of cutting fuel in the outwoods, 
but, of necefTity in early days, a privilege of taking plow- 
hoot ^ cartbooty &c. Hence, i ts claim upon the herbage which 
fucceeded the wood became greater than that of a mere 
cottage, with which no lands being occupied, had no ufe for 
implements of huft)andry. 


melTuage did not Ihare, on the befl land, 
more than two acres. The land owners had 
offered the houfe owners a greater propor- 
tion ; but they chofe to take their chance in 
a court, as other defperadoes take their chance 
in a lottery — a landed ertate, or nothing ; 
and, it is laid, what fome of them <Tot did 
not pay their extra expences. Here, the 
poor man lofl his right : a circumflance which 
renders the cafe of Knarelhorough harder 
than that of Pickering. 

Thefe are facts which appear to be fuf- 
ficiently flrLking, to induce Parliament to 
eftabliih fomc general principles of 
Inclosure, and to enquire, themfelves, in- 
to the rights of claimants : or, if a committee 
of Parliament cannot conveniently determine, 
to order reference to a commilfion of inde - 
pendent difmterefted men, in the immediate 
neighbourhood of the fiteof Inclofure -, who, 
having perfonal knowledge of the premifes, 
and the claiming parties, are beft enabled to 
judge of their refpedive rights : or, if the 
oppofition in Parliament be llrong, and the 
matters in difpute too weighty to be left to 
reference, to fend back the petitioners, and 
let the commons remain open. It does not 
G 2 follow. 

g^ I N C L O S U R E S. 

follow, that becaufe a few individuals, infli- 
gated, perhaps, by one more interefted than 
the reft, take it into their heads to try their 
fortune in a Bill of Inclofure, that a fuitc of 
valuable commons fliould of neceflity be 
inclofed. A few years might reconcile dif- 
ferences in opinion i and, then, there might 
be no difficulty in afiigning every man his 
rightful (liare. 

The fate of S i N n i n g t o n was determined 
by that of Pickering ; the different interefts 
having agreed, previoufly to the trial, to abide 
by the decinon of the court. 

The Sinnington bill is entitled to a few 

remarks : 

I . 'Tithe. It is difhcult to write with tem- 
per on the fubiedt of tithes. At the time 
they were inftituted, fpecie was little in ufe, 
as a medium, between the producer and the 
confumer of the productions of the foil 3 and 
then it might be neceffary, that the clergy 
fhouldbe fupported out of its immediate pro- 
duce. But to continue this ancient regu- 
lation, in a time when money is become the 
univerfal medium of property, and when 
improvements in cultivation engage the at- 
tention of alUcanks of mankind, is an im- 


propriet^,% which none but the abettors of 
oppreilion will defend. 

A general dilTolution of tithes, though 
fervently to be defired, is not probably yet 
near at hand : the bugbear innovation i?, at 
prefent, too terrible in the eyes of the Many : 
but, under the circumftances of the prefent 
times, to increafe the quantity of titheable 
lands, as in the cafe of appropriating com- 
mons witho"" affi.^ning feme certain part of 
them, or Jome other eqwrcaknt, in lieu of 
tithes, is a crime which poflerity will never 

In the cafe of Sinnington, ever}^ thing is 
done which, under the falfe principles of the 
bill, could be done : indeed more ; for even 
the. general principle of the hill was broken 
into, with refpedt to the tithes, The adl 
alligns one tenth of the commons fir the 
tithe of the commons ; and, at ter wards, em- 
powers the commiliioners to fet out a fur- 
ther parcel of them, for half the tithes of 
the old-inclofed lands of the tovrnfhip, be- 
longing to the commonright houfes : which 
is, in ^^t^i giving fo much of the commons 
to the commonright lands^ independent of 
the houfes. And fiirther authorifes the com- 
miflioners to award a perpetual modus or 

G 3 money- 

86 I X C L O S U R E S. 

money-payment, in lieu of the other half of 
the coinmonright lands -, and for the "whole of 
the dormant lands ; namely, fuch lands as had 
not, fome time previous to the pafling of the 
bill, a comm.onrighthoufe belonging to them* . 
Thus the entire towndiip is freed, for ever, 
from a fpecies of oppreffion, which the whole 
kingdom is entitled to be relieved from. 

2. Lord of the foil . The Sinnington Bill 
afiigns one frce-a?id-twentieth for the right of 

foil only ; all other manerial rights whatever 
being referyed. No quarriesy or known beds 
o^ marly &c. on thefe commons. 

3. Denizen right. The priory of Keld- 
holm, which anciently flood at a fliort 
diftance from thefe commons, without the 
boundaries of tlie townfhip of Sinnington, 
had a right or freedom of commonage, for 
iixty beafts, and four hundred iheep. This 
right has, of late years, and perhaps ever fincc 


* The falfe ground of this diftinfllon has been already 
(hewn. Suppofe a transfer of a principal part of thefe 
lands to have taken plac' (through ordinary circuiriftances, 
without any finifter views to an Inclofurc) about the time 
the exclufion of right tal:es place, — would the mere clr- 
cuwflar.ce of fixing the particular day of exclufion twenty- 
four hours before or twenty-four hours after the day of 
transfer, alter, either one way or the other, the natural 
right of fuch lands to fhare in the benefits of the Inclofurc ! 


the dilTolution of the priory, been exercifed 
in part, but never perhaps wholly. The Earl 
of Scarborough, who is at prefent in pofTef- 
fion of this right, has received little more 
than a yearly acknowledgment : neverthelefs, 
on a diviiion of the commons, his claim be- 
came important ; for the ancient right, in its 
fulleft extent, was equal, perhaps, to half the 
pafturage of the commons under inclofure. 

In this cafe, the dictates of common pru- 
dence would have led the promoters of the 
bill to have fixed the quantity of right, be- 
fore they went to Parliament. This, how- 
ever, was negled:edj and all the zO: em- 
powers the commifTioners to do, in this re- 
fpect, is, to examine into the merits of the 
claim, and fet out fuch a part of the com- 
mons, as appears to them to be a compen- 
fation. The confequence is, an injunction 
has been granted to ftop proceedings : through 
which circumftance the inclofure is at a 
ftand, to the great inconveniency of the 
townihip. A certain ^nd confiderable ex- 
pence is incurred — commonable flock fold 
off— and fencing materials prepared — with- 
out, at prefent, any certain advantage ac- 
cruing ; a predicament this, which ought 
to caution the promoters of Bills of Inclo- 

G 4 fure. 

88 I N C L O S U R E S. 

fure, to have a clear underftanding with the 
fcveral interefts concerned, before they bur- 
den the townfhip with the cxpences of a bill, 
and the confequent inconveniencies. 

4. Alien claim. Another claim is made 
upon thefe commons — by the owner of a 
farm which lies by the fide of them, and 
"whofe llock has, time immemorial, been i'si' 
fered to depafture upon them. It is fup- 
pofed that this encroachment has* been made 
thro* the means of a iviiulrake * acrofs a 
corner of thefe commons, to a river which 
runs at a diftance ; or that it has been fuf- 
fcred to take place, through mere neglcvft: 
let this be as it mav, it ought to be a lellon 
to uninclofed townihips, to attend to the 
flock of their reipe(^i\ e common?. I term 
it an incroachment, becaufe there is not a 
more general pontion, than that the com- 
mons of a given townihip belong, in original 
ri^ht, to the lands and houfes of that town- 
lliip, and that no right of com.monage can 
be juftly claimed, by the lands and houfes 
of another townfhip, unlefs a fpecial grant, 
or lomething adequate to it, can be pro- 
duced. Cuftom may, in this cafe, be con- 
iidered, in law, as adequate to a grant ; — 

• Sec Estates and Tenures. 


although, in equity and common fenfe, ic 
might feem more reafonable to award da- 
mages, for a trefpals, than a portion of the 
commons, as a compenlation. 

5. 'Fencing. The whole to be inclofed, 
within lix months from the time of flaking 
out. Counter fences may be made upon 
the adjoining allotment, and over the termi- 
nating crofs ditches *. Sheep to be kept 
out of the new inclofures, during the firfl 
feven years ; and all kinds of flock out of 
the lanes, during ten years ; — after which 
tim.e, the furveyors of the roads of the town- 
iliip may let the grafs of the lanes and bye- 
ways, and apply the rents to the repair of 
the roads : — an admirable claufe ! 

6. Appeal. By this bill, perfons aggrieved 
may appeal to the Quarter-Seflions ; except 
in fuch cafes where the determinations of the 
commillioners are dire(fled to be final. This, 
in fame cafes, mav be a check upon the adt- 
ing commifiioners ; but is far from being 
equivalent to a fpecial commillion of gentle- 
m.en, reiident in the neighbourhood, who 
would, in all cq/es, be on the fpot, to be ap- 
pealed to. To do Itridl juflice to every indi- 
vidual, in a complicated bulinefs of this na- 

* See Page 79. 

^ I N C L O S U R E S. 

tare, is beyond the power of abilities and 
honedy to accomplilli ; but the nearer this 
fummit can be approached, the better ; and 
every probable means lliould be employed in 
attempting it. 

In the cafe of Middleton, l->j/f the 
commons were afligned to the houses, /ja/f 
to the LAND, in prqportion to the land tax : 
a mode of divifion which has, I believe, been 
pretty generally adopted in the Vale. 

This method of apportioning the Ihares 
of the land owners is, in townfliips where the 
land tax is levied by rack rents, more equi- 
table, than it is in cafes where it is paid by 
ancient valuation, as it was in Middleton 
when the Inclofurc took place : but it can- 
not, in either cafe, be llridly equitable i nor 
approach io near to llridl: equity, as a valuation 
accordmg to circumflance^, at the time of 

On thisy alone, an equitable diviSon of 
commc»nable lands can be made ; not with 
refpecl to la::d, only ; but with regard to 
every other fpecies of commonable p^/operty-. 
Whatever benefit the several in- 
terests, AND the individuals Op THE 



SURE, OR WERE, in reverfioUy rightfully 


BEFORE I take leave of this fubjedl, I 
will note the effeds of the three different 
means of Inclofure, which have been, in 
different townfhips, made ufe of, in this 
Diilrid: : namely, 

1. Inclofure by Exchanges, Sec. 

2. Inclofure by private commiflion. 

3. Inclofure by A6t of Parliament. 

I. Inclosure by Exchanges. In the 
northwefl divifion of the Vale, the common 
fields and common meadows have moftly been 
inclofed, progreflively, piece after piece ; 
either in the original flips, lingly , or more 
than one of them have been joined by pur- 
chafe, or by private exchanges between the 
feveral proprietors : by which means the 
whole of the appropriated lands of the town- 
fhips, in which this fpecies of Inclofure has 
taken place, have been, in procefs of time^ 
inclofed and held in feveralty. 

This method of Inclofure is attended with 
at leaft one difagreeable confequence. The 


92 I K C L O S U R E 3. 

common-field lands having lain principally 
in fingle ridges, fome of them, perhaps, near 
a milw in length, the Inclofures are badly 
proportioned. They are either too long for 
their width, many of them refembling lanes 
rather than fields; or, if cut into lengths, 
there are no driftways to the inner divilions : 
— beiides, much unneceffary fencing, with all 
its attendant evils, is by this mode of Inclo- 
lure incurred ; and what is yet worfe, each 
man's property is llill, perhaps, fcattercd over 
ihe townihip. 

Imclosure by private commis- 
sion. Some entire towniliips (except per- 
haps th^ unllinted commons), and many 
ftinted paihires, ht;ve been laid out by com- 
milnoners, chofen unanimoufiy by the fcveral 
intereils concerned, without foliciting the 
aflillance of Parliament. 

By this means, the dii'tincS properties are 
laid together, in well fized and well pro- 
portioned Inclofures, with proper roads and 
driftways ; and this without the expence, the 
inconveniency, or the uncertainty attending 
an application to Parliament. 

3. Inclosure by Act of Parlia- 
ment. Bv this expedient, the advantages 
abovementioned are obtained in their fulleft 

extent -, 


extent J but they are unavoidably burdened 
with a train of attendant evils, which render 
this mode of Inclofure much lefs eligible, 
than that of inclofing by general confent. 

T'i'^V, however, is frequently impradicable : 
obftinacy has its adherents, in every town- 
(liip i and where various interefls are con- 
cerned, as in the cafe of dividing unftinted 
commons, it is fcarcely poffible that every 
intereft, and every individual of each inte- 
reft ihould be of one mind. Therefore, 
without ycwd' exertion of legal authority, un- 
ftinted commons, in general, muft continue 
to lie open, 

' But it does^ not follow that, becaufe fomc 
is neceiFary, much fhould be ufed. It may 
be received as a found pofition, that in cafes 
where an Inclofure would be highly beneficial 
to a townflilp at large, a great majority of 
the individuals concerned would forward a 
meafure, evidently calculated to promote 
their own intereil: 5 provided they could ob- 
tain it by fome certain and known vi\t2^\%^ It 
is the idea of giving up a certainty for an uyi- 
certainty, of entering the lift of contending 
interefts, and of being outwitted or over- 
powered by their neighbours, which deter 
men, whofe fortunes are not defperate, and 



whofe difpolitions are peaceable, from en- 
gaging in contejis about Inclofures- 

At prefent, a notice of a petition to Par-^ 
liament, for the appropriation of unftinted 
commons, implies the war-hoop — havock ! — 
and lie's the bed fellow who gets the mofl 
plunder. And, until fome GENERAL 
LAW OF INCLOSURE be eflablifhed, this 
uncivilized mode of procedure muft necef-- 
farily continue. 

The multiplication of flatutes has ever' 
been fpoken of as an evil ; and though pub- 
lic ads may in general be meant, private 
bills may properly be included. There needs 
no apology, therefore, for venturing to recom- 
mend one A(5l of Parliament which would 
preclude the pafling of a thoufand. 

Parilli Bills of Inclofure mufl occupy much 
of the attendance of Parliament, and divert 
their attention from matters of more public 
importance. Belides, private intereft, al- 
though it may not be able to exert its influ- 
ence in Parliament at large, may be difficult 
to fhut out, entirely, from its committees : 
but what can lower the dignity of Parlia- 
ment more, than private interefl being per- 
mitted, in any way, to warp its determi- 
nations ? 


Yorkshire. %s 

SURE might be framed, to anfwer the piir- 
pofe of an equitable appropriation of com- 
monable lands, in a much higher degree, than 
has been, or perhaps ever can be obtained, by 
feparate bills, appears, to my mind, indu- 
bitable ; and why fuch a m.eafure has not 
long ago been adopted, would be difficult 
for any man, out of Parliament, to conceive. 

It would be improper, in me, to di(Ctate 
to Parliament, and might be wTong to offer 
my fentiments, too freely, in this place ; 
but having ventured to cenfure tlie prefent 
mode of Inclofure by ACt of Parliament, it 
is incumbent on me to convey feme idea, of 
what I conceive v/ould be an improvement. 

In every townfhip, four distinct in- 
terests claim a right of fharing in its com- 
monable lands : namely, lands, kcitfes, tithes^ 
and the lord]hif. The tv%'o former have a 
benefit in commons, in their open flate ; but 
the benefit of the other two arifes, folely, out 
of the Inclofure *. Hence it follows, that 


* The tithe of wool, lamb, and milk, only excepted; 
articles of fmall value, compared with the tithe produce 
erf" lands, in a ftate of cultivation. 

1796. If, in any cafe, as in the appropriation ofmarfhe* 
or fens, the eftimate value of the ti:r;i fhould be greater, 

9S I N C L O S U R E S. 

it is the confent and approbation vi the iv.o 
former interells, which ought to be obtained, 
previouijy to a change from the open to the 
inclofed ilate ; for the t\vo latter may be 
fuppofcd to be always ready to receive pro^ 
pofals for an Inclofure. 

It has already been feen, that when the 
tithe and the lordfhip are able to draw over 
to them a third interefl, they can gain the 
defired point. But the evil effecfts of Inclo- 
fiires, thus condudled, have alfo been feen. 
Therefore, in fixing a general rule, for the 


an Inclofure, the other interefls are more par- 
ticularly to be attended to. 

Were the lands and the houfes equally 
Situated, with refped: to the commons to be 
inclofed, a majority of each might be i^- 
ficient. But this not being the cafe, in any 
towniliip, a larger proportion feems necef- 
fary. Three fourths might, in many cafes, 
be too fmall ; but as Inclofures are, in all 
human probabilit}% beneficial to the public, 
it might hz impolitic to fix it higher. 


in the open than in the inclofed ilste, the owners of fuch 
tithes ought not only to have a difienticnt voice, but to 
iiavc a fuitjblc rccompence. 


thus it appears to me, that, in framing a 
general law of Inclofure, three fourths, in 
-vaiuey of the land, and three fourths, in num- 
her, of the houfes, with the confent of the 
lordof the foil, ought to be confidered as the 
requifite quantity of approbation. 

Authorized and guided, by a general law 
of this nature, the hvi'imtii of Inclolure would 
be fafe and ealy. Every man, before he fet 
out, would know, with certainty, his pro- 
portional fhare ; and the Adl would empower 
the feveral interefts to make choice of com- 
miffioners, to fecurc to them their refpedtive 

Numberlefs Inclofures remain yet to be 
made j and it were much to be regretted, 
that the attention of Parliament Ihould be 
fo unprofitably employed, and that the pro- 
perty of individuals fhould be fubjeded to 
fo much hazard, as it is to be feared they 
will be, while common lands are continued 
to be appropriated, by separate bills, 
without any established principles of 


Vol. I. H FARM 

* June 1796. During the laft feffion (1795-6}, a Bill, 
of the intention here propofed, was brought into Parlia- 
ment, by the Prefident of the Board of Agriculture. Bat 
Parliament being diffolved, before the BiU had pafied the 
lower Houfe, it now remains in fafpence, for the decilion 
of the new Piaxliament, 



which are now in common ufe, on this fide 
of the Vale, are chiefly, 
Deal : 
But there are other materials, which require 
to, be noticed ; namely. 
I. Stones. The flones, in ufe, are of 
t^vo kinds : freejlone and Ihnejione *. The 


• In the quarries froni which thefe materuls are drawn, 
the limeflone generally forms the upper ftratum, rifing to 
within a few inches of the furfiace. The foil, itfelf, is ge- 
nerally a limeftone gra%'d ; under which is frequently 
found a flratum cf thin flaielike limeftone, that incrcafes in 
thicltnefe, as the depth increafes ; from one to four or fix 
inches thick; lying, in general, loofe and horizontal. 
Thefe are the « walling ftoncs" ufed m the iaces of build- 
ings ; 


former being lefs perifliable, are ufed for 
foundations, coins, cornices, and the coping 
of ridges and gables ; the latter, being more 
eafily raifed, and requiring lefs labor in 
dreffing them for ufe, are, in farm houfes at 
leaft, generally ufed in facing the walls ; and 
when properly hammered, and properly 
forted, fo as to give the thickeft to the lower 
courfes, leflening the fize of the ftones, from 
iive or fix to three or four inches thick, as 
the building rifes, a much Jieater material 
cannot be employed ; nor, if kept free from 
conftant moifture, one which is more lafting, 
or which preferves the face of youthfulnefs 
fo long. 

2. Pantiles. Formerly, Jiraw and a 

hieavy kind o^Jlate were the common cover* 

ings ; but, of late years, pantiles have become 

Imiverfal, for ordinary buildings ; and blue 

Jlate for better houfes. 

In the fouthern counties, pantiles are con- 
fidered as an ordinary material : but the 

H 2 eftimation 

ings ; for which ufe, one of their edges is hammered into a 
bricklike form : an operation fomewhat tedious ; but not 
equal to that of chijfclling freeftone. Under the walling 
ftones, an irregular limeftone rock (of many fe^c in depth 
perhaps) is ufually found; and, under this, a bed of grit, or 
freeftone, of unfathomed depth. 



cftimation of them, there, arifcs from an im- 
proper method of ufmg them ; not from any 
intriniic demerit of the material itfelf, when 
properly manufactured. From London to 
Grantham in Lincolnfhire, fcarcely a roof of 
pantiles occurs : north of Grantham, they 
are become the almofl univerfal covering. 
They have two qualities fufficiently valuable 
to recommend them in any countr)' : cheap- 
nefs and li^^htnefs. 

Much, however, depends on the manufac^ 
turingy as well ai on the layingy of pantiles. 
If the materials be not fufficiently expofed 
to the adtion of the air ; or, if of diflimilar 
natures, though fufficiently tempered, they 
be not umtcd/uficientlyinto one homogeneous 
mafs, or uniform fubftance, the tiles that 
are made from them are liable to perifh ; not 
only before burning, as well as in the kiln, 
but after being expofed to the influence of 
the atmofphere, upon the roof of a building. 
Or, if the materials be good and well pre- 
pared, the moulds be truly made, and the 
moulding fkilfuUy executed ,—Mh if they 
be fuffered to warp in drying, or to twift in 
being fet injudicioufly in the kiln, they are 
wholly unfit to be laid on, as a covering ma- 
terial i and ever)' judicious workman refules 




them. Were workmen, in general, or thofe 
who have the fuperintendency of workmen, 
more fcrupulous, in this refpedt, than they 
generally are, manufacturers would be more 
diligent in their endeavours to approach the 
flandard of perfection -, by which means this, 
in many cafes, moft eligible covering might 
grow into univerfal eftimation. 

3. Deal. In a Diilrid, furniflied with 
three confiderable fea ports, and a river na- 
vigation, it is no wonder that deal fliould have 
been long in ufe, as a building material. 
Floors have been laid with it, for near a cen- 
tury ; and, of late years, it has been ufed for 
almofl every purpofe of building. Beams, 
joifts, and entire roofs, are now, almoft uni- 
verfally, made of fir timber. 

4. Bricks. Where ftones are far to be 
fetched, as towards the center of the Vale, 
bricks are become a common material. If 
brickearth be found near the fite of building, 
as it generally may in fituations where ftones 
are fcarce, clamp bricks are confidered,in this 
country, where coals may be had at a mo- 
derate price, as the readieft and (all things 
confidered) the cheapefl walling material, 

5. Cement. Formerly, ordinary flone 
buildings were carried up, entirely, with 

H 3 ** mortar ;" 


** mortar ;" that is, common earth beaten up 
with water, without the Imalleft admixture 
of lime. The ftones, themfelves, were de- 
pended upon as the bond of union ; the ufe 
of the " mortar" being merely that of giving 
warmth to the building, and a degree of fliir- 
nefs to the wall. 

The event, however, proves that walls 
built without lime have, in many inftances, 
Aood for ages. Even part of the walls of 
Pickering Castle, formerly elleem.ed a 
fortrefs of coniiderable ftrength, have been 
carried up with a cement, which, to appear- 
ance, feems little fuperior to common mor- 
tar : ncverthelefs, fuch is the eite(ft of time, 
upon walls which are expofed on every fide 
to the atmofphere, that they now hold to- 
gether with coniiderable tenacity. 

To this effecft of time ; or, more accurately 
fpeaking, to certain laws of nature which, in 
procefs of time, produce this eifecH" ; we 
ought, perhcip*^, to afcribe the ftonelike con- 
texture of the cements of ancient walls, 
rather tlian to any fuperior Ikill in preparing 

The citadel, or central ftronghold, of the 
fortrefs under notice, has been built with 
better cements ; which, however, vary much 



in outward appearance. One fpecimen, 
which I have collected, is a fmooth chalklike 
fubftance -, another, a coarfe rough mafs, com- 
pofed of fand and fmall gravel, with a fmaller 
proportion of chalklike matter. 

In the fofle, which furrounds the outer 
wall, lies a fragment (perhaps part of the 
parapet or embrafures of the outfide v/all), 
whofe cement has acquired a ftonelike hard- 
nefs, efpecially the part which is expofed on 
the outer furface *. 

I have beflowed fomc attention on the 
decompofition of thefe four fpecimens. The 
refults are as follow : 

Exp. I. Cement of Pickering Castle: 
—the coarfe?- fpecimen, taken from the ruins 
of the cetitral tower ^ 

In general appearance, it refembles dirty 
chalk, thickly interfperfed with fmall gravel j 
fome of the granules as large as peas. Its 
tenacity that of common writing chalk ; the 
afperities eafily broken off with the fingers. 
H 4 One 

* The age of this fortrefs would perhaps be difficult to 
afcertain. l^art of the outer wall was repaired and foms 
towers raifed by (I think) Edward VI. But when the 
parts, which are here the fubje6l of notice, were eredted, is 
probably uncertain. They are faid to be of very great an- 
tiquity ; and are worthy of the refearch of the Antiquary, 


One hundred grains, pounded, dried, im^ 
merged in water, and balanced together with 
the menilruum, loft in folution 2^i grains 
of air, and yielded by filtration 40 grains 
of reiiduum ; which afforded, by elutriation, 
35 grains of gravel and rough fand, and 5 grains 
of fufpendible mudlike rnatter : the folution 
yielding, by precipitation, 64 grains of cal- 
careous earth. 

2^ grains of fand and gravel, 
5 grains of filt, 

64 grains of pure chalk, 

1 04 grains. 
From this analyfis it appears, 

1 . That the proportion in this cafe (fup* 
pofing crude limeftone in lumps fit for burn- 
ing to be of equal weight with fand and 
gravel) was three meafures of unflaked lime 
in lumps, to two of fand and gravel. 

2. That the fand and gravel, in this cafe, 
had been '■joajljidy either by the brook, which 
runs at the foot of the Caftle mound, or more 
probably, by hand ; the proportion of dirt 
being fmaller than that which is generally 
found among drift fand. 

3. That the lime had not regained the 
whole of li^fxt air. The increafe of weight, 



which appears in the fynthefis of this experl-f 
ment, is a fufficient evidence, were it not 
corroborated, even unto proof, by the defi- 
ciency of air thrown off in the folutlon. Tq 
try whether the increafe, on one hand, and the 
deficiency, on the other, agreed as to quan^ 
tity, I refufpended 50 grains of the chalk 
obtained in this experiment : it loft exactly 
23 grains in folution; as 50 : 23 : ; 64 : 29!. 
Therefore, the increafe of weight, in this cafe, 
appears to be wholly owing to the deficiency 
of air. 

Exp. 2. Cement OF Pickering Castle; 
— -Jiner fpecimen of the central tower. 

General appearance that of ftale lime, run 
together with water, and baked to a cruft : 
almoft a pure white : furface rough ; fhew- 
ing the cells and the unbroken granules of 
the original lime. — Contexture, more brittle 
than common chalk ; full of pores j the ma- 
terials do not appear to have been well incor- 
porated, at the time of preparation. 

One hundred grains yield, in decompofition, 
twentyone grains of air. 
42 grains of whitifh grit, 

5 grains of fufpendible duftlike particles, 
56 grains of pure chalk, 

103 grains, 


Obs. Tiie refiduum, in this experiment, is 
evidently the powder cf freeftone. The par- 
ticles are fmall, and of irregular figures ; 
very different m appearance (when magni- 
fied) fi-cm common land. I >vas at a lofs to 
afcertain their nature, until pounding fome 
fireeftone, and wafliing it in the manner I had 
done the reiiduum, I found it to refcmble ex- 
a(5lly the fcrtytwo grains of wafhed grit of 
the experiment. It appears to have been 
pounded or ground ver)' Imall, and to have 
been ^ut through a fine fieve ; the whole 
being in a ftate oi grit ; no fi-agment fo large 
as a pin's head. 

It is obfer\'able, that the cement of this 
experiment is ii:eaker than that of the lal^ : 
but whether from the nature of the bdje, or 
from the -proportion of lime being lefs, or 
from the two united, is not evident. 

It is alfo obfervable, that, in the decompo- 
iition of this fpecimen, a urinous finell rofe, 
during the folution ; and that the edges' of 
the firft filter attract moifVure from the air. 
It is at prefent a practice, among fome plal- 
terers, to make yfe of urine in the preparation 
9f plafter. 

Exp. 3. Cement or Pickering Castle: 
taken, irom the ruins of the cid cuter it^all 



facing the northweft. Colle<fled in three or 
four different places ; a few feet above the 
foundation ; and moftly from the inner parts 
of the wall (where it has parted) ; not from 
the outer furface. 

Its appearance is that of fandy Icam, inter- 
fperfed with fpecks of chalk ; feme of them 
larger than peas, lis, fragility fimilar to thaf 
of dried brickearth. 

One hundred grains of this fpecimen yield 
thirteen and a half grains of air. 

30 grains of rough fand, and a few large 

37 grains of filt and fine fand, 

-36 grains of calcareous earth. 

103 grains. 

Obs. There are two caufes of the iveaktiefs 
of this cement : the fmall proportion of hme, 
and the impurity of the hafe : a heterogeneous 
mafs of fragments of various kinds, fome of 
them apparently gypfeous ; of fands of dif- 
ferent fpecies, principally of a cryfballine 
afpedt ; but chiefly of mere mud, or of land 
fo fine as to be impalpable between the fin- 
ders. It is therefore evident, that the' mate- 
rials, in this inftance, have not been iL-aJhed, 



Exp.4. Cement OF Pickering Castle: 
taken from 2l fragment in the northwefl cor- 
ner of the fofle. 

\n general appearance fomewhat refembling 
the laft noticed fpecinien ; but in contexture 
very different. The cruft of the outer fur- 
face, which has been expofed to the influ- 
ence of the ^tmofphefe, probably, during 
rnany centuries, has acquired almoil the 
hardnefs of limeftone: nor is any part of it 
to be broken with the fingers : neverthelefs, 
this fpecimen, alfo, is full of lumps of un- 
fnixed lime ; fome of them the fize of fmall 
hazel nuts, and, at the time I took the fpeci- 
men (the feafon wet), as foft almofl as butter s 
when dry, they are of the confiflency of very 
foft chalk. 

One hundred grains of this fpecirnen yield 
fifteen grains of air. 

8 grains of fragments, 

J 2 . coarfe fand, 

36 ' fine fand, 

3 of a fizelike matter, 

45 chalk. 

104 grains. 
Obs. The conftituent parts of this refw 
duum refcmble thefc of thq^ lafl fpecimen ; 



excepting the abfence of the mud, which has 
evidently been ivafied away ; and except- 
ing the prefence of a mucilaginous matter, 
whofe nature I am not at prefent able to 
guefs ; nor have I leifure, at prefent, to pur- 
fue the enquiry. 

Gen. Obs. i. All thefe cements, whether 
weak or ftrong, have laid hold of the flones 
with a degree of firmnefs proportioned to 
their refpeclive flrengths. Every crevice of 
the wall is filled with cement : the whole 
form one united mafs. 

Hence, it is more than probable, that thefe 
cements have been poured into the walls, in a 
liquid flate, in the ftate oi puddle -, and they 
appear to have operated, with refpedt to com- 
pa*£tnefs, as the puddle of the canal-makers. 

2. The fubjedls of Exp. 3. and 4. are 
ftrong evidences, that, in the preparation of 
thefe puddles, the antient builders were very 
deficient. Not more than half of the lime 
they contain appears to operate. The lumps, 
whether large or fmall, are more than wailed ; 
weakening, rather than ftrengthening, the ce- 

3. From the whole of thefe experiments, 
it is evident, that the feveral cements had ac- 
quired the principal part of their fixed air ; 

chief! V, 


chiefly, perhaps, after they were depoflted irf 
the buildings. The air in the flronger fpe- 
cimens hears a confiderable proportion to the 
entire quantity of cement ; and being infinii- 
ated, in the clofc ftate above-mentioned, may 
have added greatly to its compnSimfs, 

Hence, it is highly probable, that the 
Aonelike tenacity of old cements is cliiefly 
owing to the tranfmutation of lime and fand 
to calcareous earth and fand j — a fubftance 
refembling the original limeftone. 

On examining a wall, which has been built 
with loam alone, -without any admixture of 
lime, and which has probably flood about a 
century, I find that the loam has laid no hold 
whatever of the flones, and that time has 
made no alteration on its contexture. It is 
ftill the fame friable fubflance, it probably 
was, the day it hrfl: became dry in the build- 
ing ; without having the fmalleft appearance 
of acquired tenacity, obtained during the 
century of time it has been expofed to the 
influence of the atmofphere. 

It is therefore probable, . that the atmo- 
fphere imparts nothing, voluntarily, of a co- 
hefive nature to the mortar of walls which 
are expofed to it. 

But it is more than probable, that cement, 



Containing a portion of /me, imbibes from 
the atmofphere fomething, which gives it a 
degree of tenacity, fuperior to that which it 
had on its firft becoming dry in the wall • 
and it is a fadl, well eftablifhedy that lime 
begins to imbibe, the moment it grows cool 
from the kiln, t^at which the fire has de-- 
prived it of; namely, fixed air ; which fixed 
air being imbibed, after the cement is depo-^ 
fited in the walls, is, probably, a principal 
caufe of tenacity. 

This being admitted, it may fcem to follow, 
that the more quickly it is transferred from 
the kiln to the building, the greater portion 
of air will be imbibed, after it is laid in the 
walls, and, of courfe, the greater effedl will 
time have on the tenacity or cohefion of the 
cement : and hence, we might be led to in- 
fer, that, if the antients had any fuperior fkill 
in this matter, it confided in their hallening 
the lime from the kiln to the building. 

But, in pradice, it is obferved, that frefh- 
made mortar does not fet fo well, dees not 
cohere into a foft ftonelike fubitance, fo rea- 
dily, as that v/hich has been prepared fomc 
time before it be ufed. 

This fa(ft, perhaps, is accounted for in the 
lime having had, under this circumflance, 



time to lay hold of the particles cti fandy witll 
\\hich it is intermixed. 

But, on the fame principle, it feems to fol- 
low, that if the preparation be made too long 
before the m-Ox^tar be laid into the wall, it 
will have regained too much of its fixed air, 
to lay hold, fufficiently, oXxh^JioneSy or other 
materials, which it is intended to bind toge- 

Let this be as it may, it is common, in 
pra<5ticc, when mortar is not ufed, prefently 
after m»aking, to cover it up clofcly from the 
outward air. It is the opinion of a perfon^ 
who has paid this fubjeft confiderable atten- 
tion, that, if mortar be buried within the fur- 
face of the ground, it may be kept twelve 
months in perfecftion. 

The fame perfon, whofe penetration and 
judgment, in the few fjbjcdts he has more 
particularly employed his mind upon> are fu- 
perior to thofe of moft men, has ftruck out 
a new idea relative to \}i\t Jlaking of lime for 

Lime, whether it be intended for cement 
or for manure, ought to be reduced entirely 
to a ^ry po^'der. And, for cement, it ought 
to be mixed, in this ftate, evenly and inti- 
mately with the iand. 



It is difficult, if not utterly impofiible, to 
reduce lime entirely to poiuder, with water 
alone 3 fome part or other will always be 
fuperfaturated, and thereby be reduced to 
zpajie-y while the outfides, which are expofed 
to the atmofphere, will (unlefs the ftone be 
extremely^/f«£') fall in granules, not into pow- 

Every piece of parte, and * every granule, 
though but the iize of a pea or a muftard 
feed, is ufelefs, if not detrimental to cement ; 
for, with thefe, the grains of fand cannot 
be intimately mixed ; much lefs be coated 
with them ; as they may, and undoubtedly 
ought to be, with U?ne i?i powder. 

But if, inftead of water, wet fand be ufed 
in flaking the lime ; (piling it with the lime 
in knobs, layer for layer, and covering up 
the heap with it ;) thofe evils are avoided : 
no part is fuperfaturated, nor are any gra- 
nules formed by the adtion of the outward 

Belides, another grekt advantage is obtain- 
ed by flaking the lime, in this manner, with 
the fand with which it is intended to be 
incorporated. The two ingredients, by be- 
ing, perhaps, repeatedly turned over, and 
by palling through the fieve together, ne- 
VoL. I. I ceflTarily 


ce/Tarilv beccme intimatelv blended : more 
intimately, perhaps, than they could be 
mixed, by any other procefs, equally fimple. 
If the fand be ivajhed (and all fand mixed 
with lime for cement ought to be wafhed) 
the labor of preparation i?, by this method 
of flaking the lime, confiderably leiTened. 

But, in xh^ preparation of cement, slak* 
ING THE LIME makes only one flage of the 
mately, and uniting them clofely together, 
into one compa(ft homogeneous mafs, is an 
operation which requires the flrifteft at- 

We have feen the ufelefsnefs of unbumt 
lumps of lime in cement ; and the good 
efFedl o{ puddling cement has been at leail 

Compatinefs feems to be eflential to the 
hardncfs of cement. When mortar is laid 
on with the trowel^ it remains in the Hate in 
which it is laid, and does not run together 
into a clofe form, like melted metal or 


Much care, therefore, is requifitc, in the 
preparation of mortar for the trowel . Work- 
ing it, with the fpade alone, is infufficient. 
"Beating it with the edge of a board, a kind 



of wooden axe, is more efficacious, but is 
very tedious. Mills for the grinding of clay 
are common, and fufficiently effedtive of the 
purpofe intended : but a mill, for the grind- 
ing of mortar, I have not yet feen, nor have 
I ever heard of fuch a contrivance. 

6. Oak. This is, now, almoft wholly laid 
afide, as a material of the houfe carpenter; 
except for door and window lintels, wall- 
plates, and fome few other purpofes, which 
require ftrength and durability. The ports 
of Whitby and Scarborough take off the 
larger timber j and the refufe has, of late, been 
much in demand^ for the purpofe of inclo- 
fure. Deal has ofcourfe gained ground, as a 
building material. There are, however, 
fome few men, who flill retain a fufficient 
partiality for the oak, to ufe it freely In every 
fpecies of building, under a full perfuafion 
that, in the end, it will prove the chcapefl 

Having thus enumerated the materials of 
building, in moft common ufe in the Diilridl, 
I will proceed to give fom.e account of the 
BUILDINGS themfelves; and of fuch ope- 
rations, in rural architecture, as merit par- 
ticular notice. 

I 2 II. FAR- 


II. FARMERIES. The fplrit of im^ 
provement, which has fo evidently difFufed 
itfeif through this extenfive county, is in no 
particular more confpicuous, than in Farm 
Buildings; nor, perhaps, docs any part of it 
afford fo many ftriking inno^cations^ in this 
particular, as that which is under furvey. 

The Fancy Farm-Houses, which have 
been eredled in different parts of it, I pur- 
pofely pafs over. Tafle, whether true or 
falfe, mere ornament without ufe, is foreign 
to the prefent fubjeCl: and I have, in another 
work, profelfedly on the fubjecft of rural 
ORNAMENT, fpoken my fentiments freely, on 
ornamental buildings. 

In Rural Economy, llraight lines and 

rio-ht angles are firll principles, which can 

fehhm be deviated from, with propriety ; 

either in laying out a farm, or in planning 

Farm Buildings. 

Here, the great objetft is to obtain the de- 
fired conveniences, at the leaft expence, pre- 
fent and future taken jointly, fo long as the 
given conveniences may be required. To 
thefe principles w^e may venture to add,— the 
greater number of conveniences there can be 
included, in one building, the cheaper will 
thofe conveniences be obtained. 



There is a certain width, which can fel- 
dom be exceeded, with propriety, in Farm 
Buildings ; but the nearer this width is ap- 
proached, the greater quantity of conveni. 
ency will, in general, be obtained with a given 
expenditure. The long cube form, with the 
plain fpan roof, can never be difpenfed with, 
without evident impropriety, in conilrudting 
Farm Buildings. 

The number of Inclofures which have, of 
late years, taken place, and the fpirit of im- 
provement, which has gone forth upon the 
Wolds, have given exillence to farmeries 
of almofl: every form and dimenllon. 

The practice of houling cattle in winter, 
which will be fpoken to hereafter, requires a 
greater quantity of building, than that of win- 
tering them in the open yard. But the quan- 
tity of barnroom requiUte in this country, 
even on the ara,ble farrns, is much lefs than 
in the fouthern provinces, where barley and 
oats are harvefled loofe, and where the Ihovel, 
or the fail fan, is ufed in the drefling of corn. 
Here, corn is univerfally bound, and the ma- 
chine fan in almoft univerfal pradlice. fn 
Norfolk, one man exped:s a floor of fifteen 
feet by twentyfour to himfelf j here," two men 
wUl thrafh, contentedly, on a floor^ nine 
I Q feet 


feet by twelve ; ten by fifteen is a full fize4 

Such being the requifites of a Yorkfhire 
Farmery, it is no wonder that the new ones, 
which have been ere6led, {hould be compofed 
of a ftring of fmall buildings. They are 
generally fonned into a fquare, open to the 
fouth, in imitation of thofe of other countries, 
where cattle are wintered in the area between 
the buildings, not in the buildings themfelves. 

In one inftance, I have cbferved the cattle 
hovels fpun out, in fuch a manner, as wholly 
to inclofe the dung yard. But the hovels, in 
this cafe, were only fcven feet wide ; not wide 
enough for cattle to ftand acrofs them ; they 
being placed in them, lengthway, in pairs. 
The quantity of walling, the number of doors, 
&c. and the quantity of roofing, with the 
fubfcquent repairs incident to low flraggling 
buildings, render this, and every other plan 
which refembles it, altogether ineligible, in 
any Diftri6l where cattle are wintered under 
cover, Wide houfes, or open fheds, wide 
enough to permit cattle to ftand acrofs them* 
arc in many refpe(fts preferable. 

In oppofition to the Farm Yard laft men- 
tioned, there is, likewife in this neighbour- 
hood, an inflance of the entire Farmery (of a 



fmall upland farm) being comprifed under 
one roof! 

The fite is a long fquare. One end is oc- 
cupied' by a fmall dwelling place for a 
** hind," or bailiff; the ground floor of the 
remainder, by a flable and cattle houfes; 
over which are a barn and hay chamber; 
with a CHAMBER BARN-FLOOR ! a thing I 
had not feen, nor conceived an idea of, before 
I obferved it, in more inftances than one, in 
this Diftricl. 

This, juft noticed, is the only one I have 
feen, in a '/lew eredtion ; I have, however, 
had full opportunity of obferving the ufe of 
another, thrown over a cow houfe, in a large 
old building, which had long been ufed as a 
barn, flable, and bealt houfe. 

The advantages of a chamber barn- 
floor are drynefs, cleannefs from dirt car- 
ried in with the feet, and fecurity againil 
pigs, poultry, and various accidents, to which 
ground floors are more liable : for thrashing 
ii'/jeat upoi}^ chamber floors are obvioufly pre- 
ferable to ground floors y moll efpecially in 
low dirty fltuations. 

No effential difad vantage has yet ftruck 

me, refpedling a chamber thrafhing-floaar i 

but with refped^ to a chamber barn, 

I 4 there 


there is one which is obvious ; namely, that 
of having the corn at harvefl, a bufy feafon, 
to raife one ftory higher than ordinar}\ 

If a barn be built againft a rifing ground, 
this objeiftion fall?, in part, or wholly. Even 
on plain ground, it appears to me that (efpe-» 
cially where cattle are houfed) it would be 
groatly pverbulanced by the advantage of 
obtaining a fuite of flablcs, cart houfe, and 
cattle houfes, without the expence of roofing, 
in the firfl inftance ; and which, if fubftan- 
tially built, would laft for ages to come 
without repairs. 

The flooring of a chamber barn might, on 
the whole, be fomewhat more expenfive 
than that of a ground-floor barn ; but the 
thraihing floors, if of plank, would be laid 
cheaper, and laft much longer, in the former, 
than in the latter fpecies of building ; and 
the mow floors, if laid with clay on rods *, 
would foon regain their extra coil, in keep- 
ing the bottoms of the mows dry and fweet ; 
and in preferving it more fecure from ver- 
min, than ground floors generally do. 

It is not my intention, even to intimate, 
that in corn countries, fuch as Norfolk, 


• See tweRuhalEcokomy ofNoRioLK,Miv. 15- 

Y P R K S H I R E. 121 

Kent, and other DiArl^fls, where cattle are 
wintered in yards, that chamber barns would 
be univerfally eligible ; but, in a country 
like this, or in any country, or on any farm» 
on which grafsland predominates, and where 
the houfing of cattle is pradifed, I fee no 
fufficient objed:ion to chamber barn-floors, 
nor to entire chamber barns. On the con- 
trary, it appears to me, that, on fmall grafly 
farms, in low damp fituations at leaft, they 
would be found fingularly eligible. 

But although a ciofe yard is unneceflary, 
where cattle are houfed, a fmgle building, 
like that which was laft defcribed, is perhaps 
too iimple, to be altogether eligible ; efpe- 
cially in an expofed fituation, where foma 
degrees of ihelter ar'; requilite. 

Two buildings, properly placed, would 
give this neceffary Hielter ; one of them a 
barn, with offices under it ; the other, the 
dwelling houle, placed at right angles with 
the former : the two buildings touching at 
the corners onlyj forming two fides of a 
fmall yard with their ends, for hogs, poultry, 
^c. and a larger one with their fronts, for the 
dungpit, &c. with a fmall archway commu- 
nication between them. 

This, however, is intended by way of 



hint. To enter Into the particubrs of a 
plan, which I have not feen executed, would 
be breaking into the delign of the prefent 
work : neverthtiefs, it might be wrong to 
fupprefs'this idea (\shich ftruck me while I 
WAS iketching a plan of a Farmery on the 
above orincioles) with re^^ard to aspect. 

It is ufjal, in planning a farm yard, to place 
the main line of buildiiig with its front to 
the fouth ; in which cafe, two wings become 
necelTary to ikreen the yard from northealt 
and Dorthweft winds : and perhaps this has 
ellablilhed the common practice of incloiing 
a farm vard, on three lide?, with buildings. 

But if, inllead of the back of a building 
being placed to the north, the angle of two 
buildings were directed to that point, the 
yard would be moil elt*e^flually lk.reened from 
the north, the northead, and the northweft 
wind, without an unnecellary multiplication 
of low narrow buildmgs, to eke out a third 
iide with. 

On a capital corn farm, on which a num- 
ber of fubftantial buildings are required, 
three lines of building may be eligible ; but 
on any itnall farm, or on almoi'l any farm on 
which grafs lands abound, two lines of build- 
ing, forming a chcveron or carpenter's fquare, 



and placed with the angle toivards the norths 
would, In my opinion, be greatly preferable. 
Another idea in rural architecture, 
new to me as that of a chamber threfliing- 
floor, I have feen executed, in a fiibftantial 
manner, by two of the firft occupiers in the 
Vale; namely, a granary over a barn 


In all other barns I have feen, -the fpacc 
over the floor, whether this be large or fmall, 
and whether the building be low or lofty, re- 
mains entirely ufelefs *. The idea of occu-^ 
pying the lower part of this fpace with a 
cattle houfe, as well as that of filling the up- 
per part of it with ^ granary, have perhaps 
been originally and recently ftruck out, ia 
this countr)' -f*. 

In the two inftances in which I have feen 
granaries over barn floors, the joifts 
are fupported by t^vo beams, thrown acrofs 
the building, and the flooring of the granary 


* Except in one inftance, in which a very fpacious 
building having been converted i|ito a barn, joifts were 
thrown acrofs out of the reach of the flail, and the mows 
continued over the floor. 

t Since this was written, I have been informed, that, in 
fome parts of America, chamber barns, over cattle houfes, 
are in cqmmon ufe. 1796. 

124 i A R M B U I L D I N G S. 

let into ths walls, at the ends j fo that, not- 
withllanding the granaries may be furrounded 
with vermLi, they are, in a degree, fccure 
from their attack. 

In the floor is a trap door, \nth tackle 
over it, to raife and lower the corn from 
^^d to the barn tioor. 

The height, befA-een the fiOor?, is thirteen 
/cGt. This, in my opinion, is too great a 
height, T^'i feet high is the moft the flail 
rcq^uires * ; and ever}' inch abo^^ that height 
renders the gran^r}-, in many reipects, lefs 

Confining the duft, which always rifes 
more or lefs in thrashing, appears to be the 
enlyobiefliontoa barn-floor granary : 
I mean in a barn with pitching holes to hoiife 
the com at. Butif vENTiLATORsweremade, 
immediately under the granary floor, with 
valves to open or (hut as the wind (hould 
change, the health of the thra{h,er would» iii 
&I1 probability, be lefs injured, than it gene- 
rally is, by this laborious and unhealthful 

Indeed, in this country, where tall, wide 
folding barn doors are grown into difufe, 


* See NoRF. Ecos, MiH. 35. 


vent holes of this kind are, in feme degree, 
necefTary to every barn floor. Even upon 
the Wolds, a corn country, the ufe of large 
doors is declining : fome good barns have 
lately been built, with cotnttiOn-fized doors ; 
one at each end of the floor : opening, how- 
ever, in two parts, one above the other ; fo 
that the lower half can be fnut, to keep out 
pigs and poultry, while the upper one is 
opened, to let in light and air. 

This is a fortunate circumflance for the 
owners of landed ellates : folding doors, large 
enough to admit a load of corn, are expenfive 
in the firft inflance, and frequently require 
repairs ; befides the thrafhing floor, be it of 
what material it may, being liable to great 
injury, in the a<i^ of drawing- loaded waggons 
upon it. 

Indeed, throughout, the Yorkshire 
Barn is charadlerized by frugality. In Nor- 
folk, barns of one hundred and fifty to two 
hundred pounds coft are not unfrequently 
built : here, a very convenient one, and fuch 
a one as will fatisfy a good tenant, may be 
built for forty or fifty pounds. What a 
faving is this, upon a large eflate ! 

III. The OPERATIONS which require 
to be noticed are, 

I. The 


1. TTie method of laying pantiles. 

2. The method of coping ridges tud 

3. Eaves gutters. 

4. Water cil^erns. 

5. Painting window leads. 

6. Mortar floors *. 

I. Laying Pantiles. Formerly, it was 
tl^e pradice to hang pantiles upon the naked 
fpars, bedding their ends in mortar, and 
pointing them at the fides, to prevent fnovy 
and rain from being beaten through, between 

This method has t\vo evil effedls : lime 
is liable to expand, contra(fl, and perifh 
with the weather ; to which, in this cafe, it 
is fally expo fed. The confequence was, if 
the cement laid faflhold of the tiles, it broke 
them ; if not, it Aid from between them, and 
left the roof room expofed to the weather. 
The other bad efFedt of this method is, their 
being liable to be thrown off, in high winds, 
by the inward air being pent up, and finding 
an eafy paiTage through this flight covering. 

To remedy thefe two evils, it has, of late 
years, been the common pradice to " fheet" 


* Particij'ar5; which are intercfting to thofe, only, who 
pra^life in Rural Archite^urc. 

V O R IC S H I R £. i2j 

the roof; that is, to Interkth, with plaftering 
laths, between the tihng laths, and to covfer the 
entire roof with a /lieet of Hmc mortar : and 
over this, to lay the tiles on ** dry ;" that is, 
without bedding or pointing them ; being 
careful not to fufFer any part of them to 
touch the mortar : — to prevent which, thei 
moft effediually, a flip was nailed on, between 
the fpars and the tiling laths, to raife the tiles 
fufficiently above the fheeting. 

This method, which has been pra(5lifed 
fome fifteen or twenty years, has been found 
effecflual, againft the two inconveniences 
above mentioned ; but it has lately been 
found, that, in twelve or fifteen years, the 
laths begin to fail ; owing, it is fuppofed, to 
their being placed too near the outward air ; 
from which the lime alternately abforbing 
and imparting moifture, the laths become 
fubjeded to decay. I am rather of opinion, 
however, that this effe<ft is caufed by the 
tiling laths, checking the defcent of the rain 
or fnow water, which beats in between the 
tiles. Or it may be owing jointly to the 
two caufes. 

Be this as it may, an improvement has 
lately been ftruck out, which brings the art 
to as great perfedlion, perhaps, as it is capable 



of. This improvement confills in nailiri'g 
the plaftering ladis benedth, inftead of upon-, 
the fpars ; laying the main coat of plaftering 
ahrce the lath<;, between the fpars ; after- 
wards, fmoothing the under fide with a 
thinner ct)at. This method removes the 
cement from the more immediate adtion of 
the atmofphere, gives a free circulatiori to 
the air and tlie water (which may be beaten 
in) between the tiles and the plaftering; and, 
at the fame time, gives neatnefs to the room 
beneath 3 without the expence, or the in- 
conveniency, of a counter ceiling. 

There is one very great conveniency 
arifes from laying on pantiles dry. If, by the 
wind, or by accident, a tile be thrown off or 
broken, it may be replaced by a plowman, as 
well as by a profefled tiler : a conveniency, 
which upon a farm, perhaps at a diftance 
from workmen, is of no fmall value. 

2. CopiNGii. Kidge Tiles y being laid en- 
tirely on mortar, and being expofed in 
the fullell manner to the adtion of the 
winds, are very liable to be thrown off j 
as well as to be broken by the weather : it is 
no uncommon thing, in places where ridge 
tiles are ufed, to fee half of them difplaced 
or broken ; the heads of the fpars having 



nothing but the mortar to hide them, with- 
out any thing to defend them from the 
weather. The ill ccnfequence is evident. 

In this country, where freeftone which 
will fland the weather abounds, ridgb 
STONES are in common ufe. 

The form triangular ; the half of a long 
fquare, divided diagonally. The bafe or 
broadeft fide is hollowed, to receive the top 
of the tiles : the oppofite angle forms the 
ridge. The angles of the bafe are generally 
drefled off, to prevent the wind from laying 
hold of them ; and to give them a niort fnug 
and neat appearance. They are fet on with 
mortar, in the fame manner as ridge tiles are 

The coping of gables, let the walling ma- 
terial be what it may, is ufually of drefled 
ftone, fcipported, at the foot, by an orna- 
mental bracket of the fame ; projeifting ten 
or twelve inches without the lide walls ; 
giving a d-egree of lightnefs, and an appear- 
ance of confequence, to the building. 

The end of the firfl flone of the coping 
refts on this corner bracket ; the others, re- 
fpedively, on thofe next below them. 

There is an evil effect attends the common 

method of putting on thefe copings : the ends 

Vol. I. K . of 


of the ftones being ufually cut fquare, ancJ 
laid flufli with each other, to prevent their 
flipping, and to give them a fmooth uniform 
appearance, the: joints between them, when 
the mortar begins to fail, receive rain water, 
and condii(5t it into the end wall ; by which 
means their principal intention, the prefer- 
vation of the wall, ;s rendered defedlive. 

To prevent this effedt, I have obferved, in 
a few inftances, an ingenious expedient prac- 
tifcd. The upper ends of the coping ftones 
are pared down, to about half their common 
thicknefs (as from two inches thick to one), 
with a flope, futiicient to give defcent to 
water, when they are laid upon the gable : 
and the lower ends have notches cut on 
their under fides, to receive the reduced 
points of the upper ends, about an inch be- 
neath them. 

By this expedient, the water is effe^ually 
<Tot rid of, without endangering the firmnefs 
of the coping ; but fimplicity being, by this 
means, dlilurbed, the eye is difpleafed, with 
what however is, upon the whole, a very 
valuable improvement *. 


* Perhaps, giving the upper ends of the ftones, a wedge- 
like form, and cutting bird's mouths in their lower ends, 
to receive tl:c points, would be aa improvement. 


On this fide of the Vale, the Morelands 
afford, in great abundance, ilones well fuited 
to thefe purpofes : but, on the Malton fide 
of the Diftridl, freeftone is lefs abundant : 
neverthelefs, fuch is the conveniency of in- 
land navigation, the Defwent brings a fup- 
ply of thofe ufeful materials, ready dreffed, 
and fitted for ufe. And now, when inland 
navigations are become fo prevalent, there is 
fcarcely 1 diftri(fl in the kingdom, which 
might not be fupplied with them, from one 
place or other, at a moderate expence *. 

3. Eaves Gutters. The troughlets 
made ufe of to catch rain water, dripping off 
the eaves of roofs, are ufually formed by nail- 
ing two narrow flips of board together : but 
eaves troughsj made in that manner, are 
liable to warp, and become leaky at the joint ; 
^ — the bottom ; — the mdft effential part. 

Here, they are pretty univerfally hollowed 

out of a triangular piece of -ivood, -^vfith. a 

round-mouthed adze. A piece, fix to eight 

inches fquare, flit diagonally, affords two 

K 2 triangular 

* The price of the ftoncs, which are raifed near Leeds, 
and carried, by water, down the Air, and up the Derwent, 
to Alalton, are as follow: Ridge Jiones fifteen pence a yard, 
or five pence a foot : Copings the fame price: Brackets tw© 
ibillings and fixpence each. 


triangular pieces fit for tTiis puqDofe. Ths 
hollowing is not a work of Co much labor 
as theory may fuggeft. They are ufually 
made of deal. Gutters thus made are iliffer, 
and more eafily fupported, — are lefs liable to 
warp, and much lefs fubje(5t to leak, — than 
thofe made in the ufual manner. 

4. Water Cisterns. In Surrey and 
Kent, there are inftances of wells, three 
hundred feet deep. The expence of tackle, 
and tlie expence of labor, in railing water, 
for Q\try domelHc purpofe, and frequently 
for the ufe of flock, from this intolerable 
depth, would, it is natural to imagine, have 
long ago driven the inhabitants to feme ex- 
pedient, for collecting rain water : yet llill 
they draw water out of the bowels of the 
earth j or, in very dry feafons, drag it per- 
haps three or four miles, uphill, in water 
carts ! 

In the ifland of Bermudas, and in fome of 

. the Weft India iilands, the inhabitants have 

{generally fpeaking) no other frefli water, 

than that which they colle(fl from the atmo- 

fphere, in tanks; and it is ftriking to fee the 

• fmall quantity of colle<!^ing furface, requifite 

to the fupply of a family, with this neceffary 

'*'^kment ; a furface which is finali, in com- 



parifon with the roofs of a middle-llzed farm 
houfe and offices. 

In this Dillrict, in which water cifterns 
are growing into general ufe, efpecially in 
upland fituations, I have feen an inftance 
where the dwelling houfe, alone, affords 
more than a fufficiency of water, for every 
ufe of the family. Nor is it the conveniency 
of having a conflant fupply of water, always 
at hand, which alone conftitutes the utility 
of water ciflerns. Rain water, preferved in 
quantity under ground, is pure and palatable 
in a fuperior degree : cool in fummer, and 
warm in winter. It is particularly grateful 
to cattle ; efpecially when they are ill : and 
it is highly probable that, as a menftruum of 
aliment in general, it is the mofl %vholefome 

Thefttuation of a water ciftern is generally 
under the kitchen, or in a vacant corner of 
the yard, near the kitchen door. 

The forms of water cifterns are various. 
The deeper they are funk, the better they 
keep the water. 1 he cube is perhaps the 
moil convenient figure j but a double cube 
would perhaps keep water better. A cif- 
tern nine feet cubical would contain twenty- 

K 3 i^ytn 


fcven cubical yards, or about ninety wine 
hogsheads of water. 

The materials of water ciflerns, in this 
Difi:ri<5l, are clay, bricks, and tarras. 

The method of making has lately received 
a confiderable improvement. When the art 
was lefs known, than it is at prefent, an irre- 
gular hole was dug ; the determinate figure 
of the ciftern being given by the walls ; be- 
hiiid which the clay was ramined. Now, the 
intended form of the ciflern when finifhed, 
is given to the excavation ; whpfe fides are 
fquared and pjummed, with the exadtnef^ 
with which a wall is carried up. On this 
wall-like face of the excavation, the clay is 
laid plafier-ivife with a trowel, coat over coat, 
two or three inches thick -, and againft this 
firm even face of plallering, the brick work 
is raifed. The bottom is, or ought to be 
m all cafes, bedded with three or four inches 
thick of ftrong clay, beaten into a fmooth 
even waxlike fubflance. On this flooring of 
clay, a double floor of brick is laid ; and, on 
the margiii of this, the fide walls are carried 
up, half a brick thick. The bricks are, \ 
believe, invariably laid in tarras. 

The covering is fimilar to that of a well ; 
with a pump, or a roller and bucket. The 



latter, perhaps, the more eligible ; efpecialiy 
if the admiffion pipe were carried down to 
near the bottom of the cill:ern ; by which 
means the water, at the furface, would always 
remain undifliurbed and pure. 

5. Painting Window Leads. This 
is not introduced as a thing of importance : 
but the pradice feems to be peculiar to this 
cou^tr)^ It gives a degree of neatnefs plea- 
fing to the eye ; and the paint is faid to be a 
preferver of the lead. The color invariably- 

6. Mortar Flooiis. A new fpecies of 
cottage flooring has lately been thought of, 
and is now pretty commonly formed, in 
this neighbourhood. 

The materials are lime and fand ; mixed 
in nearly the fame proportion, and prepared 
in the fame manner, as the common mortar 
of bricklayers ; except, that for forming 
floors with, it is generally made flronger, 
and is always made up fofter, than it is ufually 
done, for laying bricks in. 

The yncthod. The bed being prepared, 
the materials are carried on, in pails, in a 
Hate between pafte and batter ; laying them 
on four or five inches thick, and about one 
inch higher than the intended height of the 

K 4 floor ; 


floor ; to allow for the fettling, in drying. 
The whole being well worked over with a 
fpade, the furface is fmoothed with a trowel ; 
and, as it dries, is beaten, repeatedly, with a 
flat beater, to prevent its cracking ; the work- 
man, in this operation, {landing on planks. 

A fortnight or three weeks of dry weather 
will render it fliff enough to walk upon. 

If, after the laft: beating, crofs lines be 
deeply graven on the furface, a floor of ce- 
ment has the appearance, as well as iht ufe-f 
fulnefs of a freellone floor. 


IN DISTRICTS abounding with upland 
grafs, we may expccl to find artificial 
DRINKING PLACES foF the ufe of pafl:uring 
Aock. But no I^iflri£t in the kingdom will 
gratify our expedtations fo fully, in this ref- 
pe(fl, as that which is now under obfervation. 



111 tliis country, there are three fpecies of 
ATti^cial watering places ; 

1. Made Pools. 

2. Made Rills. 

3. Field Wells. 

I. MADE POOLS. The art of "pond, 
making" ranks among the moll uieful arts 
in Rural Economics. In many high Htua- 
tions, no other expedient can be pradtifed, 
with propriety-: rills cannot be railed, nor 
wells lunk and worked, but at too great an 
expence, for the purpofe of watering flock. 

On the hills of Surrey and Kent, ponds are 
made to hold water, tolerably well, with 
chalk, beaten firmly together * : and in 
Norfolk, I apprehend, they have been for- 
merly made v/ith marl. In all countries 
where unfathomed beds of clay are common, 
drinking pools fufficiently retentive may, at 
a fmall expence, and without much art, be 
formed ; and are, in general, fufficiently 

But the art of niaking retentive pools, 
with CI. AY, in loofe alforbejit foils, is a recent 


* Experiments have, it is laid, been tried with chalk, 
upon the Yorkfhire Wolds, without fuccefs; owing, 
probably, to the too great hardnels of the Wold-challc. 
A dudlile foft chalk is fitted for this purpofe. 


difcovery, which has been hit upon in this 
Diftri(ft ; in which it has made a rapid pro- 
grefs, and is now in univerfal practice, among 
farmers of every clafs. Indeed, lor a country 
like this, where upland foil is kept princi- 
pally in grafs, it may well be confidered as 
the moil: valuable difcovery which has lately 
been made in Rural Economy *. 

There is little difficulty in making a pit 
hold water, with clay alone ; provided it be 
kept up full to the brim ; but once emptied, 
its rctentivenefs is loft. There are two caufes 
of this lofs of rctentivenefs: — the cracking 
of the clay by drought ; and its being liable, 
whenever the water fublidfs, and even per- 
haps when tilled, to be perforated by "Jiiorms ; 
which convert the bafon into a filter, and 
for ever deltroy its retentivenefs. It is 
therefore neceffary, that thofe two enemies 
Ihould be guarded againil:. 

To guard againll: the latter, a coat of lIiME 
is fpread, under the clay : above it, a coat of 


* Francis and Robirt Gardin'er, well-diggers 
and hfli-pond makers, of Driifiild, are entitled to much 
more than the credit of this difcovery. The York Agri- 
culture Society voted them a premium of ten pounds: 
were the Nation to grant them ten thoufand, it would not 
\>c mo:e than they merit. 


EARTH j and, over all, a covering of stones 
is laid ; for the double purpofe of guarding 
againfl drought, and for preventing the feet 
cf cattle from injuring the clay ; which 
alone is the caufe of retentivenefs ; and on 
the proper ordering of which the art princi- 
pally depends. 

But many other particulars are requiiite to 
be known, before the art can be fufficiently 
underllood, to be pratftifed with certaint}', 

1 . The Run, or collecting furfacc, 

2. The Refervoir. 

3. Liming. 

4. Claying. 

5. Covering. 

6. Time of making. 

7. Coih 

I. The Run. A bare firm iurface, as a 
road, colledls the greateft quantity' of water. 
A gfoffy Jurface retains the rain water which 
faHs upon it, and which, in level iituations, 
is condudledinto the foil, by wormlioles and 
other inlets, v/ith which graisiand generally 
abounds ; efpecially in fummer, when a col- 
ledlion is of the greatell: value. However, 
if the fubfoil be retentive, ditches, efpecially 
of arable inclofures, will frequently afford a 
fupply, even in fummer ; but, in an upland 



SITUATION, where the fiibfoil is generally 
ublorbent, a road, or an artificial run, be* 
comes neceflary. 

In upland Diftridls, as the Wolds of York- 
(hire, and the Downs of Surrey and Kent, 
the furface is generally broken into hill and 
dale, and diverfitied by fmaller vallies and 
inequalities. In fituations of this kind, 
ARTIFICIAL RUNS are moft wanted, and 
maybe mofteafily made. I have ittw fome 
faint attempts at making them, on the Wolds 
of this Dill:ri£t, by cutting a few grips, with a 
fpade, above the refervoir ; but they were too 
few, too ihort, and too feldom fcoured, to 
anfwer, in any confiderable degree, the in- 
tended pu^pofe. They, neverthclefs, ihewed 
plainly enough, the utility of channels for 
catching hafH^fhowers, falling on grajfyjlopcsy 
oiF which a confiderable quantity of water 
will efcape, provided there be channels, at 
proper diilances, to receive it. 

To reap the greatcft benefit from an arti- 
ficial run, and to make it with the greateft 
cafe, — form the bafon at fome confiderable 
diftance from tlie head of a valley; from 
which, down to the relervoir, open a main 
I hannel, by two furrows of a plov/, turned 
€utward. From this main llem, plow lateral 



branches, with an cafy defcent towards it, 
along the iides of the Hopes, by iingle 
furrows, turned downhill ; by which means 
the plowing will be rendered ealy, the chan^ 
nels made free on the upper fides for the ad- 
miflion of water, and high on the lower fides 
for retaining it. 

The plow would not belefs expeditious, in 
fcouring, than in making the channels : or, 
perhaps, a more fledge-like implement would 
be iHll more effectual, than the plow, in 
clofing the filfures and wormholes, which 
prefently are fonned in watercourfes laid drv s 
and which, if left open, abfcrb an incon- 
ceivable quantity of water, before they be 
faturated ; efpecially if the current of water 
be retarded, by grafs, or other obftruclions. 

2. The Reslrvoir. The Jituatlon of 
the refer voir depends principally on the run. 
Near the lide of a road is, in general, the 
moft delirable fituation ; provided a fufficient 
defcent can be had, from the road to the 
refervoir. Roads leadinp- alon^ the fides of 
flopes can only afford a fupply to the grounds 
on their lower iides. But, in this country, 
when a road leads dovim the defcent, it is 
generally furnifl:ied,on both fides, with ponds; 
fome of them, perhaps, not having more than 

a hundred 


a hundred ynrds of run, off a narrow ro?d 
way; y"t, from that fmall quantity of furface> 
are fufficiently fupplied with water. 

In ihtfitucztion of a pond, there is one thing 
requifite, which does not fecm to be attended 
to, even by the mofl fkilful in the art. The 
requifite I fpeak of is that of admitting a 
wafte-vvater place, on the upper fide of the 
refervoir, to prevent the water, when the 
pond is fall, firom running through it; by 
which means it becomes fihed up, unnecef- 
farily. For the n»Lture of foul water is fuch, 
that, whenever it changes from a current to 
a ftaj^nant ftate, it der:ontes a coniiderable 
part of its foulnefs ; fo that the water, which 
leaves a full refer\'oir, is finer, than that 
which enters it ; the fediment of courfc 
being left behind in the refervoir. Where- 
as, if the current into the pond were to ceafe 
when the pond is fufficiently filled, the 
fediment of the overplus water would be got 
rid of. The pond would receive, in this cafe,- 
no other foulnefs, than that which was given 
by the ouantity of water, requifite to fill it *. 


• A Cx^^X C.^.TCFl Pool, between the run and the 
refervoir, would arrcft rr.uch of the foulnefs of water, col- 
]t€tii funi z road; and, in a fituation which could admit 



I'be form of the refervoir is, univerlally, 
that of a iliallow bafon, or more ftridly 
fpeaking, that of a flat cone inverted j the 
lides {helvino; flrai^ht from the brim to an 
angle or point, in the center. If the exca- 
vation be made fixty feet diameter, its greatefl 
depth is about feven feet : if forty feet dia- 
meter, the depth is about five, — before the 
coats of clay, &c. be laid on *. 

The firfl bulinefs, in Jetting out^ refervoir, 
is to take the level of the lite, and drive piles, 
as a guide in forming the banks, and in 
making the conducing channel, and wafle- 
water place. 

If the iituation be on ^ijlope, the excavated 
mold is ufed in forming the bank, on the 
lower (ide : if nearly levely the mold requires 
to be removed, or (if laid round the edge) 
the conducting channel to be raifed. 


of it, v/ould be worth the trouble of forming. In many 
fituations, the mud it might collect, would amply repay the 
expence of forming it. 

♦ A refervoir fet out twentytwo yards diameter, by 
feven f;et deep, u-ill, when finifhed, meafure about fixty 
feet by fix, and will hold about two hundred and ten cubical 
yards, or neir feven hundred hogfheads of water. Forty 
feet diamrter by four feet deep, when finifhed, contains 
fixtyrwo cubical yards, or two hundred hogfti. "ads (oflixty- 
three gallons, wine meafure). 


- If clay or llone be excavated, it is laid 
leparateiy afide, to lave carriage. 

If the lower lide be railed with the exca- 
vated materials, they ought to be firmly 
worked together, or fhould He a fathcient 
time to fettk ; otherwil'e, the fide, thus 
formed, is liable to fettle, after the refervoir 
be nnimed ', by which means cracks are 
formed, and a mifcarriage enfues. 

The excavation having received the in- 
tended form, its fides are made firm and 
finooth, for the reception of the lime. 

•3; Liming. The ule of lime being 
mefelv that of preventing earth worms firom 
perforating the coat of clay, the proper quan- 
tity depends, in fome meafure, on the nature 
of the foil. A fat rich earth, among which 
worms alv»ays abound, requires more than a 
dead hungry mold, or a dry ilonev bottom j 
on which retentive pools are faid to have been 
made, without lime. However, as no foil, 
perhaps, is entirely firce from thofe enemies 
to ponds, it would be folly to rifque a mif- 
carriage, in any fitua^ion ; as the expence of 
liming makes but a fmail portion of the 
whole expence. 

The only preparation of the lime is that of 
flaking i:, and picking out the cores; no 


Y O R K: S H I R E. ifS 

fifting or fkreening being, in general, ufed ; 
though obviouflv uleful. 

It is ufually laid on with a fpade or fhovel j 
but a fisve wouldj perhaps, be found, by 
the inexperienced, a better tool ; and the 
extra labor no objedt. 

The thicknefs of the coat, laid on, is about 
half an inch. Half a chaldron of lime is 
fufHcIent to complete a pond of forty feet 
diameter. The principal part cf it is kid 
on, beneath the clay ; a few bufhels, only, 
being referved for fcattering round the edges, 
to prevent the worms from getting ifito the 
clay *. 

Vol. I. L 4. Clay- 

* A ftiU more fecure, and, on the whole, a more eli- 
gible method of liming has lately been thought of, and is 
now (June 1787) in practice, at Lockton (in this neigh- 
bourhood) by the CommiiEoners of Inclofure, in making 
PUBLIC DRINKING POOLS, for the ufe of the to'.vnfhip. 
Inftead of fcattering the lime,- in powder, it is formed, 
with fand, into mortar ; a regular coat of which is fprcad, 
about an inch thick, not only beneath, and zt the edges of 
the clay, but over the entire fufface. This is an obvious 
improvement, which appears, to human forefight, to bring 
this method of forming pools near to perfeftion. The 
clay becomes cafed, on either fide, with a regular coat of 
cement, and is thereby fecured, in perhaps the completeft 
manner poflible, from the attack of worms. The labor 
and expence, however, is by this method increafed. A 
pOnd, riineteen feet diameter, took two chaldrons anJ a 



4. Claying. In this operation, the 
manual art, and the labor, principally center. 

Upon the Wolds, clay is ibmetimes fetched 
fix or feven miles j and is feldom found 
at hand, in fituations where artificial pools 
are moll \^'anted : the carriage of the clay, 
therefore, generally becomes a heavy article 
of expence. 

The choice of clay is thoucrht to be lefs 
efl'ential, than the working of it. Good 
ponds are faid to have been made with com- 
mon loamv moid ; but it is wron^ to depend 
-< ' or 

on any thing, but a ftrong dudiile clay, if it 
can be had, within a moderate diftance. 

The thicknefs of the coat, now pretty gene- 
rally laid on, is about five or fix inches, in 
the rough ; beating it down to about three 
inches. In the infancy of the art, two coats 
of»clay, of about that thicknefs, were laid 
on ; but one coat has been found efFe(flual, 
and much lefs expenfive. However, it is 
probable, it will not rrove fo durable. 


half of lime, arid five Dnall cart loads of f^md. Both the 
materials were fifted, and worked up, In ihe ufual w^y. 
Into mortar. Great caution is neceUsry in laying on the 
clay, in this cafe. If the mortar do not lie fome time to 
ftiffcn, the clay difplaces it : if it get too dry before it be 
covered, it is liable to craclc. 


THe method of beating will be difficult to 
defcribe i yet it moil elpecially requires de- 

The drier the clay is worked, the lefs 
liable it will be to crack with drought, when 
fihiflied. In a dry feafon, however, it is 
necelTary to moiften it : for which purpofe 
the center of the pit is fometimes finiflied, 
firft, to colled: the water of fliowers ; the 
carriage of water being, in fome cafes, ex^ 

In laying on the clay, the workmen begin 
at the bottom of the pit, and work upward ^ 
laying patch after patch, or circle after 
circle, until the brim be reached \ taking 
great care not to carry on fticks, ftraws, dirt, 
or any kind of foulnefs, among the clay, or 
with their feet; and being careful not to 
difplace the lime, in throwing it on : to pre- 
vent which the lime is not fpread over the 
whole, at once •■, but is fcattered on, as it is 
wanted to be covered with the clay. 

A plot of clay laid on, and adjufted, it is 
beaten flat, with a wooden " mell," or beetle, 
made, at prefent, of thefe dimeniions : the 
head fourteen inches long, and three inches 
diameter ; the handle four feet long, and 
fuited in thicknefs to the hand of the work- 

L 2 man. 


ftian. Beetles of difTerein fizes have been 
in ufc, in different ftages of the art ; but none 
of them have been found to be fo well 
adapted to the operation, as that in ufe at 

The fird operation is performed with the 
fiJe of the beetle, to level the protuberances, 
and fmooth the rou^hneffes, fo as to make 
the whole into a regular flieet of an even 

This effecfled, it is Aruck, forcibly, with 
the en^ of the beetle, which is driven down 
nearly, but not quite, to the lime ; leaving 
the furface full of fomewhat honev-comb- 
like cells or dints. If the beetle be ftruck, 
unguardedly, quite through to the lime, a 
piece of clay, and a little lime, if required, is 
carefully placed in the breach, to prevent a 
defedt, in the part thus injured.' 

The whole being gone over, in this man- 
ner, with the enJy the furface is again levelled 
down, with the J:Je, of the tool ; the work- 
man walking backward. 

The next beating is with the enJ, but not 
quite fo deep as before ; and the roughneffcs 
being again levelled with the JlJe, it is again 
worked over with the en^ ; but iiiW fhallower 
than in the middle beating. 



The firft ftrokes with the end of the beetle 
ought to clofe the bottom of the clay, firmly, 
with the lime and the bed on which it is 
fpread ; — the fecond ought to unite the 
middle of the clay with the bottom ; — and 
the lall to clofe, without a pore, the upper 
part with the middle j — and the laft ftrokes, 
with thtjide of the beetle, ought to be fuffi- 
ciently forcible to clofe, entirely, the dimples 
formed by the laft-given flrokes with the 

If thefe feveral operations be thought infuf- 
fiCient, it is continued to be worked with the 
end and fide of the beetle, alternately, until 
not a flaw can be found ; the entire coat of 
clay being manufactured into a lead-like flieet, 
firm enoucjh to bear a man without an im- 
prelTion, and a horfe without injury *. 

c. Covering. The firil coat is of com- 

mon earthy to affift in keeping out the 

drought, and to mal^e a bed for the ftones i 

to prevent their afperities from piercing, and 

L 3 thereby 

* When two coats of clay were in ufc, the upper one 
was laid upon the rough furface of the laft end-beating ; 
by which means the two coats became, by the fubfequent 
beatings, incorporated in one thick fheet. A fubftantial 
method, .this, of which the prefent -cippears to be rather a 
refinement, than an improvement. 


thereby injuring, the fheet of clay. This 
coat may be three or four inches thick, ac- 
cording to the nature of the ftoncs with 
which it is to be covered. If thefe be large 
and irregular, mere earth is requifite, than 
when thf ilones are fnnall, fnr.ooth, or flat. 
The leaneft mcft infertile foil is fitteft for 
this purpofe. Worms and weeds are 
equally to be feared ; and a rich foil is 
genial to both. In this point of yiew, two 
coats of clay are much preferable to a coat 

•- of clay, and a cent of rich mold. 

Pondmakers feem not to be fufficiently 
#ware of the mifchievoufnefs of weeds : in- 

^ deed, fome ponds will remain, for feveral 

• years, in a manner free from them. But I 
have feen others, in which weed?, even docks 

» '(near the edge) have grown luxuriantly. It 
•ns probable that the tap-rooted weeds ilrllvC 
throiigh the feveral coats ; and, whenever 
the roots decay, a perforation mufl be left. 

iSlold taken from a drv found hi;2:hland 
fituation is, in all human probability, lefs 
liable to propagate aquatic weeds, than the 

earth of a low fituation or a bog *'. 


• I have obArved an LngCiious and fioiple mediod of 
kecpmg the weeds under ; efpccially at the edges, where 



The mold being rendered level and fmooth, 
ih^jiones are laid 011 : firlt covering the mold* 
with the larcreil:, laid with a flat iide down- 
ward, to prevent their finking down to the 
clay ; and upon thefe laying Imaller, until 
the coat be made five orlix inches thick *'. 

A PAVEMENT would be a more regular 
covering; and, if the ftones were fet in lime 
and land, would not only prevent worms 
from getting into the mold, and upp^r fide of 
the clay, v/hen the pond happened to be 
dry ', but would, in all probability, prevent 
ivecds 'y and, Vv'hen the pond required to be 
cka7icd irom. mud, would be a recrular floor to- 
work upon. 

The only objection I have heard made to 

PAVING the bottoms of ponds, is, that it 

would be a temptation to cattle to go into 

L 4 tjie 

they arc gene.r.illy mo'l abundant. Though all the fides of 
a drinking pool be open, cattle will go to particular places 
to drink J and, in thele places, the weeds are trampled upon 
and killed. Therefore, to check the ranked, |he parts 
which arc moft free are covered wieh thorns, while thofe 
which are weedy arc left open, for the cattle to drinlc at. 

* Sir::zv has been ufed between the clay and the ftoncs ; 
and, in the inftance (mentioned in a foregoing note) in 
which an improved method of liming was pra£lifed, a layer 
of thick y^A war, laid, grafs-fide downward, upon the lime ; 
aj>^, upon the uds, about fix inches thick of loofo flones. 


the water, in hot weather ; and, by ftanding 
thefe, would not only foul the water, but in 
time tread up the pavement, and injure the 
cliy ; whereas fliarp loofe ftones prevent 
their going farther than the edge. If the 
ilones made ufe of in a pavement were fuf- 
iiciently large, the latter part of the objection 
would fall ; and whether cattle ftanding in a 
peol, in fummer, be detrimental or beneficial, 
may be a difputable point. 

However, whether or not the infide of the 
bafon ought to be paved, the rim ihould 
certainly be i^fbroad fmooth caufeway, with 
a gentle grafly llcpe from it ; efpecially on 
the lower fide ; that the cattle may approach 
the water, without wading in dirt, to the 
injury of the bank ; and without having 
fharp loofe ftoncs to walk and fj:and on, while 

A drinking pool, formed by a fkllful 
artift, full to the brim, free from weeds, and 
finooth round the tdgc, is, in a green paf- 
ture ground, as agreeable an object, as the 
eye can be entertained with. 

(). Season of making. Autumn is cf- 
teemed the bell: time. Drought and froft are 
both enemies to new-made ponds. In au- 
tumn, drought has genernllv abated, and a 



rufficiency of rain water may be expefted in 
this feafon, to fill them before froll:s fet in. 
A covering ol Jlraiv over the ftones is the 
ufual guard againfl the extremities of fea-^ 

If a refervoir be formed in a llope, where 
the lower fide requires to be raifed with loofe 
earth, it ought (as has been already intima-. 
ted) to remain a conilderable time to fettle, 
before the coatings be put on : otherwife, it 
is liable to fettle afterwards, and crack the 
clay. I have^feen an inftance of mifcarriage 
through this neg-led:. If there be much 
made earth requifite to be raifed, the excava- 
tion ought to be formed, twelve months be^ 
fore the claying be done, 

7. ExPENCE. Although it is now twenty 
years fince the difcovery was made, the art is 
iHll partially hid under the veil of myftery ; 
and is not yet become familiar to common 
farm laborers. In this neighbourhood, ponds 
llill continue to be made, by men from the 
Wolds 'y all of them, in reality or pretence, 
pupils of the firfl inventor5. 

Thefe men generally work by the grois ; 
the price being in proportion to the diame- 
ter : but they feem to have no regular method 
pf calculation. 



Ten pouTids were given, and may now be 
considered as a medium price, for twenty 
vards diameter * ; forming, claying, covcr-f 
ing, and, generally, digging the clay, indu- 
ded : all carriage and extra labor being done 
by the empkyer. 

A circle twenty yards ic diameter contains 
in its area 314 fquare yards. TKcrefore, 
each fquare yard oijurficf coils, at this price, 
it ven penceha lipenny. 

The folia contents of % cone, whofc bafe is 
6c feet diameter, and whofe height is fix 
feet, is 209.4. cubical 3-ards ; each of which 
cofts, in the above inftance, elevenpence - 

Five pound? have been given for a pond, 
twelve yards in diameter : which is tenpence- 
halfpenny, each fquare yard oi furface ; and, 
fuppofmg it four f<et deep, tv»o ihiilings 
each cubical ^'ard of water. 

Three guineas were given for forty feet 
diameter, and four feet deep, tlie excavation 
having been prcvioufly foniied. This may 
be called four pounds for the grols ; which 


* In the cajiv -cLyi of the ari, and irh-:n two cccs af 
c'ay were ufcd, iweji'.v pounds vrzrc givm {z(r pond* of das 


is about fevenpence a fquare yard of fur> 
face ; or fifteenpencehalfpenny, each cubi- 
cal yard of water. 

The men, in the laft cafe, earned about 
three ihilHngs and fixpence a day, without; 
extraordinary exertion. In the firft mention- 
ed inftance, the fame workmen did not (ac- 
cording to their own affertion) make more 
than two (hillings and fixpence, a day. But 
a large pond gives longer employment ; and 
the bufinefs of pondmaking being uncertain 
and inconftant, travelling workmen can 
afford to make a large pond at a cheaper rate, 
than a fmall one. 

The curve fuperficiesy or fuperficial contents 
oithtjidcs, of a cone twenty yards in diame- 
ter at the bafe, and rwo yards high, is about 
320 fquare yards. This, in making a pond 
of thofe dimenfion^. is fbe quantity of coatings 
for each yard of which near 'jid, was given 
in the lirfi inilance, and lefs than 'jd. in the 
laft. Sixpence each fquare yard of furf ace to 
be coatcd^may perhaps be taken as a fair medium 

To afcertain the quantity of coating, to be 
done, mxcafure the exacft circumference or rim 
of the pit, when finally formed and adjufted 
for claying : this dimenlion multiplied by half 



the length (or depth) of the fide (meafurlng 
from the brink, down the flope, to the cen- 
ter) is the quantity of fjrface to be clayed and 
coated. The digging would (under this 
mode of calculation) fall proportionally hea- 
vier, on a large pond, than on a fmall one ; but 
this would be counterbalanced by the advan- 
tage abovementioned. 

The quantity of clay ufed, in the firft in- 
ftance, was about forty cart loads, fetched 
about three miles ; in the lall:, about fifteen 
loads, fetched one mile. The quantity of 
lime, in the former cafe, one chaldron ; in the 
latter, half a chaldron. 

From the fum of thefe particulars, it is 
plain, that the larger the pond, the lefs, in 
proportion, is the expence. A refervoir, to 
contain two hundred cubical yards of water, 
requires little more than three hundred fquare 
yards of coating j whereas one, to contain only 
lifty yards of water, would require one hundred 
and twenty yards of coating : ccnfequently, a 
cubical yard, of the former, would only coft 
(at ninepence a yard for manual labor, ma- 
terials, and carriage) eighteenpence ; while 
the fame quantity, of the latter, would coil 
near two fhiliings and fixpence. 

The UTILITY of Drm king Pools requires 



not to be dwelt on : but the superiority of 
pools, made in the manner above delcribed, 
to thofe which have formerly been made, bv 
fome other art, or which have been formed 
by nature or accident, may with propriety be 
mentioned. During the dry feafons which 
have prevailed of late years, it has been ob- 
ferved, that newly m^ade ponds retain a fupply 
of water, when the waters of other ilagnant 
drinking places are dried up. This can only 
be accounted for, perhaps, by their ptrftO: 
retentivenefs, and by their being free from 
weeds, which convert to their own nouriih- 
ment, and throw off daily by perfpiration, a 
great quantity of water. Upon the Wolds 
their excellence was moll: confpicuous :^ 
while one man was driving his ftock, three or 
four miles to water, his neighbours, who had 
" made ponds" upon their farm.s, were free 
from this fericus inconveniency. In many , 
fituations, artificial Drinking Pools may repay 
the expence of making, the Rrd dry feafon. 
Driving ftock to diitant water, in hot weather, 
and in a bufy feafon, is an expence, and a 
detriment to the flock fo driven, which it 
would be difficult to eilimate. 

General Observations. — On exa- 
mining ponds, in this neighbourhood, which 



have been made fome years, tlie evil eftecb 
■of ccrjcring ivith hofc ftoncs is evident. 

For one, two, three, or more yards round 
their cdgeSj according to the time they have 
been made, the ufe they have been Hable to, 
and to the fteepnefs of their lides, — the ftones 
are entirely difplaced, or trodden into the 
clay ; which is, by this means, expofed to the 
feet of cattle, and to the open attack of 
drought and worms. For a wliile, the clay^ 
even thus expofed, prcfer\'es its retentive^J 
nefs ; hut, in time, it is deftroyed, and the 
moft valuable part of the pond entirelv loft. 

This etfevll is fo probahle, fo evident to be 
forefeen, that, en iirft reflection, it feems afto- 
nifhing fo unfuitable a covering lliould be 
univerfally adopted. A cattle, when it goes 
into a drinkiniT pit, necelTarily throws the 
chief part of its weight upon its fore feet ; 
which, in the acft of drinking raoft efpecially, 
are placed, as for the intention of forcing, 
w'hatever they ftand on, down the flope, 
toward the bottom ci the pit. Upon loofe 
flones, laid on a fteep furface, cattle cannot 
make a ftep, or move a foot, without pro-« 
ducing this efFecft, in a greater or lefs degree ; 
and, by repetition and length of time, the 
entire coat (except fome few which happen 



to be trodden into the clay) muil, in the na- 
ture of things, be forced into the center. 

But this practice, evidentl)' abfurd as it un- 
doubtedly is, in this Diftrid:, was firil efta- 
bliihed upon the IVoIdsy whoit (lone is of a 
perilhable nature ; a fpecies of tv^^/^ ; which, 
on being expofed to air and water, and to the 
treading of cattle, unites into a cement ; 
which, forming a regular caling, preferves 
the clay from injury, for a conliderabie length 
of time. Loofe chalk as a covering was, there- 
fore, a crood thought of the iirfl inventors (in- 
deed upon the Wolds there v/as no alterna- 
tive) ; and it is not to be wondered at, that 
their pupils, moftly day laborers, fhould imi- 
tate the pi-a(flice, in this country, by making 
ufe of ly)Je [tones. 

Periihable or fcftjrones of any fpecies, a 
ftrong rough gravely or tv^nfandy would, I 
believe, be better than loofe hard unperifliable 

But, in this neighbourhood, where ftcnes 
of various kinds abound ; or, in any country* 
where ftones of a proper fize can be pro- 
cured, at a moderate expence ; there appears, 
to me, to be no choice, with refpeft to cover- 
ing. A regular firm pavement, flrong 
enough to bear flock witho!>t an impreflion, 



would lafl through ages ; and although t^ic 
expence, in the firll: inAance, would be fome- 
thing more than that of loofe ftones, its dura- 
bility would, in the end, doubly repay it. 
Even the Wold oonds, which have been 
made, fifteen or twenty years, are many of 
them beginning to fail, and will, in a few 
years more, require to be freili coated : 
whereas, a pond properly paved would, in all 
human probability, remain perfect, for at 
lead a century. 

There would be an advantage of a paveix 
pond, which may notflrike ever)' one. The 
clay and its coverings, while the pond is 
filled with air, appear to be a firm folid mafs, 
which wouH require a great power to dif- 
turb it. But the pond being filled with 
li'ater, the texture of the clay is changed, and 
the relative gravity of all the covering ma- 
terials ccnfiderably altered. They no longer 
adhere to the bottom with the fame firmnefs, 
nor, in fz^, lie upon it Vv'ith the fame weight, 
they did before the \v ater was let in. For iff 
inftead of ftone, the clay had been covered 
with blocks of wood (for inilance), whofe 
fpecific gravity was lefs than tliat of v.'ater, 
they would have rifen to the furface, and 
have left the clay wJiolly expofed : even 



flones themfelves lie, in water, with little 
more than half their weight, in air. 

This propenfity in the covering materials, 
when covered with water, to rife towards the 
furface, and the ftate of foftnefs which the 
clay is reduced to, by a free communication 
with the water, render them very liable to be 
difturbed by thefeet of cattle ; while fubter- 
raneous watery after heavy rains, may infi- 
nuate itfelf beneath the clay, and not only 
difturb the lime, but raife up the clay, and 
afBft in rendering the coatings ftill lefs firm ; 
or, in other words, in promoting the general 
tendency of the- whole, to form an artificial 
. quickfand, or quagmire. 

But if a pond were properly paved, while 
the coats were yet in a firm folid ftate, the 
pavement, being an inverted dome, and act- 
ing as an arch agaihft their upward ten- 
dency, would preferve them, in that ftate, fo 
long as the arch itfelf ftiould remain per- 
fed: ', which would, of neceffity, be until the 
ftones were worn cut, or the foundation on 
which they refted ftiould give way. For the 
preffure of the feet of the cattle being di- 
rected towards the center, would v^t\iQr Jiiffhi 
than weaken the arch * ; while the fwelling 
Vol. I. M of 

* Hpnce, the deeper the fides of the Pool, the Jlronger 
the pavement. 


of the clay and the foil (if any), with the 
water which would of courfe filter through 
the pavement, would afilft in promoting the 
general union. 

If irregular rough pebbles were ufed, the 
ftattefl ends ihould be placed downward, to 
prevent their injuring the clay, and the 
points upward, to prevent the cattle from 
Hiding into the pond while drinking ; as well 
as to prevent their fVanding upon tiiem, after 
their thirfl were quenched. 

But ftones hammered into a long-cubical 
form, like the Scotch flones now ufed in 
paving the ftreets of London, would make 
the firmeft pavement ; their upper edges cr 
ends being left rough, for the purpofes lait 

It appears to me, that a well made pond, 
paved in the workmanlike manner, in which 
the ftreets of the metropolis are now in general 
paved, muil of neceflity remain perfe<ft, until 
an eruption of the earth, or a general dilTo- 
lution take place : provided the rim were, from 
time to time, repaired, to prevent the feet of 
cattle from breaking up the edge of the bafon. 

II. iMADE RILLS. The heights of the 
northern margin have neither fprings nor 
rivulets (fome very few inftances excepted), 



lior any other natural waters, than the brooks 
which wind at the bottoms of the deep vallies, 
that divide them -, and the rivulets which 
generally run at the feet of the precipices, 
that terminate them. 

Formerly, thefe brooks and rivulets were 
the only refources which the villages, that 
are fcattered on thefe heights, had for water, 
both for the ufe of cattle, and for domeflic 

In procefs of time, wells were funk; but 
they are of fuch a depth, as to make the 
labor of raifmg the water, little lefs than that 
of fetching it, from a moderate diftance. 

This kind of natural neceffity has led to 
an expedient, which, though not new in prin- 
ciple, is perhaps entirely fo in fimplicity of 
execution, and might be pra<5tifed with great 
advantage, in many fimilar fituations *. 

The moreland mountains rife generally 
with an eafy afcent, from the beds of the 
rivulets laft mentioned, to a height much 
exceeding that of the hills to be watered ; 
and frequently abound with fp rings, almoil 
to their higheft fwells. 

M 2 Thefe 

* 1796. This was written, before I had feen the 
" potwater leats" of Devonlhire. See West of Eng- 
land, art. Farmeries. 

t64 drinking places. 

Thefe fprings arc colle(fled, and conilu(fted 
by a narrow channel, down the llope of the 
mounuin lides, and along the Blcc of the 
precipice, until the fummit be gained -, the 
waters being thence conveyed to the place or 
places dclired. 

In PLANNING an artificial rill, a level, and 
fome little knowledge of the country, are the 
requilite guides. The furveyor begins at 
the place to which water is required to be 
brought ; and afcertains the lowell: part of 
the brink of the precipice, from which water 
can be condu(fled. The face of the preci- 
pice is traced in like manner ; and, if necef- 
fary, the afcent of the moreland hills ; until 
fprings, or their natural rills, can be com- 

If his level bring him to the bottom of 
the fteep, ibon enough to catch the rivule: 
which runs at its foot, thQ work is readily 
completed. If not, he goes above its high- 
eft bend ; generally to the head or higheft part 
of the valley (between the heights and the 
morelands) and winds along the fide of the 
oppofite fwell, to fome more elevated iburce. 

If, when he arrive on the n:creland hills 
(or by in obfer\'ation from the top of the pre- 
cipice) he find that nature does not furnifli 



the rcquifite quantity of water, high enough 
to give the neceflary fall, the intention is of 
courfe fruftrated. 

In EXECUTING an artificial rill, opening 
a (hallow channel, of a width proportioned to 
the quantity of water to be conduced, is the 
principal operation. In making ftagnant 
pools, we have found, that much art is ne- 
celTary to make them retentive ; but, in 
formino; the bed of a rill, no fuch art is re- 
quiiite. It is the nature of running 'waters 
to render the furface, on which they run, 
firm and retentive. Sand is, I believe, the 
chief material ufed in forming the channels 
of thefe rills ; and this only in places, where 
an open rock, or other porous ftratum, is 

Much, however, depends on the quantity 
ofy^//, and the quantity of water. If the fall 
be but little, and the quantity of water, at the 
fource,be fuch as not to admit of much wall:e, 
grea; care is requiiite, in forming the bed of 
the iiii. 

The FALL is regulated, in a great degree, 
by the quality of the ground. On good 
ground, the channel is nearly level. Over 
faulty ground, the water runs with a current j 
for the double purpofe of getting quickly 
M 3 over 


over it, and rendering its channel the moi^c 

The principal enemies of artificial rills 
are leaves, in autumn, and fnows, in winter. 
To remove the obftruflions, which thefe not 
unfrequently caufe, and to repair fuch 
breaches, as time will always make in the 
works of art, a fuperintcndant is neceflary tp 
every artificial rill. 

The Rill of Kirbymoorside is, I be- 
lieve, the largefl, and was the iirft, which 
was brought upon thefe Heights*. Since 
the introduction of this, feveral others have 
been raifed j and fome few unfuctefsful at^ 
tempts have been made : the channel was, 
in one inflance (that oi Newton) extended ^ 
confiderable way before the impracticability 
of completing it, at a mo4erate expence, was 
difcovered j a piece of mifcondudl: which 
nothing but a want of accuracy, in the ufp 
of the level, can lead to -f-. 

^ Th? 

♦ This rill was brought to the villages of Gillimore 
and Fadmore, near forty years ago ; and has been extended 
to Kirby, about thirty years, — by Joseph i'oRD ; a fcif- 
taught engineer, of great i-gei uity and fome j udgment } a 
man to whum the country owes much. 

f The mifcarriage, in this cafe, was not owing to a 
want of elevation in the fource, but to a depreflion of the 


Y O R K S PI I R E. 167 

The Jirfi cofi of the Kirby rill was not, 
altogethT, one hundred pounds. The dif- 
tance, about ten miles : watering (befides 
the town of Kirby) tv'o villages, and a line 
of cultivated waterlefs upland country, about 
four miles in length. 

Befides the iirfl: coft, which was raifed by 
fabfcription, a superintendant has ten 
pounds, ayear, for keeping it in repair, and 
free from obilru^ions ; which yearly falary 
is paid by the voluntary contribution of the 
perfons benefited ; each being rated agree- 
ably to the eftimated benefit received *, 


channel at the foot of the fteep ; the head of the valley (if 
fiich it may be called) being lower than the top of the pre- 
cipice, at the given point. This fhevi's the neceflity of 
tracing the entire channel, with fufncient accuracy, before 
any other expence be incurred. 

In the cafe of Kirby, the channel is raifed, fome feet, by a 
bridge-like mound of earth, tl^rown acrofs the crown of the 

The fame mpund ferves the purpofe of condu£ling ano- 
ther rill, acroft the fame difficult pafs ; from whence the 
Kirby rill takes an eaftward, the rill of Wellburn (applied 
principally to the watering of pafture grounds) a weftward 

* In a bill, which is now before Parliament, for inclofing 
the commons and remnant common fields of the townfhip, 
a claufe is wifely inferted to eftablifn a legal ajfejpmnt for 
the prefervation of this rill. 


III. FIELD WELLS. The fkirtsof the 
margin, formerly arable fields, but now 
grafsland inclofares, were, on their being 
inclofed, equally dcflitute of natural and ar- 
tificial watering places. Water for flock, 
however, was in a degree necefTary j but 
the art of pondmaking was not then known, 
Wells were therefore funk : the depth, 
twenty to thirty feet, according to fituation. 
The water is raifed, either by a pump or by 
a roller and bucket. The receptacles, ftone 
troughs. Sometimes the well Is funk in 
the line of a fence, fupplying two fields with 

In Situations which are low and flat, yet 
dry, pools are difficult to be filled ; and wells 
of courfe more eligible. They are readily 
funk, and feldom dry, in fuch fituations. 



THE SPIRIT of improvement has, in np 
particular, made greater exertions, than in 
the FORMING OF RoADS. Within my own 
•emembrance, all the roads of the Dillridl 



lay in their natural form ; that is, in a ftate 
of flatnefs, in flat lituations ; or in hollow 
ways, on the acclivities of hills. Now there 
is fcarcely a flat road, or a hollow way, left 
in the country. The more public roads, at 
leaft, are now univerfally barrelled-, the 
banks of the hollow ways havinf{ been thrown 
down, and the flat roads raifed into a con- 
vex FORM. 

Formerly, the floughs and inequalities 
were filled up, with a foft fort of gravel ; 
wliich, being foon reduced, or finking in the 
mire, on v/liich it was laid, only added to 
ihe quantity of dirt, and the heavinefs of the 
road. Now, the univerfal covering, on 
this fide of the Vale, is limestone, broken 
into fmall pieces, affording a rough but 
durable road. . 

But notwithftandinfj thefe exertions, and 
the quantity of labor and money which have 
been expended on thefe alterations, the roads 
are ftill far from being commodious, or even 
fafe. The fame folly of doing over ?nuchy 
which difcovers itfelf, too plainly, in the 
roads of almofl; every Difi:ri(Sl of the kingdom, 
is here m.anifefl:. 

Roads can fcarpely be raifed too little : a 
gentle defcent for rain water is all that is 


ire R O A D S. 

rcquifite or ufeful, and conftitutes the fole 
intention of raifing them. And the only 
drain, the fide of a road requires, is a mere 
channel, with outlets, to prevent the water, 
thrown oft by the road, from colledling by 
the fide of it. 

Therefore, in forming a road, all the 
preparation requifite (previous to the cover- 
ing) is to form fach a channel, on either fide, 
by paring down tlie outer edges of the Jite ; 
cafting the foil upon the margin, or carrying 
it off, for fome ufeful purpofe. Not a fpade- 
flill of earth fhould be thrown into the middle 
of the fite, except to level inequalities. The 
cowcexity (the llope formed by the paring on 
either fide excepted) lliould be given, en- 
tirely, by the fbones or other hard materials \ 
v/hich ought to be laid on '2, firm furnace. If 
the fite be naturally unfound, the foil ought 
to be removed, or to be made firm by undcr^ 
draining. For until a firm foundation 
be obtained, it is highly imprudent to be at 
th-=: expence of laying on a covering. 

Nevcrthclc fs, a general method of rai- 
sing Roads, in this and almoft every other 
reclufe Diflridt, is to dig a deep ditch on either 
fide ; to cafl the loofe earth into the middle 
of the fite -y and, on this, to ^'^^^ z narrow 



fjtgh riJge of hard materials. The tKtCt. is, 
earriages being necelTarily confined to one 
track upon the ridge of the road, the materials, 
which are not preffed into the loofe dirt 
beneath, are foon cut through, by the wheels 
of carriages always paffing in the fame ruts ;— 
through which, the artificial bog, below, 
rifes to the furface. 

The method of repairing is equally 
erroneous. Inftead of the ruts being clofed, 
by pecking in the ridges on either fide of 
them, or by filling them with ^ifeiv additional 
ilones; the entire road is covered with a 
thick coat: and fo often as frefh ruts are 
formed, fo often is this expenfive, and there- 
fore doubly abfurd, method of repairing 
repeated ; until having laid coat over coat, 
and piled ton uponton,unneceirarily,a mound 
of earth and ftones, refembling the roof of a 
houfe, rather than a road, is formed. 

The FORMING andREPAiRiNG of Roads 
incur a heavy tax, on landed property ; and 
the SAFETY of roads is a matter of public 

Some years ago, the Legiflature paid con- 
fiderable attention to this fubjed:, and ex* 
tended their authority, perhaps, as far as 
could be done, with propriety. 


172 ROADS. 

It might be difficult, perhap?, to frame "t 
-general tais^y for the forming of Roads ; bcw 
cauie different fituations require difterent 
FORMS. In low fituatioD?, a common dram, 
or a ditch, by the fide of a road may be ne- 
cefiary ; but, in abforbcnt upland fituations» 
i^either of them are admiliible : the road 
ought to fall, gently, to the foot of the 
HEDGES AXK, on either fide, when it leads 
through a lane of a fuitable width ; or, to 


(with the parings of the road) tor the pur- 
pofe, when the lane is too wide, or the road 
pafies over an open country. In low retentive 
fituations, where deep drains are requifite, 
iJTriilar n:!Ounds ought to be formed, as 


them ; openings being ir-ade, at proper dif«- 
tances, tor the railage of the wster colle^cd 
by the road. 

The CONVEXITY of a road ought to be 
fuch as will throw off the rain water, which 
falls on it, without endangering, in any dc« 
gree, a top load. 

Before a top-heavy load can be ozcr^ 
turned^ the entire weight mull be thrown 
upon the wheel or wheels of one fide ; con- 
fequently, the nearer it approaches to the 




dangerous eqiiipoife, the greater injury the 
road will receive. 

Thu3, fuppofe a loaded waggon to weigh 
two tons. Upon level ground, each wheel 
would iullain half a ton j but, upon a (helving 
road, fteep enough to bring the load to the 
equipoife of overturning, the entire weight 
would reft upon two wheels, only ; each of 
which would, in this cafe, fuftain one ton ; 
confequently, if we reckon preiiure as injury, 
the damage done by a carriage, at the point 
of overturning, is twice as much, as that 
which is caufed, by the fame carriage, en 
level ground ; and the nearer it approaches 
to one or the other of thefe extremities, the 
more or lefs injury the road will fuflain by it. 

Nor is the injury, the road itfelf is fub- 
jed:ed to, the only evil effed: of afteep-lided 
road. The ADDITIONAL friction which 
is thereby caufed, between the inner naves 
of the wheel and the body of the carriage, 
&c. (or between the iron work which feve- 
rally belongs to them) gives an addition of 
rejiftance to the team ; whofe extraordinary 
exertion^ on this account, is at once injurious 
»to themfejves, and to the road. 

Moft of the ROADS about the metro- 
polis^ and many parts of the GREAT isORTH 


174 ROADS. 

ROAD between Gunnerby Hill, in Lincoln- 
fhire, and Ferrybridge, in Yorkfliire, are, 
for road furveyors, proper fubje(!3:s of ftudy. 

The furveyors of roads. In general, are as 
uninformed, or as inattentive, about the re- 
pairing of roads, as they are about the form- 
ing cf them. 

Ruts are the principal enemies of a 
barrelled road. On a waved road they ferve 
as condudtors to convey off the water : but, 
on a convex road, the defcent of the water 
ought to be, immediately, from the crown 
to the channels on either fide. 

The great art, therefore, in the manage- 
ment of CONVEX ROADS, is to form them, 
in fuch a manner, as to prevent ruts, as much 
as pofTible ; and, if they appear, to be at- 
tentive in doifig them away, before any ma- 
terial injury take place. 

The obvious method of preventing 
RUTS is to keep the road low, at the crown, 
and guarded, at the edges ; fo that even top 
loads may be drawn over every part, with 
conveniency and fafety. 

Upon the roads above fpccified, it would 
be ditticult to endanger the moft top-heavjf 
load ; except by running wilfully upon the 
hedgebanks. Every foot, from fide to fide, 


Y O R K S m il E. 


is fravelable road-y and every part impartially 
travelled over. 

On the contrary, upon the roof-like roads, 
of this and other countries, the driver of a 
top-heavy load dare not leave the top of the 
ridge ; and the drivers of loads which lie 
lower, for a variety of reafons, follow the 
beaten track : even horfemen, who are 
timorous, are afraid to leave it ; and thofe 
who are not fo, purfue it for obvious reafons ; 
no other part of the road being beaten, or con- 
venient to travel upon. 

Of a road, proptrly formed, the immediate 
channel on either lide (being a fpecies of 
ivajly^ay) is frequently the cieanell:, firmeft, 
and, if freed from ftones and other obflruc- 
tions, the pleafanteil: horse path. But 
who, poflefTed of common prudence, would 
ride upon the tender brink of an unguarded 
ditch ? 

The effcdl is notorious : horfes, and car- 
riages of every kind, are equally confined to 
the fame narrow track, upon the ridgi: ; 
frequently confiding of two ruts and a middle 
path, with no better quatcring, for horfes 
which draw double, ihaa there is in a narrow 
by lane, or over a rutiy common. 


176 k O A D S. 

The method of KEEPING convex roads 
IN REPAIR is not to permit them to be worn 
into ruts and holes, until they be impallable, 
and then to load the whole furface, found or 
unfound, with a thick coat of materials ; but 
to pay, from time to time, due attention to 
the wearing of them. 

Ruts and hollows, which are yet too fhal- 
low to require to be filled in, flioulJ be 
opened, on the lower fide, to prevent water 
from (landing in them ; but thofe, which are 
too deep for this operation, fhould be levelled 
in, without lofs of time. 

Upon fione roads y this may frequently be 
done, by collecting loofe ftcnes, and chipping 
off the neighbouring protuberances (equally 
tfangerous on the furface of a road) and bund- 
ing them in the hollows to be filled up ; thus 
removing two principal evils of ftone roadsy 
in doin^ awav a third. 

• But 'additional materials being, in many 
Cuif^s, requifite, tliey ought to be laid ready 
in proper recefies ; for the purpofe of level- 
ling irrequalitics^ as fzi\ as they are made ; 
srid thereby preventing the evil effecls of the 
^orft ?nerr>v ''^T p v^^^ ^^'in "^ ^?;.^, — fr.ivJ- 



The road between Lvnn and Wilbech, 
over the marllilands of Norfolk, is formed 
entirely of y?//, a fpecies of fea mud, fo fine 
as to be fcarcely palpable ; neverthelefs, 
with the precautions of keeping the furface 
free from fianding 'water, and oi levelling in the 
ruts and hollows^ with a ho^yfofaft as they are 
formed, \t is, in wet weather, one of the fineft 
roads in the kingdom. 

I have obferved, in other parts of the 
ifland, roads^ covered with nothing but com- 
mon fa}idy kept in good condition, by the 
fame eafy means. And the roads, which 
have been held out as patterns, are all 
managed, whether oi gravel or of Jione, in a 
iimilar way* 

Indeed, all well manao-ed turnpiice 
JiOADS have men conjlantly employed upon 
them, for the purpofe of repairing fmall 
breaches, in order to prevent large ones ; and 
every township ought to employ a no ad- 

more days, in each week, throughout the 
year, for the fame excellent purpofe. 

Inftead of exhaufting the whole of the 
ftatute duty (as it is called) in laying on coat 
upon coat, at fome certain feafon of the year, 
and letting the roads lie until the return of 

Vol. I, N that 


that feafon, zs~ much r-glc<n:ed as if they did 
not belong to the tovvnlhip ; — llich parts, 
only, as are worn too thin, ihould be covered : 
a futficiency of materials being referved, and 
diltributed in the moil convenient manner, 
for repairing occalional breaches. 

Before I dole this fe(ftion, two particulars 
require to be fpoken to : 

The width of roads ; and 

The height of hedges on the fides of roads. 

The Road Ads, pafled in the thirteenth 
year of the prefent reign, order, that every 
" horfe or driftway" {hall be made eight feet 
inroad', and every " cartway" leading to r. 
Ir.arket town, ihall be twenty feet broad; 
that the laiw of ever)' ** highway" fliail be 
thirty : and the Icjie of every ** turn pike 
read" fliall be fixt}" feet i::ide -, without fpe- 
cif}'ing any particular breadth of tra- 
Vexable road. 

In ibme few lituations, as in the bottom 

*of a narrow valley, between two lianjinj 

\\T)od?, and where a ditch and a mound ot 

earth are reauilite on either fide of the ro€td, 
i. ' 

a lane^ fixty feet in width, may be, in fome 
degree, necefiary But, in ordinary fituations, 
that width incurs a 'icajle of landy without 
any adequate advantage. Indeed, upon ele- 
" * vate^i 


Vated heights, and in other expofed lituations, 
the traveller is thereby deprived of the 
jhelter, which is required, and which a clofer 
lane would afford. 

Nor does the lofs of culturable land, and 
the circumftance of expofing travellers un- 
neceilarily to the inclemency of the weather, 
conflitute, in this and other cafes of a fimilar 
nature, the fum of impropriety i gi^^-Jfy lanes 
are the greateft nuifance an occupier of land 
can have in his neighbourhood : and it would 
be well if fome general hrj) could be infti- 
tuted, for their regulation. 

In the laft fection, it was mentioned, that 
in the Sinnington Inclofure Bill, an admirable 
claufe is inferted, refpecfling the grafs of the 
roads to be fet out. For the firfl: ten years, 
no flock whatever are to be turned Icofe into 
them ; nor, after that time, are they to be 
common ; the furveyors, for the time being, 
having a power to let them, and apply the 
rent to the repair of the roads of the to-wnfiip. 

With refpedt to the drying of roads, after 
rain, more depends on the height of the 
HEDGES, than on the width of the lane. The 
crown of a barrelled road, thirty feet wide, 
with hedges kept down to four feet high, 
will dry, nearly as foon, as if no hedges were 

N 2 near 

i8o ROADS. 

near it, and much fooncr, than a road in the 
middle of a lane, fixtv feet wide, with hedges 
and perhaps a line of coppice wood, a? may 
frequently be feen, thirty or forty feet high, 
rifmg on each fide of it ; depriving the road 
entirely (unlefs when the wind happens to 
blow lengthway of the lane) of a free com- 
munication of air. 

in low, and indeed in ordinary fituations, 
high hedges, on the fides of roads, are doubly 
hurtful : thev are not only injurious to the 
road itfelf, but, in clofe we-dther, are oftenlive 
to the traveller, and very injurious to the 
beafls of burden and draught, which are em- 
ployed upon them. The Highway Act 
therefore wifely orders, ** that the polTelTbrs 
** of the land next adjoining to every highway 
*' fhall cut, prune, and plalli their hedges." 

But this falutary claufe has, hitherto, been 
very little attended to. In many counties, it 
would be difficult to find an inftance, in which 
it has been obeyed, or enforced. 

The magirtracy of this county, however, 
may claim fupcrior merit, in this refpe(ft. 
The road between York and Doncailer, 
near forty miles, is fingularly well kept in 
this particular fcarcely one licentious bufli 



is left : and many of the lefs public roads 
of the county are laid open in a iimilar 

But excellent as this regulation undoubt- 
edly is, in low as well as in ordinary fitua- 
tions, — more efpecially where roads lead 
through old inclofed countries, in which 
lanes are frec^uently too narrow, — it would, 
if indifcriminately ^ enforced, be greatly de- 
trimental, in wide lanes and expofed litua- 
tions ; where Jl)elter, rather than a current 
of air, is defirable, 

However, the execution of this law being 
in the hands of magiftracy, its evil tendency 
may be eafily checked, without injuring the 
more general intention, 



THE DIVERSITY of country, which, 
the Diftrid: under furvey exhibits, requires 

N 3 a varied 

* Shores. This term has been criticifcd, through a 
want of its import being fufficiently attended to. It 
comprizes not only sewers and other artificial sur- 


a varied exertion of art, with refped: to sur- 
face WATER. Upon the hills, art is re- 
quired, to retain it upon the furface ; in the 
lower parts of the Vale, art is equally 
wanted, to hajhn it to the river, or general 

It has been already mentioned, that much 
of the bottom of the Vale is, by natural 
fituation, liable to be overflowed by the 
rivers in times of flood. Nevcrthelefs, 
eveiy part of it, I apprehend, is fo fituated as 
to be capable of being laid fufficiently dr)% 
by the rivers at dead water. 

Therefore, the only exertion of art, in this 
cafe requifite, i^, to open fufficient shores 
from the rivers to the grounds to be laid 
dry; fmking fufficient ditches, from the 
fhores ; and fufficient drains, from the 


f ACE drain:, but every natural conductor and 
RECEIVER of SURFACE WATERS. It is hcfc ufed, as a 
GENERAL TERM, which is neceflary in a work of this \ 
nature. It includes every Pafiage, Outlet, or Vent, that 
affifts in free ng the surface of the foil from collected 
water : whether '^ he a Kennel or Strand, — a mnde Ditch 
or Sewer, — a Kivulet, Brook, or River of whatever mag- 
nitude, — or the Sea itfelf. 

See the word<- sewer and str.a>nd, inthePROViN-r 
piALiSMs. {1796.) 


Many efforts, of this nature, have heen 
made, with fpirit and with fuccefs. The 
West Marshes, in general, are a ftriking 
inftance : for although they lie upon a flat, 
and but barely above the level of the waters 
of the Derwent, they are, at prefent, kept 
principally in an arable ilate, and chiefly in 
wide flat beds. Neverthelefs, by keeping 
open furrows, deep ditches, and clean fhores, 
the land, in general, is left as free from fu- 
perfluous moifl.ure, as if it were elevated a 
mile above the Derwent. 

But the East Marshes (and fome other 
fmaller portions of the Vale^ flill remain a 
difgrace to the country ; lying, chiefly, in a 
flate oi fenn — provincially " Carr /' — over- 
run with fedges and other paluftrian plants; 
which aflbrd, during a few months in fum- 
mer, a kind of ordinary pafliurage to young 
flock. In the winter months, they are gene- 
rally buried under water, and, in the fummer 
mojiths, are fubjed: to be overflowed. 

The .rem.cdy, in this cafe, (and in other 
cafes of a fimjlar nature, — of which almoil 
£very Diflirid: m the kingdom afl^ords an in- 
stance) is, to bank out the river, which 
.winds through the middle of it -, and, in 
N 4 doing 

doing this, to sink a common shore, on 


If, at the lower end of thefe shores, the 
RIVER Yitsfufflcientiy lou\ at the time of dead 
water, to receive, freely, the drainage of the 
marfh, the work may be completed, at an 
inconsiderable expenditure, compared with 
the magnitude of an improvement of this 
nature. Flood gates, placed at the out- 
lets, to give vent to the furface waters, col- 
le^ed within the (ite of improvement, and 
to orevent the waters of the river, in times 
of floods, from flowing back upon it — are 
the only additional requifites. 

If the furface of the rher, at dead water, 
fliould be found to lie too high, for the necel- 
fary depth of the Jhore, Marsh Mills *, 
placed in the lo^wer parts of the fite, will, in 
any ordinary cafe, do away the deficiency of 

The expence of a mill is, in the firft 
inftance, confiderable ; befldes an annual ex- 
pence of repairs, and attendance. But fup- 
pofing the firft coft to be one or even two 
hundred pound?, and the repairs and attend- 
ance to be ten or even twenty pounds, a year, 
the whole expence would be inconfiderable, 

♦ See No*r. Ecov. Min. ii8. 


when compared. with the improvement of 
converting, 'perhaps, two or three thoufand 
acres of unprodu3ive fenny groundsy into 


o^ Jive, or perhaps ten times its valye. 

In the cafe immediately under notice, 
mills, if requilite, could be eifeiStive on ontt 
fide of the river only. The rivvlets and 
BROOKS, on the north fide of the Derwent, 
are too copious to be difcharged by a mill. 
But, by embanking thofe rivulets, and by 
furnifhing each compartment of the marfli 
with a mill, the delired improvement might, 
on a certainty, be made. On the fouth and 
eaftfide of the Derwent, lefs difficulty would 
arife : the embankment of one rivulet, per* 
haps, would be found the only addition re* 
quiliie to the general improvement *. 

It may be unneceifary to fay, that the "ex- 
cavated mold of the shores ought to go 
towards raifing the eankments; thus ob- 
taining, in one operation, the two principal 
means of improvement ; or that main ditches 


* Since writing this article, a meeting of the pro* 
prietors of thefe marfhes has been held, to confider of 
an application to Parliament, for Jiraightening and en- 
larging the bed of the Derwent ! But the propofal was 
over- ruled. 


ought to be led from the lliore, into tlie area 
of the fjte to be improved. 

One thing, however, may not be fo ob- 
vious : namely, the situation of the 

BANKS, with respect TO THE RIVER. 

If the BANKS be fet upon the immediate 
brinky as in general they are, they become 
liable to be injured, by the fmallell; deviation 
of the RIVER. Belides, the waters of floods 
being, by this means, confined (fuppofing a 
bankment on either iide) merely to the bed 
of the river, the banks require to be railed 
to an unneceii'ary height. 

But if the lines of embankment be run at 
9L proper dijlance from the ri^cery as ten, 
twenty, or thirty yards, the banks are placed 
out of the way of danger, from the river ; 
and a greater area being left for the waters 
of floods to fpread over, their rife will be 
proportionably lefs, and the requilite height 
of bank will of courfe be ieiTened, in the 
fame proportion. 

Theory may conceive a ivafie of land by 
this means ; but experience ihews, that fuch 
an apprehenfion is ill grounded. The em- 
bankment is eouallv beneficial to the land it 
enclofes and to that it fliuts out from the 
river. The enriched waters of floods, now 



confined by the banks, depofit, on the in- 
clofed flips, the particles which, hitherto, 
they had fcattered over an extent of country. 
Bv this means the fwamos, and hollows of the 
flips, are prefently filled up \ and, in time, 
the entire furface is raifed. 

I have obferved an inftance of this kind, 
in which the ground, on the river fide of the 
bank, has been raifed, near a foot, above the 
natural level of the ground, on the other fide 
of it. 

By this elevation of furface, the land is not 
only laid dry, but, if the waters be of a good 
quality, is at the fame time enriched. 

Thefe flips, if of fufficient width, are An- 
gularly well adapted to the purpofe of ozier 
BEDS : and are eligible pasture grounds. 
The banks are places of fafety, for fl:ock to 
fly to, in floods ; a fpecies of refuge they had 
not, when the whole lay open. 

The EXPENCE of embankment, inordinary 
cafes, and under proper management, is far 
from exceflive. 

This Vale affords more than one inflance 
containing about three hundred ^cres of low 
marfliland foil, over run, in an open ftate, 
V'ith furze and rufhes, together with fome 



iatcrfpaces of fed gey grafs, was liable to be 
overflowed by the river Seven, which runs 
on the upper lide of it ; the Rye, which 
waihes it on the pther iide, being its natural 

Thefe three hundred acres are the entire 
property of the Earl of Salisbury , and, 
in tiieir open ilate, were let out in one hun- 
dred gaits, for young flock, at ten /hillings 
each gait, producing his lordlhip, in that 
liate, fifty pounds a year. 

The embankment coH about fixty pounds ; 
namely, about thr^e quarters of a mile, at 
one Ihilling a yard. But the niins of an old 
bank lelTened the expencc, in this cafe. 

The bank, when liniihed, was about (t\tT\ 
feet high j wide enough, on the top, for cattle 
to wjjk upon ; iloped fuiiiciently to prevent 
its fliooting, or being trodden down by cattle ; 
and faced with green fods, to guard againll 
llie floods 

Tjii? improvement is w^orth tracing. Be- 
(ides the embankment, which, it the old 
bank had not alTilted, might have cofl one 
hundred pounds^ a ro^d, through the middle 
of the fite of improvement, W2^ requifite to 
be formed ; — the whole to be inclofed ; and 
fome crcdions to be made. Suppofe th^ 


Y O R 1^ S rt t R E. 189 

road, the inclofure, and the buildings to cofl 
three hundred pounds, the whole expence 
would amount to four hundred pounds, or 
fifteen to twenty pounds, aveaf. 

The rent, in the firft inflance, was, I be- 
lieve, fixed at eight IhillingS an acre. Three 
hundred acres, at eight (hillings, produce 
one hundred and twenty pounds ayear ; I'o 
that, in the outlet, tliere appears to be a clear 
improvement of fifty pounds, ayear, In 
twelve or fourteen years, it may be worth 
twice that rent, the foil being deep, and of 
a quality which, though not rich, is fuited, 
by fitu^tion, to both corn and grafs. Whea 
the ftipulated improvements are made, by 
the firfh occupiers, the three hundred acres 
will be worth, at leaft, two hundred pounds 
ayeaf ; namely, foitr times its former 


Another iilftanCe of river embankment 
occurs in t^is townfhip. The commifiioners, 
linder the A(fl of Inclofure, have wifely fe- 
cured the lower grounds to be inclofed, from 
the waters of floods, which have, hitherto, 
occafionally overflowed them. The remedy, 
in this cafe, was eafy : a partial embankment, 
only, was neceflary ; and the bank, in the 
parts where it wa^ wanted, feldom required 



to be raifcd, above two or three feet high. 
Neverthelefs, the advantage obtained, at this 
eafy expence, is that of enabhng the refpec- 
tive occupiers of the lands under inclofure, 
to change them, from a flate of unproducftive 
fward, to that of arable land ; and, by that 
means, to improve them, perhaps^ to three 
times their prefent value. 

If, in the management of estates, 
any fuperior faculty be requifite, it is that of 
being able to ftrike out and execute intrin- 
sic IMPROVEMENTS j fucli as givc a per^ 
manent increafe of re n troll, — vi^ithout 
diminifhins: the respectability of its 


F . E N C E S. 

THE PARTICULAR articles which re- 
quire to be noticed under this head are, 

1. Gates, 

2. Fence Walls, 

3. rolls and Rails, 

4. Dead Hedges, 

5. Live Hedges. 



I. GATES. The common field gates of 
this country are, in general, made Jlighter 
and much taller than thole of other Diilridts. 
In Surrey and Kent, three feet eight or nine 
inches is the ordinary height of a gate ; 
which is, there, compofed of four common 
bars, and a ftrong top rail. Here, gates have 
generally fix or feven bars, all equally flight ; 
and the common heii>ht is five to fix feet. 


Horses are the greatefl enemies of gates. 
A low gate, let its ftrength be almofl what it 
may, is no fence againlt a refolute powerful 
horfe. If he can place the mufcular part of 
his chcjl firmly againfl: the top rail, fcarcely 
any llrength of wood can refiii him. But if 
the top bar be placed high enough, to receive 
his windpipe y inllead of his chefi:, his power 
of injuring the gate is, in a manner wholly, 
taken away. It is, therefore, no wonder tliat, 
in a country where the breeding of horfes has 
long been a common practice, high gates 
(hould have' grown into common r.fe. 

The HANGING OF GATES is an art little 
underftood, even by the hangers of gates 
themfelves ; though highly interefting and 
ufeful in Rural Economy. 

A perfon, here, who has paid unufiial atten- 
tion to the fubjcct, and v/ho has, in reality, 


i)\ FENCES. 

made Hlmieif mafter of it, ftill continues to 
hang his gates upon pivots, fixed at the feet 
of the hartrees *. 

This was undoubtedly the original method 
of hanging gates, and is^ ptrhaps, all things 
confidered, the beft. 

It is probable, that, ill the infancy of the 
art, the foot of the hartree was itfelf formed 
into a pivot, while the upper part of it was 
confined to the poi't, or perhaps to a tree, 
with a rope or a withey* 

In the inll:ance under obfefvation, the up- 
per part of the hartree is hung, in the ufual 
manner, with a hook and eye ; and the foot 
of it is ihod with a pivot of iron, fet upon 
a large bani ftone» 

The great advantage of hanging gates 
on PI voTs is that of their being readily altered, 
with refpecfl to fall, or catching : moving the 
piTOt llone a quarter of an inch, this way or 
that, with an iron crow, is frequently a fuffi- 
cient regulation : the pivot, too, takes part 
cf the iveight of the gate. 

But gates, to be hung with pivots, require a 
peculiarity of CONSTRUCTION. Evcr}^ g^^tc, 


• Hartree •, the end-piece^ into whirh the 
bar? are m-.rdfeci, and by which the gate is hung : oppol'^d 
A) :he HEAD, the oppwfite end piece. 


when fhut, ought to hang plumb and level ; 
that is, the head fhould be, everyway, up- 
right, and the bars horizontah 

This requilite, however, and at the fame 
time a proper fall, cannot be had in a gate 
made,//z //6fj^//j;T, and with zjiraight bar tree. 
Either the lower part of the hartree mull be 
crookedy or the gate mufl be made, out of the 
fquare ; that is, the bars mufl Hand fomew^hat 
obUquely, not perpendicularly to the har- 
tree ', and in this cafe the pivot mufl be placed, 
not in the center, but on the oiitjide of the 
foot : the firfl to throw the point of the pivot 
behind t\\Q pin of the upper hook, to give the 
gate a fall when open at right angle ; and 
the latter, to throw the point of the pivot 
without the pin of the hook, to give the gate 
a fall, at the poll, and make it catch with cer- 

This being underflood, it is eafy to con- 
ceive that, if the lower end of the hartree be 
crooked, and if the elbow or convex fide of 
the bend be directed, not to either pofl, but 
towards the middle of the gateway, the ne- 
cefTary falls may be had, without throwing 
the gate out of the fquare, or the pivot out 
of the centre of the hartree. 

I mention this method of hanging gates 
Vol. I. O the 

194 FENCE?. 

the rather, as, notwithflanding Its advan- 
tages, it is gro\%Ti into almoft total difufe ; 
owing, it is very probable, to a want of 
knowledge of the proper principle of con- 
ftru(n:ion. I fliall, in another Diilrict, have 
occafion to fpeak fully of the method of 
hanging gt^fes on hooks. 

II. FENCE WALLS. The. common 
homeftall fence of this Dilh-idis l:W/j either 
of brick or llone. — Eattoning, in the Norfolk 
manner, is unknown, and c\oit paling fcldom 
made ufe of. 

In the morelands, and upon the limeftone 
heights, ilone walls are the common field 
fence. Liye hedges, are, in thefe fituations, 
flower of growth, and more difficult to raife, 
than they are. In warmer better foils ; whereas, 
llones are plentiful, lying, in fome places, an 
incumbrance to the furface. 

Inhoipitable and uncrn-mental as naked 
fione walls may fecm, they are, in many fitu- 
ations, the mofl eligible fence : — cheap and 

They are of two kinds, ** double" and 
" fmgle :" the latter, which are compofed of 
fmgle flones, piled one upon another, arc a 
fufficient fence againfl flock, provided they 
be raikd hidi enoueh ; but are liable to be 



thrown down, by the wind. The former, 
which are built in the common wall manner, 
but without mortar, are more expenfive in 
the firft inftance ; but, if properly raifed, will 
endure for a length of time, with little or no 

The MODERN FENCE WALL, of which 

many miles have been built in confequence 
of the new Inclofures that have lately taken 
place, is of the following form and dimen- 

The height five feet. The width, at the 
bafe, twentytwo inches, narrowing to fixteen 
inches, at the top 3 which is coped (as a guard 
againft flieep) with the widell: and flattefl of 
the ftones, laid afide for this purpofe. 

A frame of wood, of thefe dimeniions. Is 
fet up, as a gauge, and as a guide to the 

The loweft^r/V^ which has, I believe, been 
given for raifing, carriage, and walling, is 
five fliillings and fixpence, for a rod of feven 
yards. But a (hilling, ayard, may be taken as 
a more medial coft. Each yard takes about 
a three -horfe-cart load of ftones. 

Ill, POSTS AND RAILS. In moft 
countries, the prevailing temporary fences are 
hurdles. Ports and rails are only uied for 

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the defending of young hedges, and for 
other permanent purpofes ; being generally 
put down by a carpenter, and are feldom 
removed, until they becom.e ufelefs as a 
fencing material. 

But, here, they arc confidered in a different 
light. They are (fpeaking generally) the only 
temporary fencing in ufe. If a piece of 
ground require to be divided, for one leafon, 
or for a few weeks, a line of ports and rails 
are run acrofs it ; not by a carpenter, but by 
a common farm laborer. And, when the 
purpofe is anfwered, they are removed and 
laid up, for another occafion. 

I mention this circumflance, as pofts and 
rails are more durable, and a much better 
fence againfl horfes and cattle, than hurdles 
are; and the labor of putting down, and 
removal, is much lefs than inexperience may 


IV. DEAD HEDGES. The ftakc-and- 
edder hedge prevails in this Diltricl:, and is, in 
general, conftrufted with uncommon ikill. 
The fi'perionty of conftrudlion lies, princi- 
pally, in the eddcring. 

In other places, the edders are tr'vnmed up 
to naked rods : here, the foray, towards the 
top, is left on. Thefe fprayey tops, being 



wound round the bodies of the fucceeding 
adders, lay hold of the flakes, thereby pre- 
venting their linng. If the twigs of the 
edders be infiifficient, brambles, or other 
pliable brulhwoods, are wound in, with the 
fame intent. 

But the moft eiFe(ftual way of preventing 
cattle from throwing off the edders, which 
method is here fometimes praftifed, is to 
carry on the tWo operations of eddering and 
filling together, burying thefprayey tops of the 
edders among the filling ; by which means they 
are effeiftually fecured from the horns of 
cattle ; and even, while they remain found, 
from the hands of hedgebreakers. 

V. LIVE HEDGES. The management 
of hedges appears to me a matter of fo much 
importance, in the management of an estate, 
and is a fubjedt to which I have paid fo much 
attention, that I always find it difficult, when- 
ever I fit down to write upon it, to confine 
myfelf within due limits. 

In this Difi:ri(!i, I find ample matter to 
animadvert upon. The finefi: hedges in the 
kingdom (if any one particular fpot can 
claim a fuperiority) are now growing in this 
neighbourhood; and more new ideas, re- 
fpeding the management of hedges, have oc- 
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curred tome, in the Diilri^fl now under notice, 
than in all the others I have examined. It 
would therefore be ^\TGng to treat the fubjedt 
{lightly, in this place. ^BiU I will endeavour 
to comprefs the matter, which I have accu- 
mulated, within as narrow a compai's as may 

The fubdivifions which the fubjecl", in this 
place, requires are : 

1. The fpecies of hedgewood. 

2. The method of planting new hedges. 

3. The method of defending them. 

4. The method of cleaning and training, 

5. Their after management. 

6. The treatment of old hedges. 

I. The prevailing hedgewood is the 
haivthorji. Formerly, it was in this, as in other 
places, gathered in the woods and rough 
grounds. But, at prefent, and for fome years 
pail, ** garden quick wood" has been pretty 
generally, though not yet univerfally, planted. 

But although the hawthorn is the common 
hedgewood of the Diftridt, and, in ordinary 
fituations, may be the moft eligible, I have 
feen crabtrce ufed on cold fofls, as v/ell as in 
bleak, fituations, with great fuccefs. In an 
inrtance where cr^btree and hawthorn weje 



planted, alternately, by way of experiment, 
the crabtree plants have outgrown thofe of 
the thorn, in a ftriking manner. In fix 
years, they have acquired llems as thick as the 
wrift, with tops fufficient as a fence, againfl 
ordinary flock. 

Upon the Wolds, I have obferved the elder, 
a plant which braves the bleakeft fituation, 
rnade ufe of as a hedgewood ; but never 
faw it planted with fufficient judgment, to 
anfwer the intended purpofe. Neverthelefs, 
in the abundance and luxuriance of this plant, 
upon the moft expofed parts of the Wolds, 
it is evident that, with proper management, 
it mi2:ht at leaft be made a fkreen to better 

The holly I have fecn raifed (in the prac- 
tice of a man who has paid great attention 
to the bulinefs of hedgeplanting, and in this 
particular with great fuccefs) with an unuflial 
degree of rapidity and certainty. 

The fecrecy of the art lies in the ti?ne of 
frajifplanting : a holly tranfplanted, in sum» 
MER, fcarcely receives a check from the 
removal : a fa6t, this, which few planters 
are aware of. — Thoufands of hollies are 
every year defrroyed, by removing them in 
the v/inter n^onths, 

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2. Planting. The common method is 
to turn a fod, ten or more inches wide, upon 
the brink of the intended ditch, and, behind 
this, to fet the plants, in a leaning pofture ; 
covering the roots with fome of the befl: of 
the mold the ditch affords ; and, behind the 
plants, to lay the remainder of the excavated 
earth, in a low broad bank. 

The ordinary ditch is ver}' fmall ; barely 
aftording mold to back up the plants with. 
Neither the ditch, in front, nor the bank, be- 
hind, are confidered, as they are in Norfolk, 
a guard to the young hedge. 

Tbc Pickering Inclosure Bill orders, 
that the ditches, in the lo'-joer grounds y when 
they are neceffar)- as drains, {hall be made 
four feet wide, and two feet and a half deep. 
But, for the uplands, no limits are prefcribed ; 
the diflarice, between the outer brink of the 
ditch, and the line of hedgewcod, being the 
only thing limited. This width is fixed, 
throughout, at four feet and a half. In this 
cafe, the outer bink of the ditch being the 
boundary line of each's property, and a 
narrow ditch, only, being wanted, a flip of 
v/holc ground is left between the inner 
brink and the firft turned fod, for planting 
the c^uick behincj. 



One deviation, liowever, from this general 
mode of planting under the Inclofure Bill 
occurs. In this inflance, a narrow trench, 
only, is dug againft the boundary line ; leav- 
ing fuffioient room, between the inner brink 
of the trench, and the line of quick, to place 
the dead fence ; by which means the owner 
of the land, getting his young hedges w'ithin 
his own premiies, is no way liable to the ill- 
nature or neirlio-ence of his neighbours. And, 
inftead of laving in the plants behind the 
firfl-turned fod, the ground is dug four or 
five feet wide, and the plants fet in a trench, 
upright, in the nurfery manner j having, in 
this cafe, a line of prepared earth on eitlier 
iide to feed amon?. 

Nor is tliis the only inftance 1 have 
with, in the Diflrixfl, of planting hedge- 
wood ON A LEVEL. The fame judicious 
planter has, in dividing upland inclofjres, 
planted hedges v/ithout any ditch ^^'iiatever. 
His pradbice has been to plow a flip of ground, 
on each fide of the intended line of the fence, 
the preceding fpring ; and having previoufly 
dunged it, to plant it with potatoes. Du- 
rine fummer, the land is reoeatedlv cleaned 
with the hoe ; in autumn, the potatoes be- 
ing removed, the entire flip is gathered into 

fi ridge. 

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a ridge, with the plow ; and, the enfuing 
Ipring, the quick is planted, nurfery-wile, in 
a trench, run along the middle of the ridge. 
The fuccefs of this method has proved equal 
to what might be expelled, from manage- 
ment lb obvioully judicious. 

Another new idea, which has been flruck 
out, and carried into practice, by the fame 
perfon, is that of sorting hedgewood 
plants: not according to the thicknefs of 
their items, or the fize of their tops, but 
agreeably to the itrength of their roots. 
When the plants are put in, indifcriminately, 
the ftrong foon outgrow, and overpower, thofe 
which are weaker. But plants, which are 
iudicioufly forted, rife together, without de- 
Itroying each other. Befides, in doing this, 
many worthlefs plants arc thrown afide, and 
thofe which are weak are referred for 
fuitable fituqitions ; while the lirongeit are 
plar.ted where the greatefl: ftrength is re- 

But the Iddcji idea I have met with in 
hedgeplanting is that of burying the 
plants! by covering up their heads, an 
inch or more deep, with mold : and this, 
not as an experiment, but in the pra(:^ice of 
a common laborer. 



The method of planting, in this cafe, is 
the common one of fetting the plants behind 
the *' cape-fod," or firft-turned fpit. But 
inflead of leaving the heads two or three 
inches above ground, the plants are fhortened, 
and the heads placed about an inch below 
the furface. 

Obferving a work of this kind, prefently 
after it was executed, I waited with impa- 
tience to fee the event. In due feafon, the 
plants made their appearance ; not in a 
number of irregular fpreading flioots, as 
from an expofed head 3 but riling, with one, 
or perhaps two or three, ftraight upright 
fhoots, of peculiar ftrength and beauty. 

They did not, however, rife at the fame 
time ; fome of them remaining in the ground, 
feveral weeks, after the earheft made their 
appearance. The covering of mold, there- 
fore, ought, perhaps, to be as fine, and laid 
on as light as poflible, to prevent obftrucftions 
to the tender fhoots in riling *. 


* On clofe examination, I find, the talleft ftrongeft 
flioots rife from fuch as were barely, or perhaps impar- 
tially, covered with mold : fuch as were buried deeper are, 
atprefent (in the month of Auguft, thefirft year of planting), 
fhorter and weaker ; owing, perhaps, to their rihng later in 
the fpring. It is therefore th;;t the lighter and 


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The advantage of burying the plants ap- 
pears to be the valuable one of giving the 
youn^ hedge an upright tendency, and 
there!)y preventing the ftrength of the roots 
from being expended, on ufelefs fide fhoots. 
Plants, thus raifed, take the growth, and 
probably the habit of seedling plants. 
The roots, in this cafe, may be confidered as 
PREPARED SEEDS, fumifhed with a peculiar 
iT:ren":th of vegetation. 

3. Defending. Ports and rails are the 
common dead fence. Sometimes one, fome- 
times two rows : a moft expenfive way of 
defending a young hedge. 

In the lower parts of the Vale, where ftones 
are not too numerous, and where deep ditches 
are requifite, the Norfolk method might be 
introduced with great propriety *. 

Bat, in iloney foils, that method is imprac- 
ticable : and, there, two rows of ports and 
rails, or fome other dead fence adequate to 
them, are, in inofl cafes, abfolutely necertary 
to good management. 


tliinner the covering, provided it be fufficicnt to prevent 
fjde (hoots, the inure eligible h this pra6lice. Sorting the 
plants, t!jo, agreeably to tlie ftrcngth of their roots, is pro-* 
b.ibly requifite. 
* Sec NoR! ^ EcoN. Sect. Live Hedges, Subd. V. 


It is therefore wife, in the framers of In- 
clofure Bills, to fecure the right of placing 
fences, during a certain number of year^, 
upon neighbouring allotments, as guards to 
the young hedges *. 

I have obferved, in more than one inftance, 
the good efiedls of fetting a fharp ridget of 
earth, on the outer brink of the ditch, as a 
guard to the face of young hedge plants j 
efpecially againft horfes. In one inilance, a 
young hedge was defended by two fmall 
ditches, one on either lide, with banklets of 
this kind, without any dead fence whatever ; 
and this, too, againll: well bred hunters: fuch 
as would, in a chace, have taken the hedo-line 
and both ditches, without hefxtation. Cattle 
are lefs terrified with thefe devices. 

The prac'Tiice of pricking thorns into the 
firft-turned fod, upon the inner brink of the 
ditch, as a guard to the face of the quick 
againft fheep, affords a degree of temporar}' 
fecurity; but deprives the plants of that air 
and exercifc, which is necefiary to a luxuri- 
ancy and firmnefs of growth. 

4. Training. This department of the 
management cf liedges is too much neglected, 


* See Se(5l. InclooUREj p. 79. 

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in all countries. The planting, and the firil 
ere(flion of guard fences, generally receive 
a tolerable Hiare of attention. But repairing 
thefe fences, from time to time, — dcflroying 
weeds, — and giving the young plants a pro- 
per tendency, are matters which are feldom 
confidered as elTential to fuccefs. 

In this Diftrid:, the fr'.nt fence ii, in ge- 
neral, too little attended to, or neglected too 
long; the young plants being frequently 
brouzed and ftinted, before the necefiary 
guard be thought of, or placed. 

With refpeCt to rj^ecding^ however, the 
DiflriO is above mediocrity,". But in regard 
to training the plants themfclvcs, by fh^iking 
oiF the luxuriant f.dc flioots, and thereby 
promoting the upward grov/th of the hedg- 
ling, it is very deficient. 

I have, nevcrthelefs, had frequent oppor- 
tunities of obfervinij one inliancc, in which 
this requifite bufinefs, in the railing of hedges, 
has been executed in, perhaps, a fingular 
manner. Ii this inilance, each plant is 
trained with a fmgle Jler/i, — pruned in the 
nurfery manner. 

One advantage, of this method. Is that of 
rearing every plant, with a degree of certain- 
ty; the tops bcirg, in t'.iis operation, attended 



to, as well as the fl-ems : thofe of the 
ftronger plants being leflened, to give head-^ 
room to the weaker. 

Another very great advantage, efpecially 
on a flieep farm, is that of getting the young 
plants out of harm's way. Sheep are danger- 
ous enemies to young hedges ; and every 
expedient to guard agalnft their mifchievouf- 
nefs, in this refpedt, deferves at leaft a trial. 
Strong plants, judicioufly planted, and trained 
in this manner, may, with a degree of cer- 
tainty, be got out of the reach of fheep, in 
three or four years. 

The labor is coniiderable, but by no means 
exceffive. In this one inftance, the expence 
of labor appears to be greatly exceeded by the 
advantages obtained by it. 

The pruning fhould be done in winter or 
fpring, while the fap is down ; or while it is 
rifing ; not in the fummer feafon. 

5. Aftermanagement. In thiis de- 
partment, the Diflri(5t under furvey excels : 
not in the manner of cutting, but in the fre- 
quency of it. Many young hedges are cut, 
before they are twenty years old ; and the 
cutting, of fuch as are thriving at leaf}, is 
ufually repeated, every five or fix years ; a 
practice which ought to be univerfally fol- 

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lowed. Nothing is more injurious to a 
hedge, than unfrequent cutting. 
- The prevailing method of cutting is that of 
"buck-heading;" — namely, cutting the ftems 
off level, about three feet hi^h above the 
level of the inclofure ; generally winding a 
few ftraight boughs, horizontally, between the 
heads of the ftems, to prevent flock from 
forcino; throuo;h between them. A more 
Jifnplc, or a cheaper metliod than this, can- 
not,, be devifed ; efpecially as the 
ditch is feldom touched ; the roots being pur- 
pofely fuffered to ftrike acrofs it ; by which 
means they enjoy free pafturage on either 

On the Malton fide of the Diilrid, the pre- 
vailing method of cutting is that of plajhing^ 
in the Midli^nd manner : an operation which 
I lliall have occafion to fpeak fully of, in its 
proper place. 

6. Old Hedges. The pradlice of re- 
planting wcrnout hedges, in the Norfolk 
manner, I have not met with, in this Diftrid:. 

Stoppir.g^n'jr/^'j with, dead hedging y there- 
by effectually preventing their ever clofmg 
again, is a piece of unpardonable manage- 
ment, which is nowhere more picvalent, than 
in the Vale under obferyation. 



One inflance of exertion, however, in or- 
der to RECLAIM a live fence, from a row of 
large old thorns, the remains of a neglecfted 
hedge, occurs in this Diftri(fl, and would do 
credit to any country. It is the only one of 
the kind I have met with. 

The bufhes, or feparate detachments of the 
old hedge, being trimmed, on both fides, and 
the main flems cut out, at the ground, or 
headed at fuch heights as circumftances re- 
quired, the long llender boughs, growing 
in the line of the fence, were trained into the 
vacancies, with flrong flakes, in the espalier 
MANNER : a bank of earth having been pre- 
vioufly thrown up, and the lowefl ground- 
boughs LAYERED in it, in order to flrike 
root, and fend up frefh plants, to afTift in fill- 
ing up the vacancies, effedlually. 

This mode of treatment is not applicable 
to fuch hedges, only^ but to every live 
hedge, in which wide vacancies are found. 
The befl time for filling them up, in this 
manner, is when the hedge is felled to the 

Another inflance of pradlice. In the ma- 
nagement of old hedges, which had been 
planted on broad banks, with ditches cr. either 
fide J and which, through the narrownefs of 
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the pafture, and the negled of timely cutting, 
were become ftunted, and thin of ftems, 
merits notice. 

The thorns, in this cafe, were felled to th« 
ground ; the ditch, to the fouthward or weft- 
ward of the hedge, re-made ; and that, on the 
north or eaft fide of it, filled u'P with the exca- 
vated mold. By thefe means, the plants 
were fupplied, immediately, with frefh paf- 
turage in made earth ; and let loofe to feed, 
at large, in the adjoining inclcfure. The 
effea is ftriking. 

Perhaps, reversing the ditch of an 
old hedge (with 2LjingIe ditch) might invi- 
gorate it, in a fimilar manner, by giving the 
plants a fre(h field of pafturage. The expe- 
riment, however, ought to be tried with 
caution. Depriving old plants of all their 
main roots (though they were at the fame 
time cut off by- the ground) might be dan- 
gerous, c:*'" 

General Observations. From what 
has been laid, on the ordinary treatment of 
hedges, in this neighbourhood, it is evident, 
that their fuperiority is not owing to an excel - 
lency of management. The richnefs of the 
foil i the negleft of the ditches ; the fre- 
quency of cutting J and, above ell, the pre- 



fent AGE of the hedges, account fufficiently 
for their present flourishing state. 

Thofe which ftrike the eye with a pecu- 
liar luxuriancy of growth, are about fifty 
YEARS OLD : and it is abundantly evident, 
that hedges, growing in a good foil, may, until 
they have reached that age, be headed fence^ 
high, with a degree of fafety. But, on a 
nearer view, it appears to me equally evi- 
dent, that the practice cannot be exercifed, 
in perpetuity, with any degree of propriety. 

On examining hedges, which have not 
been planted seventy years, and which 
have been treated invariably in that manner, I 
find they have already received irreparable 
injury. The underling plants are, already, 
fo far deflroyed, as to leave vacancies, of 
three feet or more in width j while the 
mailer plants, now no longer of themfelves a 
fence againfl fheep, have acquired flems of a 
tree-like fize. 

Felling to the ground, and training 
a range of neii) Jlefns, is the only effectual 
remedy of this evil. |But this, when de- 
ferred too long, is impradlicable, or at beft 
uncertain. Large old ftems will not, al- 
ways, fbirvive the operation ; but if applied, 
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in time, and with due care, the remedy it 

It would be difficult, perhaps, to prefcribe 
rules for felling hedges to the 
GROUND, by their ^^^j, or the intervals of 
time between the fellings. Perhaps, no 
hedge ought to ftand more than fifty 
YEARS, from the firfl: railing, nor more than 
thirty years, between t\it filling. 

But, by their sizes, and the ftate of their 
growth, fome general rules may with pro- 
priety be mentioned. No Jiem (howfoever 
healthful, nor how fizeable foever to the 
neighbouring ilems), of more than ayod?/ in 
circumference y ought to be fuifered to remain 

If there be a great difparity, as there gene- 
rally is, in they^2;^j of the ftems^ either the en- 
tire hedge ought to be felled, before any of 
them acquire the limited fize ; or; in head- 
ing them, the larger ought to be JJ:ortcned, 
proportional) ly to their refpe^ivefxes j in order 
to lefTen their deflrudlive tendency, and to 
give the weaker an opportunity of gaining, 
at leaft, a temporary afcendency *. 


♦ An expedient of this kind I havie feen executed with 
every appearance of fucccfs. 


If the plants, let their age and fize b^ 
what they may, grew mojfy, or wear the gcr 
jieral appearance oijiuntedncfs^ they ought to 
be removed, that a more healthy race may 
be trained up, in their ilead. 

The fame as to h e A D i n G . No particular 
age can be pointed out, for the firft cutting ; 
nor can any certain interval of time, between 
the headings, be prefcribed^ with flri(Ct pro- 
priety. Soils and fituations inHuence the 
growth of trees ; and,>ving the manage- 
ment of hedges in a general light, the tops 
ought to acquire a degree of usefulness be* 
ioi^ they be taken off. 

A bough, fx or eight inches in circumference^ 
?s large enough for a Jiake ; and, when the 
ilrongefl have got to this fize, the remainder 
are generally fit for the Ji I lings of dead 
hedges : that, therefore, is the ftate in which 
jhey ought to be cut. 

It would, in my opinion, be better manage- 
ment, in a man who occupies his own ejlate, to 
burn them, and give their aflies to the winds, 
than to fuffer them to remain on the items, 
after they have reached that fize. 

But, in a tenant, wlio has no permanent in- 
tereft in the hedges he occupies, negled is 

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lefs criminal. — It matters not, to liim, whether 
the live hedges upon his farm remain lufii- 
cient fences, one or tivo centuries. He is no 
way concerned in the purchafe value of the 
eflate, unlefs it be in the depreciation of it. 
His plan of management (if he has any in 
this refpedl) is to make his hedges fubfer- 
vient to his own interell: i efpecidly when he 
has no certainty uf continuing in pofleflion. 

Thefe circumftances are not mentioned, 
here, with a view of breeding ill-blood be- 
tween landlords and tenants ; but to endea- 
vour to convince the former, that it is incum- 
bent on them to pay fome attention to the 
live hedges upon their eliates. 

It is now a ciiflom, pretty generally adopt- 
ed, upon wooded eflates, to appoint ivoodivardsj 
for the prefervation of timber and under- 
wood. — And, upon every large ellate, Iving in 
an inclofed country, it is, in my opinion, 
equally neceffarv to appoint a hayward, for 
the prefervation of its hedges. 
' An EXPERIENCED HEDGEk would, per- 
haps, be the fittert for this employment. In 
ordinary cafes, as where heading, only, might 
be requifite, orders might be fufficient ; but 
to the raifing of new hedges, and the renewal 



of old ones, perfonal attention ought to be 
paid, not only to the planting and the felling, 
but to the fencing and the weeding, until the 
ne^y or the renewed hedge be out of danger. 


THIS is an interefting fubjec?: to the pro- 
prietors of inclofed eftates : and no country 
affords a better field for obfervation, than 
that under furvey. 

The old- inclofed parts of this neighbour- 
hood, when feen at fome diftance, have the 
appearance of woodlands ; the inclofures 
being rnoftly narrow, and full oi hedgerow 

The age, on a par, is about fifty years. 
In half a century more, the value of the 
timber, of fome parts of it, if fuffered to ftand, 
will probably be equal to the value of the 
land : a circumftance, this, of no fmall im- 
port to the owner. But the detriment to the 
occupier requires to be confidered. 

In this country, it feems to be a general 

idea, founded perhaps on experience, that 

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lofty hedgerows are benfficiai to grafs land\ 
increasing its prodiKftivenefs, by their v^-annth, 
and giving fhelter and (hade to pailuring- 
ftock. The roots, even of the a/h, arc con- 
fidered as inofenji'-je to land, in a ftatc of 
grafs 'y in which flate, the grounds thus loaded 
with hedges and timber trees, is almoft uni- 
ycrfally kept. 

Indeed, it wt)uld be impollible, in their 
prefent flate, to occupy them as arabU Lind. 
There are entire inclofurcs, every foot of the 
areas of which mull neceilarily be occupied 
by afben roots -y neverthelefs, they give an 
ample fupply of hay and paflurage. One to 
two tons of hay an acre. And, in many of 
them, three acres will aflFcrd fufficient paf- 
turage, for two cows, of the largefl fize. The 
rent, from thirty to forty ihillings an acre. 
Strong evidences, thefe, that the roots of the 
afr are not ver\' injurious to grafs land. 

It is evident, however, that the oak^ when 
fufiered to thru ft its /wi? fpreading bead into 
the iiiclofure, is injurious to the herbage be- 
neath it ; that the kceoes of the apy are very 
detrimental to aftergrafs ; and that the 
hedges are annually receiving irreparable da- 
mage ; — no general plan of training up the 
trees, with tall ftems, having, I believe, Ln 
any inllance been adopted . 


General ObservatioxNs. From what 
is here mentioned, we may conclude, that the 
advantages accruing from the planting of tim- 
ber trees, in the hedges of inclofed common- 
fields, of a foil, and lying in a Situation, 
adapted to grafs, — are far fuperior to any 
difadvantages ariling therefrom, even where 
they have been fuffered to grow, in a ftate of 
almoft total negledt. 

Land which has lain open, and whichhas 
been kept in a ftate oi aration^ during a fuc- 
cefiion of ages, is equally produdlive oi grofs 
and trees. And it is generally good manage- 
ment, to let it lie in grafs, for fome length of 
time, after inclofure. 

In this neighbourhood, it is evident to 
common obfervation, that trees flourifh, with 
unufual vigour, in the newly inclofed laads of 
arable fields ; and that their injury to grafs 
land is inconfiderable, when compared with 
the value of the timber they produce. The 
low fpreading heads oitho, cak^ and the leaves of 
the aJJj, appear to be the chief inconveniencies, 
of thefe two fpecies of trees, to gJ'afs land. 

But an alternacy of corii and grafs is gene- 
rally eligible, on lands which our anceftors 
have made choice of for common fields -y and 
the roots of the af:) are not only obflruQions 



to the plow, but the general nature of the 
plants is, in a lingular degree, inimical to com. 

It is, therefore, neceilan' to eradicate the 
ti/h from the hedgero\%'s, before the land be 
again broken up for arable ; or to preclude 
this tedious operation, in the firil inilancc, by 
planting oak in its ftead. 

The HEAP cf the oak may be raifed to 
fuch a height, as not to be mjurious to 
grofsy nor to the hedgs while yet in a youth- 
ful llate, even though it were fuifcrcd to 
run UD to its natural height. 

Whenever the inclofures are broken up 
for corn, the hedges ought, in common good 
management, to be headed, and kept in a 
d\^-arfiih ilat^ ; in which cafe tall-stem- 
MED OAKS would be a valuable iburce of 
T I M 3 E R , without being, in almoil any degree, 
injurious, either to the hedge, or to the 
CORN, growing under them. 

B'jtthe TRAiMiiG or youxg oaks, and 

the genera:. MANAGEMENT OF HEDGE- 
ROW TIMBER, can:iot, with any degree of 
prudence, be left to a mere occupier. View- 
ing hedges as nurfsries of tmaber, a hedge- 
man becomes eilentially necellary to every 
landed cilate. 








THE VALLIES, which fever the lime-. 
ftone heights, on the north fide of the 
Vale of Pickering, and give pafiage to the 
rivers and brooks, that take their rife in 
the morelands, it has been faid, are moftly 
filled with wood. Formerly, it is probable, 
conliderable plots of woodland were likewife 
fcattered, at the feet of thofe heights ; but, 
if there were, moft of them are now done 
away : fome few patches, however, remain. 

On the fouthern banks of the Vale, too, 
are fcattered fome valuable tracts of wood- 


220 W O O D L A N D S. 

The TIMBER of thtfc wocxis is chieflv 
OAK, with a fmall proportion cf a?h. 
BzECH, even upon the limef.iyne height-, a 
i:tuation to which it is peculiarly adapted, 
feldom if ever occurs, in natural woods : a 
degree of evidence, this, that the oak and 
the ASH are w.^/ryfj, lineally dcfcendca xrom 
the ancient foreil^, which heretofore occupied 
thefe hills ; and that the bejch is «'/ -' natrce 
of this part of the ki;;gdom. The lu^eflone 
heights of GlouceftcffhiTc, Herefordthire, 
and South Wales, are hung on every iidc 
with BEECH, growing, to all appearances, 
in a ftateof nature. 

The information which I have gained, 
Terpe<Sting the woodlands of the Diftrid: un- 
der furvey, falls under the following heads ; 

1. Raifing. 4. Timber. 

2. Difpofal. 5. Bark. 

3. Felling. 6. Carriage. 

I. RAISING. The pradice of railing 
woods from acorns, a pradiice which, for- 
jiierly, has evidently prevailed, in different 
parts of the iiland, cannot ea/ily be traced, in 
this. In fome few inftance^, however, art 
may have been employed ; but the generality 
of the old, well timbered woods, which were 
llanding within the prefent centur)% but 



which now are nearly extlnguiflied, have, it 
is highly probable, got up, fortuitoujly^ from 
feedling plants rifing in negleBed roughefs : 
a fpecies of propagation, which is fliU ob- 
fervable, in almoft every v^oody wafte -, and 
is, in truth. Nature's only method of 
propagating timber oaks. 

An oak, which fprings from feed, in an 
open plairiy throws out horizontal branches, 
on every fide ; and, being browzed upon by 
cattle, takes zjhrub^like form. But oaklings, 
riling in a thicket , are fecure from the bite of 
cattle, and are taught, by felfprefervation, to 
fhoot upward, with 2.Jmgk ftem ; the fooner 
to gain the afcendency of the fhrubs, which 
furround them. 

This early habit of {hooting upward, per- 
haps, afterward promotes an upward ten- 
dency. It is alfo probable, that plants, whofe 
confiitutions are naturally weak, are unable to 
cope with the difficulties which furround 
them ; confequently, that thofe, which 
ilrugglc through hardfhips fo evidently great, 
are of an afpiring robuft nature. Be this as 
it may, it is obfervable, that oaklings, which 
rife naturally in thickets, generally make tall 
vigorous trees. 

But moft of the woods, which at prefent 



remain, on this fide of the Vale, have beei> 
raifcd from stools of timber trees, formerly 
taken down. 

This method of raifing woods is called 
** fpringing" them ; or, with greater pro- 
priety, RE-SPRINGING them : a pra<flice 
which has long been prevalent, in this coun- 
try ; where coppice wood is of lefs value, 
than it is in moil others,— ^/wt'/, hedging ma- 
terials, and a (tw Jirki/i hoops being the only 
faleable articles. 

When a wood is intended tobcRLSPRUNG, 
the timber is felled a few inches above 
ground, leaving the bark of the liools as en- 
tire as poffible. 

Before the young fhoots make their ap* 
^jearance, the ground i?, c: ought to be, 
finally cleared, from the fallen timber and 
topwood, and the fences made up. Jf the 
timber, or topwcod, be fuffered to remain 
among the ftools, until after they have made 
their firfl fncct, much mifchief is necelTarily 
dene, in getting them cff. And, if the young 
fciplings be fubjc<fted to the bite of llock, ef- 
pecially in their infant ftate, the lufs will not 
.readily be retrieved. 

Formerly, defending the timberlings from 
foreio:n encrrucs was the onlv care beftcrwred 


t O R K S H I R E. 225 

-Upcri *' young fprings ;" and this, perhaps, 
not very rigidly attended to. Now, the 
fences aire pretty ftriiftly kept up, and the 
plants, themfelves, from time to time weeded, 
— provincially, *' looked ;" — that is, 
TftiNNED ', the underwood and crofs-grow- 
ing timbeflings being, in this operation, re- ^ 
moved ; to give air and room, to thofe which 
are more promiiing. 

The bufinefs of weeding is generally 
deferred, until the weedling plants have ac- 
quired a degree of USEFULNESS J by which 
means the operation becomes doiably pro- 

The Jirji thinning, I believe, is generally 
given, as foon as the undergrowth is large 
enough for stakes, and iXiQ/econd, when it 
is long enough for rails ; the former being 
given at about ten, the latter at about twenty 
years old. At every ten years, afterward, for 
half a century at leaft, pofls as well as rails . 
may, generally, be taken, with double ad- 

TiMBERLiNGS, trained in this way, will 
reach, in a tolerable foil and a mild fituation, 
thirty to forty feet in height, and v.ill mea- 
fure from twenty to thirty inches in circum- 
ference, in about forty years. 



It is obfervable, that when a wood is in- 
tended to be fprung again, for timber, the 
entire ground is, or ought to be, cleared of 
every tree, great and fmall. Single trees,— 
STANDARDS, — pfovinciallv, " wavers," — 
left in a wood, under an idea of their being 
too young and thriving to be taken down, 
feldom retain a luxuriancy of growth, after 
the neighbouring trees are removed ; but, 
by their drip and ihade, do certain injury to 
the young faplings, rifing round them. 

It is alfo obfervable, that there is a great 
inequality of fuccefs, in raiiingtimber in this 
way : while, in fome inftances, there will be 
a tenfold futiiciency of (hoots to be trained ; 
in others, too great vacancies will be found. 
This may be owing to management, or 
to the AGE of the timbers taken down. A 
young wood mzy be fprung, afrefh, with a de- 
gree of certainty. But, perhaps^ there is 
danger, as well as difficulty, in regenerating 
an old one. 

II. DISPOSAL. It has already been 
intimated, that the large feediing timbers, 
which formerly reared their heads in this 
Diftridl, are now nearly extirpated. There 
is, I believe, but one eflate, and that not of 


Yorkshire* ^ 

confiderable magnitude, upon which any 
large timber can now be found. 

I. The AGE OF SELLING is, thefeforc, 
lower here, than in mofl other countries* 
There are inflances of fapHng woods being 
fold, 2X forty or fifty years old-, and, when 
fituated near a new Inclofure, are thought to 
pay better, at that age, than they would have 
done, had they been fuffered to ftand a longer 

One fold, 2X forty years old, neated to the 
feller, about twenty pounds an acre. The 
foil a cold fpringy clay, — worth, in a ftate 
of ordinary improvement as arable land, i^wtvi 
or eight fhillings an acre. But it would cofl 
a conliderable portion of its value, to change 
it from a ftate of woodland, to that ilate. 
Therefore, confidering the coft of improve- 
ment, in one cafe, and the profit of the 
weedling plants and underwood in the other, 
it is much more eligible to keep this, or any 
wood fimilarly circumftanced, in its prefent 
flate, or to improve it, to the utmofl, as^ 
woodland, than to fubjedt it to agi'kultural 

Vol. I. Q^ 2. The 

♦ See Wfst of England, Minuts 35, for Calcu- 
latioQs on this fubjedt. 


2. The MODE OF DISPOSAL is to fell it, 
in the grofs, jianding ; by autiioriy or hy pri^ 
vate contract. The former, however, is, for 
the feller, the moll eligible mode of fale ; 
where men of property and chara(fler arc 

The buyers of timber are, generally, men 
of bufmefs ; profeflionally verfed in the value 
of wood ; and able to make their own valu- 
ations, with fufficient accuracy ; while the 
feller is obliged to rely on the abilities, and 
the integrity, of a third perfon ; who, being 
uninterefted in the fale, wants the main 
ilimulus to rigid accuracy. 

But, in a sale by auction, with a fuf- 
ficient number of bidders, the feller's valu- 
ation is of little confequence : the bargain, 
in this cafe, is transferred to the bidders : 
the contej} is not between feller and buyer, 
but between bidder and bidder ; both (or all) 
of whom being judges of the lot under fale, 
the feller has more than a fair chance of fell- 
ing it, for its full value. 


timber is to eilimate every tree : not, how- 
ever, by an exadt admeafurement of each ; 
but by taking the dimenlions of a few, with 
fufiicieat accuracy. The valuer, having by 



this means adjufted the eye, he depends Jif- 
terward upon that alone ; except now-and- 
then checking it, with the rod and line. If 
the trees be of moderate girt, the rod and 
line are fometimes difpenfed with, by men 
in great practice ; who, with the arms only, 
can take the girt, and the ground length, 
with fufficient accuracy. 

III. FELLING. The pradice of re- 
fpringing fallen woods being the eflabliflied 
practice of the country, that of felling tim- 
ber trees a few inches above ground is uni- 
verlally prevalent. Grubbing, or grub- 
felling in the Norfolk manner, is feldom, if 
ever, pracftifed. 

The PEELING of oak timber is generally 
done, by the day ; the laborers being, I be- 
lieve, invariably employed by the timber- 
merchant, not by the tanner : practices 
which are productive of a confiderable faving 
of bark. Men, working by the ton or the 
quarter, or tanners, paying by weight or 
meafure, will not peel the boughs fufficiently 
near ; it is againfl their intereft to do it. But 
it is the intereft of the timber merchant, or 
of the tanner, if he purchaie by the grofs, or 
by the ton of timber, to peel, fo long, as the 
bark will pay for the labor. This accounts 

0^2 for 


for the fmallnefs of the twigs, ufually peeled, 
in this country : if the bark run freely, t\vigs, 
not much thicker than the finger, are fre- 
quently ftripped. 

The method of drying bark, in this 
Diflri<ft, is generally the common one of 
fctting it, in a leaning pofture, againft poles, 
lying horizontally, on forked flakes. But, 
in a wet feafon, or when the ground is natu- 
rally moift, it is laid acrofs a line of topwood, 
formed into a kind of banklet, raifing the 
bark about a foot from the ground. By this 
prad:ice, no part of the bark is fuffered to 
touch the ground : and it is, perhaps, upon 
, the whole, the beft pradicc, in all feafons 
' and fituations. 

timber, the principal markets have, hitherto, 
been the ports of Whitby and Scarborough. 
But there is, now, very little ihip timber left. 
The feedling woods are few and fmall ; and 
faplings, in general, /landing thick upon the 
ground, perhaps three or four from a ftool, 
rife too ftraight, and are yet much too young, 
for the purpofes of fhip building. It is a 
fa6t, however, that at prefent (1787) the 
fpirit of fhip building is fo flat, that, fcarce as 



fiiip timber is really become, the market is 
now overil:ocked. 

The medium price oi J1:ip timber, de- 
livered at the ports, is 3I. to three guineas, a 
ton, of forty feet. But the price varies with 
the times, and flill more according to the 
quality, that is the crookednefs of the wood. 
Oak timber, tit for the purpofe of the boiije^ 
carpenter, may now be bought for fourteen 
pence, a foot. 

Ash timber is chiefly worked up by the 
cartivrights 'y and by coopers, into butter- 
iirkins, and dairy utenfils. The price, one 
fliilling to eighteenpence a foot, in the flick. 

This fnnilarity of price, between afh and 
oak timber, is owing to feveral caufes : the 
prefent want of demand for oak ; the prefent 
fcarcity of afh ; and to the circumilance of 
afh timber being, on the fpot, at its principal 
market ; whereas oak requires to be carried 
twenty miles, before it can be placed in a 
fimilar fituation. 

V. BARK. Oak bark is here fold to the 
tanner, ready prepared for his ufe. The 
timber merchant not only dries it in the wood, 
but flacks or houfes it ; and generally fbaves 
and chops it, ready for the tanpit -, felling it 
to the tanner, at fo much a quarter. 

CLs This 


This cu{lom appears to be founded on a 
falfe bails : the tanner is, or ought to be, the 
beft judge of the mode of preparation, and 
the operation ought to pafs under his eye. 

The practice of grinding bark does not 
feem to have yet got footing, in the Diftri<5l : 
whenever it does, it will of courfe bring the 
preparation of bark into its proper channel. 

The medium price of chopt bark, is i os. 6d. 
a quarter. 

carriage of timber has ion^ be«n a dlilindt 
employment, in this part of the Diil:ri<ft. 
The price for t^venty miles, the neareft dif- 
tance, is about 1 5s. a ton, of forty feet ; for 
forty miles, the longeft diflance, 30s. has 
been given :— tliis is, in both cafes, ninepence, 
a ton, a mile. 

Supposing the price of oak timber, at the 
ports, to be three pounds, a ton ; and that it 
lies at the weftern extremity of the Vale j 
the carriage reduces the price, in the place of 
growth, to "^os. a ton; which is one half o£ 
the price at market. But timber, which 
grows only twenty miles from the ports, is 
reduced in price, by carriage, only one fourth 
of its market price ; and that grown, with- 



in ten miles of market, no more than one 
eighth *. 

Thefe circumftances {how, in a flriking 
manner, the advantage of propagating tim- 
ber, in the neighbourhood of fhip yards; 
and point out the impropriety of railing it, 
at a diflance from water carriage; or fome- 
cflablifhed inland market. 



fcarcely be faid to have gained a footing in 
the DiftriiCl under furvey. 

Of late years, the paflion of taking down 
has been much ftronger, than that of railing 

0^4 up. 

* Some years ago, the price of ordinary afh timber, at 
Scarborough, was I id. a foot. There was an inftance of a 
parcel being carried, fomewhat more than twenty miles 
(the inland market being of courfe overftockcd) at the 
rate of 5d. a foot, for carnage. This reduced the price to 
6d. a foot, in the place of its growth. Had fuch alh timber 
been carried, at thofe prices, from the extremity of th« 
Vale, it would have neated only 2d. a foot. 


up. Indeed, in ibme parts of it, the na- 
tural WOODLANDS, which abound, render 
PLANTATIONS the Icfs DecclTary. 

But upon the ic-i/Uj, and other heights ad- 
jacent to the Vale, shelter plantations 
are every where wanted ; and it muil be a 
matter of aftoniihinent, to every one who 
gives it a moment's reflection, that the fpirit 
of planting {hould, in theie iituations, have 
lain dormant fo long. 

Upon the wolds, however, it has at length 
lifen into achoo. Sir Gro. Strickland 
has fcattcred a number of iheltering clumps, 
upon the heights, towards Malton ; and Sir 
Christopher Sykes and others are placing 
ikreen plantations, upon the bleak fwells of 
the higher Wolds. Should this laudable 
fpirit di5ufe itfelf into a general pradtice, not 
only the face of this fine paii^e of country, 
but the very foil, or at Jeaft its produce and 
value, will in a ihort time be changed. 

The ikreen plantations, which I have ob- 
ferved upon the Wolds, are ail of the mis-i 
CELLANEOUs kind; — pines and deciduous 
trees of various forts, mixt together. 

It ftrike! me, however, that the beech, 
alone, would be the moft eligible tree to be 
propagated upon the Wolds : it is peculiarly 



adapted to calcareous foils ; and thrives with 
lingular vigour in expofed fituations. Upon 
the chalky hills of Surrey and Kent, it is 
the prevailing timber tree. Upon the hills 
about AmerfliatTi in Buckinghamlhire, too, 
a chalky foil, the beech thrives with un- 
common beauty and luxuriance : and its 
wood feems to be growing daily into efli- 

Sowing the mafts, in drills, and cultivating 
the intervals, is perhaps the moft eligible 
method of propagating thist ree, forthepur- 
pofe here mentioned. 

In the Vale, the almoft only plantations, 
which have been made with a view to uti- 
lity, are fmall clumps of Scotch Jir, planted 
for the purpofe of giving flicker, and fhade, 
to pafturing flock. 

There is one inflance, however, in which 
a more regular plan of improvement has been 
chalked out, and executed. 

This inilance of improvement, having 
been profecuted w^ith judgment and perfe- 
verance, and by one from whom I have re- 
ceived more ufeful ideas, in planting, than 
from any other man I have converfed with, 
is noticeable. 



Thcj^te of improvement was a low moory 
fwamp, lying barely above the level of a 
fivulet, running by the fide of it. The/u6- 
foil a blue clay: the topfcil a black peat 
earth, of an irregukr depth i var}dng from a 
foot to three or four feet deep. The turf a 
mat of rulhes, fedges, and other paluflrian 
v/eeds, equally unpalatable and unproduc- 
tive, either of hay or pafturrge ; fome parts 
of it being dangerous to flock. The firm 
triangular : the area, containing nine or ten 
acres, an entire flat ; except a gentle defcent 
towards the longeil corner. The Jituation, 
though low, extremely chilling, being ex- 
pofed, on every fide, in a naked watery 

The Improvements, obvloufly requifitc 
in this cafe, were ivarmtb^ and a proper de- 
gree of dryncfs. 

To obtain thefe, the rivulet and the fur- 
rounding ditches were deepened ; and a deep 
counter ditch, main drain, or Hiore, funk at 
a diftance from the boundary {tv^Q^ ; leaving 
an irregular border, of five to ten yards wide, 
entirely round the area of the fite of im- 
provement ; which, by this fimple operation, 
alone, was removed fufficiently out of the 
water's way -, except at the loweil extre- 


mity, where the main drain had its outlet 
into the rivulet. 

The BORDER, too, by the lame operation, 
was laid fufficiently dry, for the purpole of 


The loVefl extremity, and the moifter 
part of the margin next the rivulet, were 
planted with aquatics ; the drier parts 
with FOREST TREES of various fpecies. 

It is now fourteen or fifteen years, fincc 
this improvement was firfl let about. The 
border of planting begins already to have, at 
fome diftance, the efFedl of an entire plan- 
tation of equal circuit ; while the area, 
within, enjoys all the advantages which 
llielter can give it. 

What remains to be faid, here, refpe(5ting 
the efted^ of the improvement under detail, 
is to mention the prefent flate of growth, 
and the comparative progrefs, of the different 


It is an opinion of the improver of this 
plot of ground, that a drained moor is the 
driej} of foils : an opinion founded on his 
own experience. The fummers of Eighty- 

♦ The further improvement of the area will be men- 
tioned in its proper place. 


five and Eightyfix were very dry ; the plan- 
tation made little progrefs, and the area was 
unprodu(ftive. This year (1787) the fum- 
mer has been moift ; — the trees and the grafs 
are equally luxuriant. 

MooRV SOIL, when perfe6:ly dry, repels 
water lil^e a dry fpunge ; but, like this, 
when once it is faturated with moifturc, it 
retains it longer, than common earth does. 
But a moor, eiFe(ftual]y drained, and placed 
above the level of colledled moifture, is not 
readily filled with water ; it may therefore 
be julUy ranked among the drieji foils. 

This accounts for the rapid progrefs which 
the liiRCH and the Scotch fir (both of 
them mountain plants) have made in thefc 
plantations. In the drier parts, they arc 
more than twenty feet high ; far outftripping 
^very other fpecies ; except 

The Norway spruce, which, for the 
firfl ten or twelve years, at leaft, thrives 
vigoroufly. But fome plants of this fpecies, 
planted fourteen or fifteen years ago, are 
getting ragged, and appear to be in an un- 
thriving ilate. But whether this be owing 
to the feverity of the late winters, or whe- 
ther tile roots, being now crampt for room^ 
have got dov.ri to the uncultivated moor, or 



the cold barren clay which lies under it, is 

The American spruce, too, the pine- 
aster, the LARCH, and the Virginia 
CEDAR, thrive abundantly, in this foil and 
fituation ; but none of thefe have been 
planted more than feven or eight years. 

The ASH and the broad-leaved elm 
alfo make a promifing appearance ; but the 
OAKS, though they look healthy, do not 
fhoot upward *. 

On the moifter parts, the alder takes the 
lead. But the ash, the asp, the poplar, 
and the osier, grow with fufficient luxu- 
riance, to fhew, that their iituation is per- 
fet!illy agreeable to them. 

A patch of 0ZIER3 were kept down, ex- 
perimentally, as an ozier bed. The growth 
was luxuriant ; and the profit, the fecond to 
the fifth year, ample ; the produce, at leall:, 


* This, however, is thought to be covins; more to late 
SPRING FROSTS, than to the nature ot the foil. Silver firs 
have done worfe than the oaks ; but (hoots, feveral inches 
in length, have been evidendy obferved :o be nipped ofF, 
hyfumfmr frofts ; which, it is obfb.-'. able, are much ftronger 
in low than in high fituations; owing, p?rh.ips, to the 
greater quantity of moifture in the air : This, at leaft, 
accounts for the extraordinary quantity of hor.'-y collected 
in low fituations. 


five pound?, an acre, yearly : but the plant* 
beginning to decline, and an ozier ground 
not being calculated to give the required 
(lielter, the experiment was not purfued. 

Gen. Obs. Upon the whole, it appears to 
me evident, that the osier, the ash, and the 
BIRCH are the moil eligible fpecies to be 
planted on a drained moor ; keeping them 
in a flate of coppice wood, and felling the 
inner and outer edges of the border, alter- 
nately : the firft fall for flakes ; the fecond 
and fucceeding falls for rails. 

By this means a perpetual shelter 
would be fecured. 

A few Scotch firs, planted at proper 
diilances upon the margins, and kept pruned 
on the inner fides, would add a degree of 
ornament, witliout being deflrudlive of 






THE SIZES OF FARMS var}% in dif- 
ferent parts of the Dillrict. On. the 
Wolds, they are principally A/rj-c- ; in the 
V A L E and the Mo r elands, extremely frnalL 

Coniidering the Vale, diflindly, more 
than half of its lafids are laid out, in farms, 
under twenty pounds, ayear. Perhaps, three 
fourths of the Vale, and the lands belonging 
to it, lie in farms, of lefs than nfty pounds, 

In the welt marihes, and in the richer 
PARTS OF THE Vale, low moill fituations, 
inhabitants are thinner, and farms larger. 

But viewing- the Vale, coUedtivelv, there 
is not, perhaps, in this kingdom, another 
Diilri(5t of equal extent, and of which 


240 FAR M S. 


which contains (6 great a number ofjarms, 
or rather parcels of land in diftin<fl occu- 
pation ; many of them being occupied, not 
by TENANTS, but by owners *. 

The advocates for small farms will 
conceive, that a Diftrlcfl thus laid out mud 
neceflarily excel in hufbandry j and tliat the 
fuperiority of management mult, of courfe, 
be in proportion to their degree of fmallAefs. 

On the contrar\% however, no country, 
perhaps, aftbrds ftronger evidence of the fal- 
lacy of thofe conceptions. A mixture of 
good and bad management is evident, in 
every quarter of it ; and it is on the larger, 
not on the Jma/kr farms, we find a spirit 
OP IMPROVEMENT, and a superiority of 
MANAGEMENT prevail. 

Poverty and ignorance are the ordinary 
inhabitants of fmall farms : even the fmaller 
cftates of the yeomanry are notorious for bad 

It is on the lareer eflates of veomanrv, and 
en the larger fiirms of tenants, we muft look 
for the beft practice of the Diftri^It. 


* "When this vns written, the West or England 
lad not pafkd under my obL-rvatioa. (1796.) 


It is not meant, that a regular gradation 
of management can be traced, by the mag- 
nitude of farms : many exceptions might be 
pointed out. Nor does it follow, from the 
evidence of this Diftridt, that very large far 7?is 
are conducive to good management. An 
occupier of eight hundred or one thoufand 
pounds, ayear, is too fully employed, with 
the OUTLINES of management, to attend 
fufficiently to minuti.^, much lefs to con- 
ceive and execute ufeful improvements* 
His beil management is to prefs forward, in 
the beaten track of the country he farms in j 
depending upon the amplenefs of his bufinefs, 
to make up the deficiencies, ariiing from the 
unavoidable neglect of minutial matters. 

Vale, is grass, with a fmaller proportion 
of arable land. 

Formerly, the area of the Vale was prin- 
cipally grafs, and tlie margins open arable 
fields. Now, the latter is inclofed, and prin- 
cipally applied to the ufe of the dair)^ ; while 
the former is much of it fubjedled to arable 

Upon the whole, although the admixture 
of arable be conliderable, the Vale, in a 
general point of view, comes under the deno- 
mination of A grassland country. 





FROM WHAT ha? been faid, in the laft 
feftion on Farms, a general idea of the 
Farmers of the Vale may be gathered. 

Among the lower claj's of tenants, little in- 
formation cran be expefted, and llill lefs from 
the inferior yeomanry y whofe fcanty poffeiTions 
are too frequently marked, with an inferiority 
of management. 

RY, and from fome few principal te- 
nants, we muftexpeftto learn the beft prac- 
tice of the country. It is on the farms of men, 
whofe independency, converfation, and per- 
haps reading, has led them to think, and a<i^, 
without prejudice, we muft exped to find a 
fuperiority of general management, andafpi- 
rit of improvement prevail. 

It has long been obferved in the economy 
OF N ations, that where liberty is ellablifhed 
there commerce and the arts tiourifh. And 


Yorkshire. ^43 

it Is equally cbfervable, inRuRAL Economy, 
that where independency refides, there Agri- 
culture improves. A monied man, culti- 
vating his own eftate, enjoys the highell de- 
gree of independency ; a leafe tenant the 
next ; tenants at will the loweft. 

It has alrcadv been intimated, that, in this 
Diftridl, tenants at will (ibme very few per- 
haps excepted) have lofl all confidence ^ and 
conlequently have lofl even their ideal inde^ 
pendency. They dare not improve left fomc 
advantage fhould be taken of their improve- 
ments. It has alfo been faid that leales are> 
yet, but little in ufe. 

Therefore, among the yeomanry, alone, 
we muft look for that degree of indepen- 
dency, which is effentially necelTary to im- 
provements in Agriculture. 

No country, of equal extent, can boaft of 
fo numerous a body of yeomanry, as the Vale 
under furvey y nor any country, I will venture 
to athrm, where indullry and fru8:alitv are 
more confpicuous ; or where a perfonal in- 
dependency is more ftrongly rooted, among 
men in middle life. 

R 2 WORK. 

144 WORK M E N. 


Diftria: are noticeable, for the highnefs of 
their wages, and the lownefs of their hving, 
and for the length of their working hours. 

The WAGES, of an able man fervant, are 
twelve to fifteen pounds, ayear. During the 
late war, fifteen to eighteen pounds were 

given ! 

But the fimplicity of their diet more 
than compenfates for the extraordinary height 
of their wages. Miik Itill remains, here, a 
fbod of farmers' fervants. In fome places, 
anhnal food, tJiree times a day, is expeded ; 
here, once a day (except perhaps in haytime 
and harveft) is confidered as fufficient. 

In MALT LIQUOR, too, the farm fervants 
of this country are equally moderate. 

Neverthclels, if one may judge from their 
appearance, and from the quantity of labor 
they difpatch, their mode of living is con- 
ducive to HEALTH. 


Y<)RKSHIRE. 245 


which prevails through this country, is Mar- 
tinmas (Nov. 22.) *. The conveniency of 
this time of changing fervants, and the in- 
aonveniency of changing at Michaelmas, 
have been pointed out on a former occafion -j-. 


THE LONG AGITATED difpute, about 
the fuperiority of OXEN or horses, as beafts 
of draught, may here be coniidered with An- 
gular propriety. But, I am afraid, even this 
country will not furnifh fufficient evidence, 
for a final decifion. 

Formerly, and from time immemorial, 
four or fix oxen, in yokes, led by two horfes, 
alfo double, were the invariable " draught" 

R 3 or 

# Except in Cleveland, where Mayday is a more 
general time »-f changing. 

f bee ..iiNUTiiS OF Agriculture — Dates 10 and 
12 October 1775. 


or team of the country ; not only upon the 
road, but in plowing. Even in ftirring a 
fallow, four oxen and two horfes were gene- 
rally coniidered as requifite. And, in break- 
ing up a fallow, two men and a boy were 
the common attendants, of this unwieldy ex- 
penfive team. 

At prefent, there is not, perhaps, through- 
out the Vale, a iingle ox employed in tillage : 
two horfes, with whip reins, without a driver, 
is now the univerfal plow team for all foils, 
in almoll: every ftate. 

Upon the road, however — that is to fay, in 
farm carriages — oxen are llill in ufe ; but 
feldom more than a Iingle pair to a carriage ; 
—generally at the pole, with two or three 
horfes, at length, before them. Befides, a 
number of entire horfe teams, now, travel 
upon the roads j things which, formerly, 
were unknown in the country. 

On a general view, and in the opinion of 
men whofe age entitles them to be judges of 
the fjbjeet, there is not kept, at prefent, one- 
fourth of the worJiing oxen, which formerly 
were employed, in the Vale. 

Shall we hence argue, that becaufe oxen 
have declined, they are ineligible as beads of 
(Iraught ? It nilght be unfair to do it. 



There are two evident caufes of the decline 
of oxen, in this country. 

Formerly, there was not only much more 
land in tillage, but the plow of thofe days 
was a heavy ill fhapen implement, requiring 
at leaft one pair of oxen extraordinary to 
draw it ; yet, unwieldy as it was, the quan- 
tity of land, then in tillage, required that it 
fhould be worked, in all feafons. At pre- 
fent, the plow in ufe is admirably con- 
ilrudted ; — light, and well formed for paffing 
through the foil. With this plow, and with 
the land in feafon, it is found, that the two 
horfes alone, without the oxen, are fulficient 
for the purpofe of tillage. This, in a country 
where the breeding of horfes had long been 
an eftabhfhed practice, was a fufficient qaufe 
of the dijujeofoxen in plowing. 

Their decline upon the road is, in part, 
owing to the fame caufe. Four horfes make 
two plow teams, and, occafionally, a road 
team. This accounts, in fome meafure, for 
the increafe of horfe teams, upon the road ; 
but it is not the only caufe of their increafe. 
When oxen were in common ufe, the roadi 
lay in their natural flat ftate ; deep in winter, 
and foft to the hoof in fummer : now, they 
are univerfally a rough caufe way of lime- 
R 4 ftones, 


irones, in all feafons unfriendly to the feet of 
oxen. Even Shoeing is found ineftedoal, 
when they go conllantly upon the road. 

Under this change of circumftances, it is 
no wonder that the ule of oxen fhould have 
declined. On the contrary, it appears to mc 
a matter of furprile, that fo great a number 
fhould iliil be employed ; a circiimftancc 
which, in my mind, evinces their utiiitv as 
beafls of draught. 

Even the tiniber carriers (an inc.::r::us 
and wary fet of men) continue to ufe them ; 
though their ible emplojnient be upon the 
road. , They not only find them able to ihmd 
working, every day, provided their feet do 
not fail them ; but, what is much in their 
fevor, they are found to ftand long hours, 
better than horfes going in the iame pailurc. 
An ox, in a good pailure, foon fills his belly, 
and lays himfelf dovm to reft ; whereas a 
ihort fummer's night fcarcelv afibrds a hone 
time enough to latisfy his hunger. 

Another advantage of oxen is, here, held 
out. In ftiit pulls of every kind, mofl ^i^- 
ciallj in going up lleep hills, a pair of oxen 
areconfidered as a iheet anchor. Horfes, it 
b argued, are fearlui, and icon lofe their 
teet, in a fteep flippery road ; while oxen, 



where they are unable to proceed, will ftand 
their ground. Indeed, oxen feem to be con- 
fidered as eiTentially necefTary, in an aukward 
hilly country. 

This idea, in a country where half bred 
hunters are the principal horfes ufed in 
draught, is no doubt well founded ; but 
where .thorough bred cart horfes are in ufe, 
it lofes much of its weio-ht. 

But what are thorough bred cart horfes ? 
Why, a fpecies of flrong, heavy, fluggifh 
animals, adapted folely to the purpofe of 
draught; and, according to the prefent law 
of the country, cannot, without an annual 
expence which no one beftows upon them, 
be ufed for any other purpofe. 

This fpecies of beads of draught cofl, at 
four years old, from twenty to thirty pounds ^ 
will, with extravagant keep, extraordinary 
care and attendance, and much good luck, 
continue to labor eight or ten years j and 
may, then, generally be fold for live (hillings, 
a head. 

If we had no other fpecies of animals, 
adapted to the purpofe of draught, in the 
ifland, nor any one which could be natu- 
ralized to the climate, cart horfes would be 
truly valuable ; they being much fu perior 



to the breed of fkddle hories, for the pur- 
pofe of draught. 

But it appears to me evident, from the ex- 
perience I have had, and the obfervations I 
have made, that were only a fmall tharc of 
the attention paid to the B R £ E D 1 N G of draught 
oxen, which now is bellowed on the breed- ' 
ing of cart horfes ; animals equally power- 
ful ; more adtive; leiscoflly; equally adapted 
to the purpofes of husbandry, (it harnelJed 
with equal judgment) ; lefs expenlive in keep 
and attendance ; much more durable ; and 
infinitelv more valuable after they have 
finiihed their labors — ^might be prodnced *. 

Oxen, here, are all worked in ^^itv, and 
always kJ, by one or more horfes. They 
are ufually broke in, at two or three years 
old ; and worked, until they be rifing fix i 


* I do not mean to irtimats, that any breed of oxen 
would be equally fi: as horfes, fcr ttiC rnut only : I have had 
no experience oi either of them, in this kind of employ- 
ment i which is foreign to the prefeni fubjed : let cirrjcrs 
and draymen m:ike their own eiedion. All I contend for 
is, that, were a prop.-r aiteation p:^d to BREED, oxen, ar.d 
fpaycd heifers, equally a--; fit for the purpofes of ullage, the 
Ciniage cf nianure, hay, com, and fuel, and fjr every oAcr 
purpofe of DRAUGHT, in the ordinary buiinefc oi" hus- 
bandry, as the heavy cirt hordes a: pref:;at uj ufe, might 
bw obtained. 


when they are bought up, for the Midland, or 
South country graziers. 

Coniidering oxen as rearing cattle, which 
are worked occalionally during the years of 
growth, this plan of management is eHgible 
enough; but viewing them, abllractedly, as 
beajis of draught, that mode of treatm.ent is 
very injudicious : they are worked while 
they are feeble for want of age, aukward for 
wantof experience, and thick winded through 
a fullnefs of growth ; and thrown up fo foon 
as they have learnt to know their duty, and 
are become able to lland work. 

A fteer, like a colt, ought to be familiarized 
to harnefs, at two or three years old j but 
fhould never be fubjecl^ed to hard labor until 
he be five years old : from which age, until 
he be fifteen or perhaps twenty, he m.ay be 
confidered as in his prime, as a beaft of 
draught. An ox v/hich I worked feveral 
years in Surrey, might, at feventeen or 
eighteen years old, have challenged, for 
ftrength, agility and fagacity, the bell bred 
i:art horfe in the kingdom. 

The SPECIES of ox, worked in this Diflridt, 
will appear under the head Breed op 




THE Implements of the Vale, v/hich re- 
quire to be noticed, are, 

1. Waggons. fledge. 

2. Plows. 4. Molding fledges. 

3. The common 5. Machine fans. 

I. WAGGONS. The waggons, and other 
wheel carriages of the Vale are, in general, 
confiderably below the middle fize. — A full 
^ed Waggon does not meafure more than 
forty cubical feet : the ox cart — provincially 
♦* coop" — about twentyfour feet. 

Their conjirudiou, though in many refpe(fts 
iiiigular, is pafied over, as being in no wife 
Pcc jliarlv excellent -. Bjt they have a defect 


* Excrprir.g in two petty imprcvements, Vi-hich I have 
ha*.^ no: cbfeneJ el/jwhere. The one is a firaplc im- 
gnnremen: of the Wheel-washer — provincially " Run- 
ner'' — — 'A-hich frequeatly fticlcing in the end of the nave, 
we^rs off ihe ends of the !inch-pin ; thereby loung its prin- 
cipal intention. The improvement is made by placing a 
taoh; on the oater furfacc c^ the Wafher j ^^'hich, catching 


"Vwliich requires particular notice ; as it is not 
peculiar to the Yorkfbire waggon ; but is 
common, in a greater or lefo degree, to the 
carriages of other Di{lri(!l:s. 

The Turnpike-road Adt, made in the thir- 
teenth year of the prefent reign, orders, 
" that no pair of fuch wheels (common 
three inch wheels) paffing on turnpike roads, 
being above twenty miles from London, 
fhall be wider ihzn four feet Jix inches, from 
infide to infide, to be meafured on the 
ground ;" (that is, four feet nine inches from 
middle to jniddle of the ruts) " under the pe- 
nalty of five pounds !" 

The waggons of the Midland counties 
(the fize of them extraordinary large) run 
the width of five feet two or three inches, 
from middle to middle of the rut. Thofe 
of Gloucefi:erlliire (of the middle fize) run 
four feet nine inches wide : thofe of the Vale 
of Pickering only four feet three inches. 


the end of the linch-pin, prevents its turning round with 
the wheel j by which means the entire fri£tion is, as it 
ouc^ht to be, between the Wafher ?.nd the end of the box of 
the nave. Accidents frequently happen, for want of this 
precaution. The other improvement is a Falling 
DOOR, in the bottom of the fore part of the waggon ; for 
the more eafy delivery of lime, coals, and other bodyload^. 

254 1 M P L E M E N T S. 

All theie '.vidths are much too fmallioz the 
rcfpeclive fizes of the carriages : atid how 
the franicrs of the Bill, above mentioned, 
could impofe a rellriiftion, evidently tending 
to deflroy the reads, they \v€re endeavouring 
to preierve, is a matter of fomc furprize. 

In the article Roads, page 172, the effe<fts 
of carriages, paifing upon (helving roads (of 
the nature of which every barrelled tumpiki 
road more or lefs partakes) have been men- 
tioned. The damage will always be, in pro- 
portion to the inclination of the road, to the 
height of the load, and to the narrownefs of 
the fpan of the wheels, conlidered jointly. 

The center of gravity of the load (inclu- 
ding the carriage), and the two points of the 
peripheries of the wheels (of a two -wheeled 
carriage), which arc in contaft with the road, 
fonn a triangle. The extremity of damage 
is wli^n tho load is in the equipoife of over- 
turning ; the entire weight of the load and 
carriage rcliing, at that time, upon one wheel; 
which, in that cafe, injures the road as much 
as a load, of mtich greater weight, would, 
in paffing upon a level road. Whenever 
t'x'Cvidxjidt: ot the triangle, above defcribcd, is 
brought into a perpendicular pofition, the 
lead is in the injurious equilibrium. 



Thefe premifes being duly confidered, it 
-is obvious, that there are three wavs of redu- 
cing the perpendicularity of the line ; con- 
fequently, of preventing a loaded carriage 
from being placed in fo deftrudlive and dan- 
gerous a flate. Firil:, by raifing the depref- 
fed corner of the triangle ; that is, by bring- 
ing the road nearer to a level : fecond, by 
fhortening the fides of the triangle ; that is, 
by lowering the center of gravity of the 
load ; or, in other words, reducing the height 
of the carriage : third, by lengthening the 
bafe of the triangle ; that is, by widening the 
fpan, or placing the wheels farther afunder. 
Thefe things are mathematically demonflra- 
ble ; but as they mull: appear obvious, to every 
one, acquainted with the rudiments of fci- 
#nce, it would be wrong to load the prefent 
Tolume, with a more minute explanation. 

But the injurv^ of the roads is only one part 
of the mifchief, arifing from the wheels of 
carriages, running too narrov/. The increafc 
of draught (fee Roads, p. ij^-)* ^^^ extra- 
ordinary ftrefs and wear of the carriage, and 
the evil effects of overturning, — are matters 
o{ flill more importance, to farmers, and 
other proprietors of carriages. 

It would, perhaps, be in vain to conjec- 

«56 I M P L E M E N T S. 

ture the means, through whicli the prefbnt 
widths of the fpan of carriages have beert 
cftahlidied, in dilferent countries; each of 
which has its particular widtli; otlierwife, the 
difficulty of palling in rutty by roads would be 
greatly increafed. 

In the prefent ftate of hufbandry and land-- 
carriage, and the prefent flate of roads, it 
appears to me evident, that gateways, 
alone, ought to prefcribe bounds to the width 
of carriages. 

Farm gateways meafure from eight feet 
and a half to ten feet wide. I know no ex- 
traordinary inconveniency arifing from a gate- 
way of the latter width ; and through fuch a 
gateway there would be no difficulty in con- 
du(fting a carriage, with diflied wheels, run- 
ning five feet or even fix feet wide. Five 
feet and a half would, perhaps, be found the 
beft legal width. 

This increafe of width would operate, in a 
variety of ways, to the advantage of land- 
carriage. Roads would be lefs injured; team- 
lalx)r would be lacilitated ; carriages would 
lail longer ; and kads would be lefs expofcd 
to danger, than at prefent. 

Nor would thefe he the only advantages : 
the increafed dif^anc^> between the wheels, 



Would admit of a proportional increafe in 
the width of the body of the carriage ; and 
this of a proportional redudlion of the height 
of the load. Advantages, thefe, befides the 
additional flren:^th which the carriage would 
by this means receive, which appear to me 
too obvious to require farther argument. 

II. PLOW. The plow, at prefent in 
univerfal eftimaticji in the Vale, is of the 
light, fhort, winding-moldboard fort, which, 
in different parts of the kingdom, goes under 
the nam.e of the Dutch plo'-ji\ or the Torkjkire 

On the conftrudtion of a fhip, volumes have 
been written, without any univerfally receiv- 
ed principles being vet eftablillied. The Ber- 
mudians, who build by the eye alone, without 
either drawing or gauge to affiil: them, excel 
all other nations, in the conftrucflion of fmall 
veffels (the almofh ovAy produce of their 
iflands) ; which are remarkable as fail failers, 
and notorious for lying nearer the wind, than 
other veifels. 

Different as the fhip and the plow may be, 
in magnitude and general appearance, there is 
fome fimilarity, in the principles of their con- 
flruftion ; and the difficulty of fixing thofe 
principles, and of reducing them to a regular 

Vol. I. S theory. 


theory, is nearly the fame in both. The art 
of conftru(5tion, in either cafe, is principally 
attamed bypra<Ctice. 

In this Diftria, the fpecies of plow under 
notice is, in general, conftniaed better than 
it is, perhaps, in any other ; yet, even here, the 
plows of different makers pafs through the 
foil, with various degrees of faciUt)^ and exe- 
cution : neverthelefs, though I have paid 
fome attention to the different makes, I find 
myfelf unable to detail the minutiae of con- 
flrudlion. Even the general principles I 
mufl mention with diffidence. 

The great difHculty, in the conflrudion of 
a plow, is that of adapting it to all foils, in 
all feafons, and to all depths. 

If the foil break up in whole furrow, every 
Inch of depth requires, in flridnefs, a fepa- 
mte plow, or a feparate regulation. Here 
refts the great objedlion to the winding 
MOLDBOARD, which admits of no regulation 
in refpea of depth. 

If x.\\€: ft mi-arch, or hollow of the hindpart 
of the moldboard, be raifed fufficiently high, 
to turn a thick furrow completely, it is of 
little ufe, in turning a thin one. On the con- 
trary, if it be brought down fufiiciently low, 
to turn a {hallow furrow properly, it is im- 



pofTible to turn a deep one with it. In a work- 
manlike manner. There is not room for it 
within the hollow or femi-archway of the 
moldboard. The inevitable effect of this 
is, either the furrow is forced awav, wholly, 
by the upper part of the moldboard, and 
fet on edge ; or the moldboard rides upon 
the plit, raifing the heel of the plow from 
the bottom of the furrow; efpeciallyin plow- 
ing fward, or other whole ground. 

An rpRiGHT STSRN, with a moveable 
HEELPLATE* to turn the furrow at any given 
depth, is, in this point of view, much pre- 
ferable to a hollow moldboard ; and if its 
ufe, in railing a crellofmold, for the pur- 
ppfe of covering the feed, be added, its pre- 
ference is ll:ill more confpicuous ; and I fee 
no reafon why the Yorklhire plow fliould not 
receive fo valuable an improvement. 

The FOREPARTS of a Yorklhire plov%', of 
the beft conftru<flion, are admirably adapted 
to infmuate themfelves beneath the foil, and 
to raifc the plowllice : a better form, perhaps, 
cannot be contrived. 

But the plows, even of this neighbourhood, 
are far from being uniformly excellent, in 

S 2 that 

* See Minutes in Surrey. 

26© I M P 1 1 M E N T S. 

that TcCptci. The neck is frequently too 
thick and the bosom too hollow: the former 
creates an unneceflary friction ; and the latter 
forms a receptacle for loofe mold to lodge 
in i and both of them are detrimental tojhe 
turning of the plit. The bofom may be 
made too full, but the neck cannot, well, be 
made too fine, on the off or outer edge. 

The righthand fide of the focket of the 
SH AK£ ought to be brought down to a iharp 
angle, or rather to an edge ; the under fide 
being made flat, and as level as may be, with 
the under furface or foal of the plow. The 
part which is folded back, to lay hold of the 
bottom of the woodwork, too frequently 
forms a foul protuberance, on the foal ; ren- 
dering the plow unileady, — increafing the 
fTi<flion unneceiTarily, — and, by raifing up the 
fin of the iharc, preventing it from adhng pro- 

The form of the Yorkihire plow is not its 
only excellency : the ordinary price of the 
woodwork comnlete, is not more than fcvcn 
/hillings and fixpence ! the iron work about 
twenty /hillings, including plates for the 
landlide and moldboard. C^j} iron pLites, 
fcmcwhat refembling thofe of the Norfolk 
plow, lire now coming into ufe, inflead of 



svcxxicn moldboards. Thofe will reduce the 
general price ftill lower. 

petty implement will be confidered as un- 
worthy of notice, by thofe who are unac- 
quainted with the ufes of it, Neverthelefs, 
here, where it is in common ufe, it is in 
univerfal eftimation. 

For carrj^ing harrows and other imple- 
ments, — thorns and other rough wood,— 
turneps when th^ ground is tender, &c. &c. 
a (ledge is, frequently, much preferable to a 
cart or a waggon. Some are made fmall and 
light, for one horfe ; others ftrong and large, 
to be drawn by a team of oxen or horfes. 

The principal linguhrity of conftrutflion- 
confifts in a valuable addition, to the com- 
mon harrow fledge of other countries. This 
addition is made with two crofs pieces (like 
the crofs pieces of a cart or waggon), one 
fixed upon each end of the body of th^ 
fledge, projeding without the fide pieces, 
about ten or twelve inches, at each end. Upon 
the extremities of thefe crofs pieces are fixed 
two rails, — provincially, *' fhelvings," — one 
on each fide ; thus increafing the width and 
hollownefs of the bed of the fledge, and 
S 3 thereby 


thereby rendering it capable of carrj'^ing a 
larger load with greater lleadinefs. 

plement, I apprehend, is peculiar to York*, 

Its USE is that of fmoothing the furface 
of meadows ; at the fame time fpreading the 
dung and molehills. 

The CONSTRUCTION is that of the body 
of the common fledge, without its fide rails 
and crofs pieces ; the upper edges of the fide 
pieces (of the body of the fledge) being, for 
this purpofe, made perfecftly flraight. 

In ufe, it is drawn with the face downward, 
and the fide foremoll:, acrofs the ridges. 

Its EFFECT is different from that of the 
J^ANDPLANE, defcfibed in the Minutes of 
Agriculture ; which, having a middle 
bar, kve/s the furface ; whereas this, having 
no middle bar, on\y/moctbs it. 

The FRONT BAR (namely, thcJjJe which 
is drawn fpremoll:) forces off wormcalls, the 
rudiments of anthills, and other protube- 
rances of the furface ; -alfo colle(Cts the dung 
of cattle and horfes, the molehills, and other 
Joofe incumbrances, which lie in its way. 

This collecftion of materials being driven 
teforc the implement, grind each other down, 



fine enough to lodge in the dimples and 
fiflures of the fward ; thus fmoothing the 
lurface in a twofold way ; and, at the fame 
time, mixing, reducing, and diftributing the 
meliorating ingredients, in the mofl effe(Ctual 

The FRONT BAR is fometimes (liod, with 
iron, projediing, with a hoe-like edge, before 
the wood work. But this is unneceflary; and 
is frequently injurious, in defacing the fward. 
The wood work itfelf, while the adting angle 
in front remains fharp, is perhaps the bell : 
but the angle foon wears off; by which means 
the implement lofes its effedt, in removing 
the more ftubborn protuberances. An iron 
bar fixed, not beneath, but in \\\^ front of the 
wood work, the lower t^^& being fet flufh 
with the face of the implement, adls in a 
limilar way to the wood itfelf, without being 
fo liable, as this, to be worn away. 

The ufe of the hind bar is to give firm- 
nefs to the implement, and to finifh what the 
front bar may, by accident, have left incom- 
pleat j the manner of adding being in both 
of them the fame. 

The length or width of this implement is 

ufually fix to eight feet. The breadth, or 

dimenfion from out-to-out of the front and 

S 4 hind 

j64 I M P L E M E N T S. 

hind pieces, four to five feet. The depth of 
thefe pieces fix to eight inches : their thick-? 
nefs about three inches. 

Additional weight, if required, is given by 
logs, flones, or other heavy materials, laid 
upon the crofs bars which bind the two act- 
ing pieces together. In places where a par- 
ticular exertion is requifite, the driver will 
tdd liis own weight, by ftepping upon the 
implement, and remaining upon it, until the 
oecafion be pafied. 

excellent machine is too well known, as a 
curio/ity, in moft parts of the kingdom, to re-, 
quire, in this place, a general defcription *, 
But the county under obfervation being the 
only one in which its ujl' has been eilablilli- 
ed, in common practice, it merits, in this 
place, particular notice. 

We are probably indebted to the Chinefe, 
or other eaflern nation, for the invention of 
this machine. I have feen it upon an India 
paper, drawn with fufficient accuracy to fhew, 
that the draughtfmanwas intimately acquaint- 


• The late Mr. Sharp of London made it feyera! years. 
Jf^inlaw of Margaret ftrcet, Ca\ endiih fquare, ftilJ makes 


ed with its ufes. The Dutch, to whom 
die Invention has been alcribed, iiiiported it, 
in all probability, from the Eaft Indies. Let 
this be as it may, it indifputably came from . 
Holland, into this country. 

Its firft introducClion, into the Vale, was by 
a gentleman of this neighbourhood, about 
thirtyfive years ago. But the introducer 
committing this complex machine to the care 
of fervants, without jpaying attention to h 
himlelf, it was, as might be exped:ed, focri 
thrown aiide, as ufelefs. 

Some time afterwards, however, it fell into 
the hands of a feniible fubftantial -yeoman ; 
who, with the ailiflance of a friend, dilcover- 
cd its ufefulnefs, and reduced it to pracCtice, 

My father, who had made himfeif mafter 
of the excellencies and defecfts of this pattern, 
made one from it, with fome improvements. 
This was the firft which was made in the Dif- 
tridt, and perhaps the firfl which was made 
in England. 

The utility of thefe being feen, by fome dif- 
cerning individuals, feveral others were con- 
ftrucled, under my father's diredlion. But, 
notwithftanding many of them were kept in 
common ufe, and viiited as fabjecfts of ad- 

i§6 I M P L E M E N T S. 

miratio.^, it was fbme fifteen or twenty years 
before they grew into popular eflimation. 

\^'ithin the laft ten or fifteen years, the 
making of diem has been an ordinary em- 
plo\Tnent of wrights and carpenters. At 
prefent, there is fcarcely any man, whofe 
farming is confiderable, without a " Machine 
Fan :" and, among the fmaller occupiers, it 
is not uncommon for two or more to join, in 
the purchafe and ufe of one of them. 

The CONSTRUCTION of this machine has 
undergone feveral alterations, and feme few 
improvements may have been made in it ; 
none of them, however, of moment; ex- 
cept that of changing the materials of the 
fail?, from boards to iheet iron. Its com- 
plexncfs is the only bar to its popularity. 
Should a happy fimplification of it be hit 
upon, it will doubtlcfs be received into uni- 
verfal practice. 

The prefent ^r/tv is about five guineas. 

Its ujes will be fpcken of, under Barn 





THE BAROMETER, here, as in other 
places, has its advocates and its revilers. 
But neither of them appear to view it in its 
true hght. The former fpeak well of it, be- 
caufe it has more than once faved their hay 
or their corn from damage: the latter re- 
vile, or perhaps break it, becaufe they have 
been caught in the rain, when the weather- 
glafs was above changeable : expediing that 
the g/a/s fhould indicate the weather, with 
the fame precifion, that a clock or a watch 
{hows the time of the day. 

But this is fomewhat unreafonable : it 
would, indeed, be equally philcfophical to 
quarrel with the fcales, when the guinea is 
under weight. It is quarrelling with the 
laws of nature, not with a glafs tube an4 

All that the barometer pretends to is, to 
afcertain the weight of the atmo- 
sphere j which it does with great delicacy 



and accuracy : it is beyond the power of 
nuchaKijm to form fo fine a balance. 

To the improper tables of the Jews, and 
ether makers (who ought to have judged 
better), we muft afcribe thofe difappoint- 
ments which have brought their inllrument 
into undeferved difrepute. \i isftead oi fairy 
rain, and changeable^ they had fubftituted 
heavy, light, and medium, or merely a fcale of 
degrees, the barometer would have been con- 
fidered, what it really is, a balance for alcer- 
taining the weight of the aanofphere ; not, 
what it never was or can be, in itfelf, an in- 
fallible prognofticator of the weather. 

In a former work *, I digelled my ideas on 
this fubject, fully, and circumfpedly. It is 
now more than (^w^n years fince that work 
was written ; during which period I have 
continued to pay, in th^ fummer months of 
almoil every year, ftrict attention to the 
weather. My fuccefs has been ahuoji uni- 
form-, much beyond any thing my expectation 
could have fuggefted. 

My THEORY and practice ilill remain 
unchanged. The setting sun and the 


• ExPE?-iMEKTS and Oeservatioxs conct^n;^g 
Ag?.icult'J?v.£ and U;e Vv'eather. 


BAROMETER, taken joi^itlyy iwt fcpcratelyy 
have been my r.^vV/'dependance : other ap- 
pearances, the WIND, and the heat of 
the atmofphere have, in doabtful cales, lent 
their alTi (lance. 

What I mean to fay further on the fub)e(fl, 
at prefent, is, to recommend to every man, 
concerned in matters of hufbandry, to pay due 
attention to the weather. I know from my own 
experience (even though I may have been in 
fome degree y2?r/««^/^), that much maybe 
faved bv it. 

He muil: not, however, expedl that a fore- 
knowledge of the v/eather is readily learnt : 
like holding the plovs', and judging the qua- 
lity of flock, it requires conliderable prac- 

In haytime and harvefl, let him give an 
eye to atmofpherical appearances, and at- 
tend to the fetting fun, as a bujhicfs of the iirfl 
importance ; and let him confider his baro- 
meter, as a ufeful implement of hujhandry. 

In the courfe of a few f-jmrners, he will 
find himfelf enabled to forefee the weather, 
with the fame kind of practical KK4OW- 
tEDGE, as that which tells him what hay is 
fit for the flack, and which bullock will pay 
bed for grazing. 




Pickei ng, Yorkfhirc. 

.The grofsberry fohated, — lo March. 

The fallow in full blow, — 5 April. 

One fwallow, near water, — 12 April. 

The Hawthorn foliated, — 18 April. 

Swallows about houfcs, — 27 April, 

Cuckow firft heard, — 6 Mav. 

Swifts, — 12 May. 

Oak foiiated, — 29 May. 

Hawthorn blowed, 10 June. 

ALh foliated, — 1 1 June. 

During May, cold pinching winds ; and^ 
in the be einrino: of June, a very fmart froll. 

QuEB^"; Do thefe circumflances account 
for the unufual difference in the time of 
foliation of the oak and the aih, and the 
blowing of the hawthorn ; which, in a com- 
mon year, happen within a few days of each 
other ? The roots of the oak lie low; thofc 
of the a'.h and hawthorn, fjperficially. 

In June, heavy rains fet in ; and ccntinu* 
cd, aln^cil wiihcut intermiliion, until De- 
cember. So wet a fummer his icldom — per-» 
haps fcarcely ever — happened. Hay, in gene- 
ral, was fpoii: ; and thoulands of acres of 
corn were little lefs than walled in the held ? 
a circumflance, perhaps, entirely new in thd 



annals of hufbandry. I never before knew a 
feafon, which did not afford a time (to thofe 
who had patience to wait for it,) for harvell:- 
ing hay and corn, in tolerable condition. Bat 
this year, the late-ripe crops upon the Wolds, 
the Northern Heights, and in the Morelands, 
were, inruitablyy Httle lefs than loft. During 
the latter harveft there were not, I believe, 
two fair days together, until near Chriftmas ! 
the corn, which was carried, was of courfe 
fpoilt, in the ftack or mow. Hogs were 
bought up, and turned loofe among the 
fheaves in the field ! * 

Another remarkable circumf^ance of this 
feafon was the extraordinary^ strength op^ 
VEGETATION ; whichwas equally manifeft in 
the garden and the field.- Every thing wa^ 
out of /ize : Seme plants entirely disfigured. 
Pafture grounds overrun with ilale grafs. 
In fome ftinted paftures (grounds let out an- 
nually in cowgaits to a fixt number of cov/s) 
fcarcely half the grafs was eaten. 

Thefe extraordinary- exertions of ve^eta- 
tion are, perhaps, to be accounted for, in a 
fuccelnon of dry fummers, terminating in a 


* Yorkflilre was not fingular, In this difafter. Ai] ths 
Northern counties, I beliete, fhared a fimilar fate. 

272 TKE weather. 

moill one. The foil, unable to exert itfelf 
during the dry fealbns, became fumilhed with 
extraordiniry powers ; to which the moill- 
nefs of this fummer gave full fcope. 


O F 


The husbandry of the Vale, like that of 
many other Diilri<!ls, has undergone a total 
change by inclosure. 

Formerly, the entire margin, and much of 
the bottom of the Vale, lay in open common 
f lELD ; fubjedi, from, time immcnioml, to 
the round of 

Wheat, barley, or big. 

Oats, bean?, or other pulfc. 

Above thefe helds, were cxtenfivc common 



TURES, for cattle and horfes -, and common 
MEADOWS, for hay. 

, Under this ancient fvftem of manao-ement, 
the produce of the Diftridt was fmall ; the 
fields were unproducCtive, by incellant plow- 
ing, and for want of a change of crops ; and 
the meadows, by being mown, year after year, 
without remiffion, and without any other 
m.elioration, than what chance floods might 
partially afford them : while the pafturt 
grounds, overrun with bufhes and weeds, 
were equally unprodudlive. The principal 
part of the entire produce went to the main- 
tenarlce of the oxen and horfes, employed in 
the cultivation of the fields. Even the yeo- 
manry, with all their induftry and frugality, 
ftarved on their own eftates, well foiled as 
many of them naturally were. 

The Inclofures, which have taken place 
within the prefent century (fee the Art. In- 
CLOSUREs) have not only changed the fyftem 
of management, and increafed the netit pro- 
duce of the Dillrid:, perhaps threefold ; but 
have inverted, in a remarkable manner, the 
ccmparathe value of lands. 

Formerly^ the meadow lands were generally 

efteemed the moft valuable part of a town- 

fhip : there have b^en inftances of thefe lands. 

Vol. L T cold* 


cold-foiled, wet, diilantly fituated, and ur>- 
productive, being exchanged for common- 
field lands ; which, at prcjenty being naturally 
well foiled, fttuated near a town, now inclof- 
ed, and laid down to grafs, are oi free times 
the value of the old grafsland ; fome of which 
flill lies, in an intermixed unimproved flate. 

This is the moll linking proof, I have met 
with, of much being to be done, in fome cafes, 


This extraordinir}* improvement has not 
been effe(rt:ed, by the mere circumllance of 
Inclofure ; but principally by that of chang- 
x^RABLE. A change which feldom fails, 
if properly made, of being highly beneficial 
to the OCCUPIER; and is frequently, as in 
this cafe, permanently beneficial to an 


The ancient fyflem of management being 
now nearly extincl, — and no circumitance of 
it, except the extreme induftr)' and frugality 
with which it was conduced, being worth 
prefervation, — I fliall proceed to coniidcr the 
Vale as an inclosed country, and defcribe 


together with the various^MPROVEMENTs, 




which have been made in it, during the laft 
twenty or thirty years. 

II. The primary OBJECT of the Vale 
Hufbandry is 

Butter j 
put down into firkins -, the beft of it for 
the London market ; the inferior forts for 
the manufadturing towns of Weft Yorkfhire. 

Cows, barren, or in calf; 

Oxen, and fome feiw younger. cattle; ahd 

Horses, principally for the faddle,— 
have long been ftaple produ(ftions of the Vale ; 
and are annually fent out of it. In confiderable 
numbers, principally to the fouthern markets. 

Bullocks, and great quantities of 

Sheep, are fatted. In the Vale and More- 
lands, for the ports of Whitby and Scarbo- 
rough. Of late years. 

Bacon has been fent, in confiderable quan^ 
tity, into the Weft of Yorkfhire, and fome to 
the London market. 

Rabbits are not a ftaple article, in the 
Vale, or on its margins, though fome good 
Warrens occur. 

With refpedl to vegetable produce. 
hiay be confidered as that which brings moft 
T 2 money 


money into the country. Since the inclofure 
of common paftures great quantities of 


have been fent out of the Vale . Alfo fome 
fmaller oarcels of 

Barley and 


have of late years been fent down the Der- 
went. But, notwith {landing the goodnefs of 
the foil, and its fitnefs for 


very little of this grain has been carried out 
of the neighbourhood of its growth ; having 
been wholly ufed in the home confumption. 
Of late years, however, there has been an 
overflow ; and Whitby has drawn part of its 
fupply, from hence. 

Befides thefe articles of market pro- 
duce, a variety of fuboj-dinate crops are 
raifed; as 

Grass, or natitral herbage; 

Clovejr, and other cultivated her- 
bage ; 

Turn EPS, for cattle and flieep ; 

Potatqes, for cattle and fwine : alfo 

Flax (manufadured in the Vale) ; ' 


III. The 



No regular fucceflion, of arable crops and 
fallow, can be traced, in this Diftridt. Every 
man follows the dictates of his own judg- 
ment, and fubjeds his arable land to fuch 
ufes, as are beft fuited to the general eco- 
nomy of his farm, in the given year. 

This mode of management is not peculiar 
to the Vale under obfervation, but is com- 
mon to other Di{l:rid:s, in which grass* 
LAND predominates; under which circum-^ 
fiance, aration is conlidered as a fecondary, 
and in mofl cafes a fubordinate branch of 

When the fward becomes unproductive, it 
js delivered over to the plow, and the foil 
kept in an arable flate, until another piece of 
fward begins to fail ; when the former is laid 
down again to grafs, and the latter broke up 
for arable. 

In the Midland counties, where this alter- 
nacy of grafs and corn has, in fome inftances, 
been in practice time immemorial, a regular 
courfe of hufbandry has taken place. But, 
here, where this fyftem of management is irr 
its infancy, and where the diverlity pf foils 
is almoil: endlefs, no regular round of ma- 
T 3 nagement 


nagement can, with propriety, be at prefent 

Land which has been kept in tillage, 
century after century, is prone to grafs, and 
will retain its fward, much longer, than land 
which has been, only a few years, under the 
plow. And a rich soil, coolly situ- 
ated, will retain its /ward, much longer, 
than thin-foiled upland. 

There are numberlefs i^ftances, in which 
the richer cooler parts of the early inclofed 
common-field lands have now lain, more than 
half a century y in grass: neverthelefs, the 
fivardj though perhaps mown year after year, 
and treated with no extraordinary care, 
Jiill remains unimpaired : the herbage well 
forted, and the produce ample. 

Therefore, to fubjecft the lands of this 
Diftrift, circumflanced as they are, at prejent, 
to any methodical arrangement, or 
regular round of crops, would be an 
evident impropriety. 

The only particular of the management 
of the Vale, in this refpecft, which appears to 
me cenfurable, is that of fuffering thi?i-Joiied 
thirfiy upland to lie in a iiate oi Jwardy per- 
haj^s as ** meadow" (mowing ground,) when 



it would, I apprehend, pay much better, in a 
courfe of arable management. Tur- 
neps, barley, wheat, and the cultivated grafies, 
equally affed it. 





THIS COMPLEX fubjed requires, in 
the prefent inflance, the following arrange- 

1. Species of foil. 

2. Subfoils and underdraining, 

3. Rough grounds and clearing. 

4. Tillage. 

I. SPECIES OF SOIL. The great diver- 
fitv of foils, which the Vale and its environs 
afford, has been mentioned. Viewed in this 
light, it is a fpecimen of country which admits 
not, perhaps, of comparifon. Within the 
* narrow limits ofa few miles, barren HE/tTH 
^nd LOW fen lands are included; with 
T 4 almoft 


almoft every intermediate foil : unprodu(flive 

GRITSTONE LAND; thin flapled LlMEn 

STONE LOAM ; deeper and more produ(!?tive 

*' J&EDSTONE LAND * ;" ricll deep PEBBLY 

LOAM -f- ; flrong blue clay. And what 
renders this circumftance flill more remark- 
able, there are inllances in which the feveral 
fpecies of foils, here enumerated, are include^ 
within the fame farm. 

A farm, 

* Red-stone land. — This fingular fpecies of foil is 
compofed of loamSj of different qualities, intermixed with a 
greater or lefs quantity of foft fdndy ftones, about the ordi- 
nary fize of flints, and of a dark yellow or orange colour ; a 
fpecies of grit, or frecftone. The cultivated foil is, in fome 
jnftances, nearly half of it made up of thefe ftones j which, 
fome men are of opinion, afford, in themfelves, a degree of 
nutriment to corn crops. An inftance is mentioned (of 
this as of other ftoney foils), in which a great quantity of 
thefe ftones having been gathered off^ as an incumbrance to 
the foil, its produ£tivenefs was much lowered; but the 
flo.ies being returned, the foil alfo returned to its former 
ftate of fertility. Be this as it may, the foil under notice is, 
teyond difpute, one of the finefl; corn foils in the ifland. 

+ Pebbly loam. This foil is noticed, as being the 
moft u/eful foil, taken all in all, I have aivy where yet ob- 
ftr\ ed. It is equally produvStiye of corfi or grafs ; may be 
worked as arable land^ in any fcafon ; and is found enough, 
Ingrafs^ to bear ftock in winter. I particularize thefe 
foils, aS they may, hereafter, with a variety of others, form a 
feparate fubjctft of inveftigation, 


A farm, thus varioully foiled, is a fpur to 
ingenuity ; obliging its occupier to break 
through thofe confined opinions, and narrow 
prejudices, which are too frequently con- 
tradied, in countries where a uniformity 
OF SOIL, and a regular routine of ma- 
nagement, prevail. 

This may account, in fome meafure, for 
the spirit of improvement, fo confpi- 
cuous among: the husbandmen cf the coun-» 
try under furvey. 

II. SUBSOILS. The feet and SIDES op 
HILLS generally abound in landsfrings, 
and COLD wet subsoils, caufed by the 
waters, abforbed by the upper parts of the 
fwells, lodjrin^ and ftrivin^ for vent, iji the 
lower regions. 

From the cloud of hills which rife to the 
north of this Vale, it might be expedied that 
fL vein of cold land would be found en its 
margin ; but obfervation proves the contrary. 

The waters of tlie Morelands find vent, in 
tlie daks and dingles ^^'itil which tliey are 
interfedled, and are entirely cut off from the 
Vale, by a deep valley, which lies between 
the moreland fwells, and the range of iime- 
iione heights tliat form the inmiediate 
Jjanks of the Vale ; while tJie heights, them- 



felves, being in all human probability formed 
entirely of fifTured rock, receive into their 
bofoms the waters which their foils abforb, 
and which fmk below their bafes, or rife in 
rocky fountains at their feet. 

Near Pickering, the river Costa takes 
its rife ; not guihing forth, as from the mouth 
of a cavern, but rifing, at nuniberlefs aper- 
tures, through a filter of fand, which has pro- 
bably been brought out of the fiffures of the 

rock : the entire river, or rather river-like 

brook, rifing within the compafs of a few 

It is a fact worthy of attention, though 
perhaps eafily to be accounted for, that a 
tradt of country, containing about twenty 
fquare miles, lying above this cfRu-^, has 
fcarcely another spring belonging to it, nor 
fcarcely a perch of springy soil upon its 

The limeflone and redflone lands lie all 
on ROCK, above the level of this fpring. The 
pebbly loam, which lies below it, is equally 
fortunate in a feam of gravel, which, tho' 
it lie fome feet beneath the furface, renders 
it fufficientlv dry to be worked, at all feafons, 
and to carry ftock, in winter, with impunity. 



Under thefe circumftances UNDER - 
DRAINING is rendered ufelefs ; and no 
inftance of it occurs in this neighbourhood, 
except in the improved peatbog, which was 
mentioned under the article Planting ; 
and which Hes in the immediate vicinity of 
' the fource of the Cofta ; by v/hofe waters, 
before the channel of the river was made, 
that bed of moor had been formed. The 
wetter parts of the area received confiderablc 
improvement from underdraining. 

But altho' the fubftruclure of the margii^ 
is fuch as to preclude the ufe of underdrain- 
ing, that of \hQ /wells t which rife in the bot- 
tom OF THE Vale, renders this operation 
frequently necelTary ; and, in fome few in- 
stances, it has been pracflifed with great 

In the inftance which I moH; particularly 
attended to, thirty acres of cold unproduiftive 
land, lying on the Ikirt of one of thofe hil- 
locks, was, by underdraining, improved to 
more than twrice its former value. From a 
l1:ate of rufhy ill grafied fward, it was raifed, 
firft to a piece of prodin.'T;ive corn land, and 
is, now, a found well heri)aged grazing- 
ground. The ^^ATERIALS, in this c:.fe, 
v.ood. No flgnes, in the neighbourhood. 



In the MORELAND DALES, iinderdralning 
would, in many cafes, be a valuable improve- 
ment ; and, there, Jioni^s are abundant. 

The ofal freajlonesy which lie an incum- 
brance to the quarries of the margin, would 
pay well for carriage, into the bottom of the 

GROUNDS. The inclofures of commons 
and WASTE lands, which have of late years 
taken place, have direfted the attention of 
hufbandmcn, toward the clearing and break- 
ing up fuch lands, for the purpofes of agri- 

I. SoDBURNiNG. The pra<ftice which 
has gained the greateft eftimation is that of 
SODBURNING — provinciallv, '* paring and 
burning :" — a practice which is little known 
in many parts of the ifland ; but which ought 
to be well underflood by every hufbandman 
in it. 

I . P^rifiZ' The buflies and other incum- 
brances of the furface being removed, the 
fward is inverted, w^ith the bread plow, — 
provincially, ** paring fpade," — in fods, about 
a foot wide, and three feet long. 

The Judgment rcquifite, in this flage of the 
rrocefs, lies cliiefiy in determining the proper 



Thickness of the fods. If they be pared 
too thick, they are difficult to burn ; if too 
thin, the fvvard is not effedlually deftroyed, 
and the produce of afhes is too fmall. A 
rough fpungy furface ought to be pared, 
thicker, than one which is firm and bare of 
grafs ; ani a hght fhallow foil ought to be 
pared, thinner, than one which is deeper and 
more tenacious. An inch may be considered 
as the medium thicknefs. 

The attention required, in this part of the 
bufinefs, is principally to fee that men, who 
work by the acre, break off the fods at pro- 
per lengths, and clear them efFed:ually at 
their outer edges. 

The price ten to twelve flirllings an acre, 
varying principally with the ffeenefs of the 
foil. Roots are detrimental, but ftones are 
the greateft enemies, to the paring fpade. 

2. Burning. If the fods be naked, and the 
feafon moift, they are *^ {<^'i,'' on-edge, to dry 5 
if grafly, and the weather be fine, this labor 
may, with propriety, be fparcd. 

Tha method of burning is, invariably, in 
fmall heaps *, a rod or Icfs afundcr, according 


* For the greater conveniency of burning the fods, as 
well as of fpreading the alhes. 


to the quantity of fod ; but the wxy o^ form- 
ing the heaps is'not fixed. 

The bottom is generally made, in a round 
form, about a yard in diameter, with fods 
fet on-edge. Some lay, on the windward 
lide of this bottom, a bough of furze, or other 
kindling, with the brufh end outwird, cover* 
ing it above with the grafliefl and drieft bits 
of fod ; and then make up the heap, in the 
form of a fmall haycock ; keeping the fods, 
on the infide, as hollow as may be ; but lay- 
ing them flat and clofe, on the outfide, to 
keep in the heat. 

The heaps, made in this manner, are 
kindled, with a bough of lighted furze, — or, 
which is better, a link, made of tow dipped 
in tar, and wound round a fmall ftake or other 
flick ; — the lighter running along the rows, 
from heap to heap, fetting fire to the kind- 

Others, having formed the bottom, as 
above deicribed, carry up the heap, with a 
chi?rmey^ in the middle ; kindling it with a 
fhovclfliil of live aflics, thrown down the 
chimney. When kindling materials are 
fcarcc, this may be the more eligible method. 

When the fods are under-dry, much flvill 
is reqiiifite in forming the heap. The art 



lies, chiefly, in keeping it light and hollow 
within; and, whether it be made with an 
eye^ or a chimney ^ in having due regard to the 
windward fide. A little practice, and pro- 
per attention, will readily fupply the reft. 

If the heaps be made too large, at firil, 
their own weight crufhes them down, and 
deftroys the necefTary opennefs of the inner 
fide J if too fmall, the fire, not being fuffi- 
ciently confined, flies outward, and fpends 
itfelf, prematurely. 

The heaps well on fire, frefli fods are laid 
on, from time to time, until the whole are 
expended ; not more than half of them, 
perhaps, being ufed in forming the original 

In " beating up" the heaps, the fredi fods 
are laid upon the fide, on which the fire is 
the ftrongell: ; the addition being feldom 
made, until the fire begin to make its ap- 
pearance, on the outer fide of the heap. 

When all the frefh fods are expended, the 
unburnt pieces, which Aide dov/n the fides 
of the heaps and lie round their fkirts, are 
laid upon the top, and the whole reduced to 
aihes, or at leaft expofed to the free adion of 
the fire. 

t The 


The burning is principally done, by 
women, by the day : fometimes the paring 
and burning are let together, by the acre. 
The price of burning five to fix fhillings an 

3. Ajl:i:s. The mofl general n>wthod, and 
that which feems to be in the befi: efleem, is 
to fpread the afhes, as foon as they are cool, 
or perhaps while yet warm, and to plow the 
land, immediately, for the crop, with 2i palloza 
furr:>iDy to prevent the aflies from being 
buried too deep in the foil. 

Sometimes the foil is only rice balked, or 
talf plowed, — not plowed clean. 

Perhaps the moH eitectual method of 
mixing the afhes with th^ foil, the great 
thing to be defired, v/ould be, firil, to rice- 
balk, ^crofs the ridges ; and, then, to gather 
them up, with a clean plowing. 

This fammer has afforded me an oppor^ 
tunity of obfcrv'ing a fingular innovation, 
in the art of fodburning. 

Inllead oi the fods being dried and burnt, 
and the allies fpread on the pared furface, and 
plowed in, under furrow, the land, in this in- 
flance, was plowed, ftnmediately, as the 
paring was finiflied. the fods dried and burnt, 
aad the altes fpread upon i\i? plowed furf ace, 



to be harrowed in with the feed, as a top- 

In executing this method, the ridges of 
the lands were cleared, five or fix feet wide, 
by throwing back the fods upon the fides of 
the lands ; and, as the ground was plowed, 
the fods were returned to nearly their former 
fituation ; being thrown on, rough, over the 
plowed ground. One plow took about three 
women, at tenpence a day, to follow it. The 
extra expence half a crown to three lliillings,*- 
an acre. 

The advantages propofed, by this novel 
practice, are thefe : firil, that of fecuring a 
burning feafon, with a degree of certainty, 
and witliout the expence of '* fetting" the 
fods ; which being kept hollow, underneath^ 
by the inequalities of the plowed furface, a 
free circulation of air is admitted, and the 
evil efie(5t of regrowing to the ground, en- 
tirely prevented ; ' and fecondly, thofe of 
mixing the allies more intimately and more 
evenly Vv'ith the foil, and of preventing their 
being buried too deep, by the firil plowing ; 
which, in this inflance, w^as necefiarily given 
very deep, the foil being of a moory nature, 
and in a Hate too tender and moift to be 
plowed with a Ihallow furrow ; which would 
Vol, I. U not 


not have laid the furface iiifficiently dry, for 
turneps, — the intended crop. 

Therefore, in this cafe, the management 
was obvioufly judicious : and whether the 
advantages of FORWARDING the drying, 
and of being able to ufe the afhes as a top- 
dressing, may not render the pradice gene- 
rally eligible, can be afcertained by expe- 
rience, only. 

4. 'The time of fodburning depends upon 
thtfeafon and the intended crop. 

It is always unadvifeable to pare in a wet 
feafon. The covering moift and feeble, and 
the fods fopt with wet, fall heavy and flat to 
the t^round. The grafs foon rots ; and if the 
feafon continue moift, the roots will, in a 
little time, regain a footing in the foil. 

On the contrary, fods pared in dry weather 
fall light Oil the fpade, and are kept hollow, 
■ underneath, by the grafs or other covering, 
which, in a dry feafon, are rigid ; bearing up 
the fods from the ground -, thereby admitting 
a circulation of air beneath them. By this 
means, the extra expence and trouble o^fcttmg 
is avoided, and the procefs of cineration ren- 
dered much lefs dithcult, and irkfomc. 

The CROP, therefore, ought to be, in fume 
meafure, fubfervient to the season. 

5. ne 


^. T!he crops moft in ufe, for fodburnt lands^ 
are wheat, rape, turneps, big, oats. 
It is feldom, however, that a paring feafon 
can be got, early enough in the fpring, for 
either of the latter crops ; the lafl more ef- 
pecially. Big, however, is frequently fown 
on burnt land, the latter end of May, or the 
beginning of June, with fuccefs. Rape and 
TURNEPS are the moft general crops, and 
upon the whole, perhaps, are the moft eli- 
gible : the month of June is a leifure time,- 
and generally a good burning feafon. How- 
ever, WHEAT, provided the land were fal- 
lowed, and the foil and afhes mixed together, 
by repeated plowings and harrowings, be- 
tween the burning feafon and feedtime, does 
not appear to be an ineligible crop. 

There have been inftances, I am told, in 
which the afhes (having been fpread in the 
middle of fummer) were fuffered to be grown 
over with grafs ; which being turned under 
in autumn, wheat has been fown on one 
plowing, with good fuccefs *. 

appears to be one of the fources of improve- 

U 2 ment, 

* 1796. This is, in theory, a moft eligible practice ; 
and is entitled to full attention, on breaking up old rough 
grafs lands. 


mcnt, vrhich, being yet imperfedly under- 
(lood, require every effort of the farmer and 
the philofopher, to bring them nearer to 

At prefent, the pradlice is confined to a 
few DiflTi(fls : and in thofe it is applied to 
particular purpofes, only : while the prin- 
cipal part of the kingdom is a flranger to its 


It does not appear to be confidered, even 
in this Diftria:, as a general source of 
MANURE i but, merely, as being applicable 
to the red-cKflion of cIJ tough fivard. 

For even here, where it has long been in 
common pradice among difcerning hufband- 
men, there are men who Aill fee it as a bug- 
bear, too terrible to become familiar with. 
The-fahe, notion of "fending the foil into the 
clouds," frightens fome j while the better- 
founded idea of reducing it all to afhes — by 
too frequent repetition of this operation— is 
a Aum-biing block to others. 

Whoever will attend to the quantity of 
earth in the fods, and the quantity of alhes 
produced from them, will lofe his fears about 
tliey3/7 being kjcned hy this operation. 

Suppofmg the fod to be an inch thick ; 
not more than one fourth of it, ptrhaps, is 



foll'y and this, fo far from being reduced in 
bulk, to an alarming degree, is perhaps in^ 
creafed in fize, by the a(flion of the fire ; 
which, by leaving it, in an open porous flate, 
renders it more bulky, than the fame foil, 
fhook from the fods and reduced to a perfeft 
ftate of drynefs only, would probably have 

I will not contend for the increafe, nor will 
I, at prefent, admit that the foil is leJJmed, by 
the operation. Different foils are atfted upon 
in different ways, by fire: clay burns to 
hard cinders , of the nature of brick, remaining 
in the foil, unaltered by titne ; while the cin^ 
ders of lighter foils are more perifhable. 

Thefe effeds of fodburning do not appear 
to have been attended to. Its ufe in reducing 
tough fward ftrikes every one ; and its effe<ft, 
as a manure, in the cafes in which it is ufii- 
ally applied, is here clearly underflood. 

But its effe<n:, in improving the con- 
texture OF strong cohesive soils, has 
efcaned o-eneral notice. Yet how could art 

i. o 

devife an ingredient more likely to give open- 
nefs, and freedom, to a clcfely textured foil, 
than rough, porous, unperifliable aflies ? a 
material of improvement which the foil itfelf 
fuppiies, free of cofh. The immediate ac- 
U 3 quifition 


quilition of manure repays the expence of 
the operation. The more permanent 


SOIL is obtained, of courfe, without expence. 

Viewed in this light, sodburning, what - 
ever eiFedts it may have, on hght porous foils, 
is, in all human probability, a cardinal im- 
provement of foils, of a CLOSE clayey» 
NATURE : and it appears to me a matter 
incumbent, on every pofTeflbr of fuch foils, 
to try, on a fmall fcale at leaf!:, the effedt of 
a FRECtpENT repetition ofthis Operation. 

2. Furze grounds. It is the opinion 
of one, who has paid clofe attention to the 
fubjecft, that old furze grounds y off which 
fuel having been repeatedly carried, are of 
courfe much depauperated, may be improved 
in the following manner. 

Grub up ; fow grafs feeds, on the grubbed 
furface, without plowing ; and let the land 
remain in thib fl:ate, until it has acquired a 
degree of firmnefs, the fmaller roots left in it 
are decayed, and the furface has got a co- 
vering. Then fodburn, lime, &c. and break 
up tiie foil, for a courfe of arable crops ; 
clofing with cultivated herbage. When the 
furzes begin again to grow troublefome, re- 
peat the fodburning. 

3. Woo Do 


3. Woodlands. The lame inventive 
hufbandman has flruck out a limple and cer- 
tain method of freeing grafs land from the 
SLOETHORN, — onc of the hardied: JJjrubs 
which hulbandry has to contend with. 

If black thorns be grubbed up by the roots, 
every fibril, left in the foil, produces a frefh 
plant ; fo that, inftead of being lelTened, by 
this tedious and expenfive operation, their 
number is encreafed. 

If they be fellcdy abovegrcund, the ftubs are 
in the way of the fithe, and the bite of cattle; 
and the thicket is prefently renewed. 

But if they be cut off level with 
THE SURFACE (or fomewhat beneath it), 
the lithe has free fweep, and the young 
fiioots are of courfe removed, with eafe and 

If the CTOund be mowTi for hav, the fame 
ftroke, which cuts the herbage, takes off the 
li2:neous fhoots. 

If paftured, cattle and fheep, provided they 
have no ivoodland left to brouze, will 
gnaw them to the quick ; fcarcely leaving a 
ftem or a ftump remaining. It is, however, 
always advifeable, in this cafe, to fweep the 
ground over with the lithe, in the courfe of 
the fummer feafon ; to remove, effe(flually, 

U 4 the 


the remains which may have efcaped the 
bite of the pafniring ftock. 

The lecond year, the P:oots rile weak ; 
and the rcQtSy thcmfelves, feldom furvive the 
third year. In a very few years more, the 
roots are found entirely rotten i thus be- 
comiiig a fource of nutriinent to the crop, 
inAead of remaining a nuifance. 

If a thicket, or a border, whofe fuiard is 
nearly loft, be treated in this manner, rubbifh 
of every kind fhould be raked cfT, a few 
GRASS SEEDS fcattcred on, and the furface 
run over with a, roller, as a preparation for 
the fithe. 

This niode of extirpation is not applicable 
to 'the SLOETHORN, only; but to the oak, 
the ASH, the hawthorn, the maple, and 
every other tree and flirub, to which it has 
been applied, — the furze and the bramble 

Gen. Observations on Reclaiming 
Forest Lands. It is, I believe, a uni-r 
verfal prad:ice, when woodland is given up 
to husbandry, to take up all the rcots^ 
large or fmall, at an expence, perhaps, equal 
to half the value of the land ; which, i;i this 
cafe, is fubje£ted immediately to the plo'x : 
altogether, the mofl rugged operation, which 
hufbandry is acquainted with. 



But how much more eligible would it be, 
to treat fuch land, in the manner above de- 
fcribed? keeping it in a Rate of grass, un- 
til the roots were decayed, and rendered obe- 
dient to the fhare. 

Tlie Ihms of money (one might fay the 
fortunes), which have lately been expended, 
in the improvement of Enfield Chace, 
are too well known ; and will, it is to be 
feared, throw a damp on the further improve-^ 
ment of the F.OYAL WASTES : a concern 
of Ibme importance to thefe kingdoms. 

But how eaiily, and with what certainty, 
m.ight thefe waftes be improved? The wood, 
upon mofl of them, is doubly fufncient to 
make the neceffary improvement. 

Take down the timber trees, and n\t 
POLLARDS, by grub -felling, in the Norfolk 
manner: remove fuch of the larger roots 
as will pay amply for removing -, and fill up 
the holes, with the cores of ant-hill, or other 
protuberances, with which thefe wailes gene- 
rally abound ; fovving grafs feeds on the 

Treat the underwood, and other brush 
WOOD in the manner above defcribed ; and 
reduce the whole to a {late of grass ^ keep- 
ing it carefully fwept with the lithe, until 




Then, but not before, bring the foil under 


The fencing, the caftration of ant-hills *, 
and perhaps doing away a few other rough- 
nelles, would be the only labor requifite, 
which would not more than repay itfelf -f-. 

The ROOTS, inllead of being a principal 
caufe of EXPENCE and anxiety, would, 
under this management, become a fource of 
improvement of the soil ; while the 
EXPENCE, of bringing the foil under a courfe 
of arable management, would be in a 
manner precluded, by having a free graffy 
furface, fuitable to the purpofe of sod- 


^his townlliip (part of the ancient forel't 
of Pickering) affords at prefent (Augufl 
1787) numberlefs inflances of the great 


In adjoining allotments (fee the Art. In- 
closures) without a fhade of difference, as 
to foil or fituation, the crop, after fodburning, 
is, in fome indd^nctSyfourJoIJ that of the crop, 


• See NoRF. Econ. Min. 50. 

f If DRAiKiNG be found rcquinte, how fuitable is die 
oppc»rtunity, while land remains in grafs. 


fown on one plowing of the natural Avard ; 
and this notwithflanding the favorableneis 
of the prefent fummer, towards the latter 
procefs. Had the feafon proved di-y^ oats 
fown on one plowing of the tbhiner foils ^ mufl 
have periflied ; or, at beft, muft have re- 
mained in a dwarfifh unharveflable flate. 
There are oats, even this year, not fix inches 
high ; and others, too weak and ftraggling to 
ripen as a crop, have been fwept down with 
the iithe, and raked together, as fodder. 

It is obfervable, however, that, on the 
deeper' foils, there are, this year, fome fine 
crops of oats, on the natural fward. 

The caufe of this difparity, between the 
produce of deep and fhallow foils, is obvious. 
The furface of foils which have remained, 
from century to century, in a flate of sward, 
is, in a manner wholly, occupied by the roots 
of grades and other plants; forming a tough 
mat of fibres ; reaching, in fome cafes, feveral 
inches deep ; efpecially over a cold moift 
fubfoil ; where the fedgy tribe are frequently 
in full poiTeffion. 

If the SOIL be thin, it is 'wholly occupied 
by roots : the plits, or plow flices, aiFord no 
loofe mold, for covering the feed ; which 
either lies expo fed on the furface, or falls 



through the feams, uporx an infertile fabfoil, 
. and among grafs, flill perhaps in a growing 
ftate. The few grains, which happen to get 
buried in the mold, flourlih, while their own 
fubftance la/ts ; but the kernel once ex- 
haufled, the rootlings look out, in vain, for 
other furtenance -, the foil is already occu- 
pied, by veteran roots, too powerful for the 
infant fibrils to contend with. 

But, if the SOIL be deeper than the 
SWARD, the feeds get properly covered, and 
the young plants have frefh mold to ftrike 
root in ; and to fupport them, until the fward 
die, decay, and afford nouriiliment to the 
rifing crop. 

The USES OF ^OBBURNiNG 3 t/j!c/:-/hc'arM 
foilsy are thofe of effedtually killing thcjivard-, 
doing away the toughnejs of the plits, and 
furnifhing, in the afhes, a fupply of accept- 
able />^Z'z////w to the infant plants. 

Out of this flatement of effects refult thefc 
general conclufions. 

Rich, deep soils, tliough covered with 
old fward, may be fbwn with corn, on one 


It is reafonable, however, that this plow- 
ing (hould be given, fome time before the 
ic.^^ be fown ; for the double purpofe of ex- 


pofing the inverted plow flices to the me- 
lioratino^ influence of the fun and air, from 
which they may have long been eftranged ; 


It is likewife obfervable, that, in this cafe, 
a DOUBLE PLOWING (burying the fod at the 
bottom of the furrow) is obvioufly preferable 
to a fingle one. 


not bear this treatment : they require either 
to be soDBURNT, or FALLOV.'ED, to rcducc 
the fward and meliorate the foil. 

But fallowing is expenfive, lofes, imnecef^ 

farilyy one year's crop, and does not change 

the texture of cohesive soilj to which, 

whether deep or ihallow, fodburning appears 

to be lingularly well adapted. 

The length of thefe reflexions will, I tniil:, 
find an excufe, in the magnitude of the fub- 
jeft which gives rife to them. The ROYAL 
FORESTS, and numbcrlefs PAROCHUL 
WASTES, afford at prcfent little benefit to 
the community; but are capable of affording 
great national advantage. To endeavour to 
forward their improvement, by pointing out 
the eaiieil method of accomplifhing it, is, 
therefore, the duty of every man, whofe 



experience has led him to refledions on the 

Improvements, thus condmfled, would be 
progrefiive and pkalurable -, requiring- no 
cxtraordlnar)' ihare, either of attention or 

IV. TILLAGE. In a country in which 
Grass land is the primary object, ex- 
cellency in the minutia? of the arable 
PROCESSES mult not be expected : never- 
thelefs, where the invention is let Ijofe, and 
a fpirit of improvement prevails, we may hope 
to find fome special matter worthy of 

The only particulars, which appear to me 
noticeable, in this place; are, 

1 . Plowing with reins, 

2. Laying lands acrofs flopes. 

I. Plowing with Reins. In this re- 
fpe6t, the hiifhandmen of the Vale excel. 
Various as are their foils, they plow them, 
invariably, with two horses, driven and 
guided with reins ; which at once anfwer 
the purpofe oi guiding and lirii'itig : thus far 
exceeding the kfs handy line, aiid the hand 
\vh;p of Norfolk * ! 


♦ Sec Norfolk-, Seclion iMrLEMENTs. 


Proper feafom for the operation are en- 
deavored to be caught \ but, even with this 
advantage, it is matter of aftoniihment, how 
fome of their ftrong deep foils are turned, 
by a pair of light llender horfes ; which, in 
a balance, would barely outweigh one of the 
four (or perhaps lix) which are ufed upon 
the hills of Surrey and Kent, in plowing foils 
of lefs tenacitv^ ! 

In Norfolk, the foil i? light, and the great 
merit of the Norfolk huibandmen lies in 
their expedition. Here, where the cufiom 
is to go only one journey y the quantity plowed, 
in a day, is much lefs than in Norfolk ; but 
generally more, even in the ftronger foils, 
than is done by two men and four expeniive 
horfes, in many other places. 

It has been a generally received idea, even 
among men who think liberally, and are in- 
clined to think well of the pra^flice of plow- 
ing with a pair of horfes, that it is only appli- 
cable to light THIN SOILS. Buttheeftab- 
liihed hulbandry of this country proves that 
idea to be erroneous. 

It ftrikes me, however, advocate as I am 
for the pradice, that, in fome cafes, efpecially 
where the foil is dee? and tenler, three 
horfes, at len^ih, would be preferable. 



Bjt the plea held out againft thi"; manage- 
ment is, " We cannot afford it" ! The truth 
15, land here has got up to the two-kohse- 
PLOw PRICE ; and tenants feem to be aware, 
that they cannot pay their rents, if they fend 
more than two horfes and one man to plow. 
\^'hat a flrong recommendation is this of the 

2. Laying lands across the slopes 
CF HILLS. The general practice, unlefs 
where the tumwreft plow is in ufe. Is to plow 
the fides of hills, up-and-do^Lvn, laying the 
lands parallel with die line of defcent, not 
obliquely acrofs it *. 

Where the subsoil is alforberfy this is 
perhaps the mofl eligible method ; the rain- 
water which falls on the land being, by this 
means, efie<^ually prevented from making its 
efcape, off the fide of the hili. For, unlefs 
rA/^rv be raifed very high, the water, in this 
cafe, has no propenfity toward the furrows, 
on either fide ; its tendency, when the lands 
lie fiat, being down lines lying parallel be- 
tween them : confequently, the rain w^tef, 
which falls upon them., m.ay run from the 
top to the bottom of the hill, without finding 


♦ But \ct the West of Ekgland; — Se£^ion V/heat. 


its way into the mterfurrows ; which, in this 
cafe, are rendered entirely ufelefs; as sur- 
face DRAINS. 

This circumftance renders the commori 
method of plowing the fides of hills alto- 
gether ineligible, where the subsoil is cold 
and retentive 'y and where the surface 
WATER is of courfe required to be got rid 
of, the quickeji -ssA poortefi way. 

To this end, the lands are thrown across 
THE SLOPE, nearly parallel with the horizon, 
merely giving fufficient defcent, for water to 
find its way along the interfurrows. 

TJie EFFECT of laying the lands in this 
dire(5tion is evident : the rain water, which 
falls upon them, has never farther to run, 
than the width of the bed it falls on ; (even 
fuppofing it to fall on the upper edge) for fo 
foon as it is caught by an interfuri-ow> the 
vegetable pafture is relieved from it. 

Hence, the narrower the lands, provided 
the interfurrows be fufficiently deep, the 
more immediate the efFedl. 

The only inconvenien c y, of laying lands 
acrofs the llope > is that of having the plitSy on 
the lower fides of the lands, to turn againjl 
the hill ; an operation which requires a good 
workman to do it properly. 

Vol. I. X BiJt 



But there is an advantage, in this me- 
thod, which more than overbalances that in- 
con veniency. The PULL is always upon, 
or nearly upon, level ground; whereas, 
in the common direcflion of the lands, the 
uphill pull is intolerable to the bealts of 
draught, efpecially to horfes ; which, through 
fear or impatience, draw by jerks, eager to 
reach the top of the hill ; thereby fatiguing 
themfelves and the plowman, unnecelTarily, 
and rendering the work defedlive. 

The good effe(ft of laying lands acrofs 
flopes, is not only plauiible, in theor)^, but is 
verified, by pradtice. I have feenan inftance, 
in which land, which had heretofore been 
cold and poachy, improved, merely by chang- 
ing the direction of the ridges, to drv, 
SOUND, PRODUCT I VE'foil, worth nearly twice 
the rent, it was, before this fimple alteration 
took place. 






ufed in the Diftri(ft are^ 

1. Afhes. 3. Lime. 

2. Marl. 4. Dung. 

I. ASHES are ufed, chiefly, in the more- 
lands, where great quantities of turf and 
peat are burnt upon the hearth, for the double 
purpofe of FUEL and manure ; the afhes 
being confidered, as equivalent to the expence 
of colledling the materials. 

II. MARL. This is not found, in quan- 
tity, as afojjtly either in the Vale or the More- 
lands. The only marl, which has been ufed 
as a manure, is a produce of petrifaSfion, 
This marl, and the fountain from whence it 
flows, are noticeable. 

X 2 The 


The waters of " Newton-dale-well" 
have long been celebrated, for their virtues in 
cold-bathing ; and, for ftrengthening the 
limbs of children, they are, I believe, cele- 
brated juftly. An anniverfiry, relative to 
thefe waters, has been obfcrved, time imme- 
morial j and is ftill obferved, by the neigh- 
bouring youth, who meet at this fpring, upon 
fome certain Sunday in the fummer months, 
to bathe ; and — a poetic mind would add, — 
to celebrate the virtues of the water. 

The iilli^tion of this fpring is lingularly 
wild and romantic : the country, on every 
lide, mountainous and barren, excepting the 
narrow dale, or cultivated chafm, near the 
head of which the fpring is fituated. 

At the time thefe mountains and this chafin 
we're formed, the water, it is probable, gudisd 
out of the face of a perpendicular rock, 
which now rifes about eighty feet above 
the fpring j but, through the mouldering 
of the rock, and the accumulative effect of 
the waters, the bafe of the precipice, out 
of which they iffue, now reaches, with a fliarp 
afcent, to near the mouth of the fpring. 

The upper part of the flope, at leaft, has 
evidently been raifed, by vegetation and 
PETRIFACTION. Had not the hand of art 



been alTiiling in removing, from time to time, 
the accumulated matter, in the form of 
" m^rl" and " iimeftone," and in leading the 
water by a channel from the rock, the fpring 
might, long lince, by overgrowing its mouth, 
have been the caufe of its own extinction. 

Thefe waters, at their fource, are remark- 
ably cold, and ftrongly chalyeeate to the 
talte, tinging their bed of a deep ruft co- 
lor ; but, as they fall down the bafe of the 
hill, they lofe, by degrees, their chalybeate 
qualities i lofing them, entirely, before they 
reach the foot of the Hope. 

What is equally obfervable, their Petri- 
F ACTIVE qtiality is, at the fource, barely per- - 
ceptible, and does not acquire its full eite(ft, 
until they have run fome twenty or thirty 
yards down the Hope ; about which point, 
they lofe, almoll entirely, their chalybeate 
t^^le ; :hough they Hill continue to ti/2ge the 
channel ; the color growing fainter, as the 
length of channel increafes *. 

Where tiie rill meets witli no vegetable 
matter, to petriiy (or rather to mcruji)y it 

X 3 forms 

* This fpring, which is at Icall an obje»5l of curioiky, 
and whofe waters may contain medical virtues which re- 
quire to be pointed oat, is fituatcd about two miles from 
S^ihergait-inn^ on the road between PicKERixG and 


forms an incrustation, at the bottom of 
its channel ; which, in time, being filled to 
the brim, the waters overflow, fpread over 
the flope, and incruft every thing which falls 
in their way i until having found fome hol- 
low channel (or perhaps in a ftate of nature 
having reached the face of the rock), they 
form a frefh rill ; which bein? annihilated, 
in the fame manner, the waters proceed, and 
return, along the face of the Hope ; thus 
forming, in an undiilurbed ftate, a natural 

Where the fjrface has been free from mofs, 
or other vegetable production, the accumu- 
lated matter is wholly calcareous i of 
a light colour, re;cmbling the marl op 
Norfolk ; except in its being difcoloured, 
more or lefs, with a chalybeat tinge. Where 
mofs, liverwort, and other vegetables have 
been incrurted, a stoke-likz substance 
is formed : the former is called " m.arl,"— 
the latter " ftone." 

At prefent, the face of the flope is hol- 
lowed out, into great irregularity, by digging 
for, and carrjnng away the marl -^ leaving 
maffes of Jioney fome of them containing 
many cubical feet, ftandin^ above the pre-? 
fcnt furiace. 



Thefe ftones, though light, being full of 
hollowneiTes within — mere bundles of mofs 
and algse — have, by being long expofed on 
the furface, acquired a very great degree of 
hardnefs ; their fmalleft afperities being with 
difficulty broken off. 

By immerging the fragments in the marine 
acid, weakly diluted, the calcareous incruft- 
ation is leifurely diffolved ; leaving the vege- 
table matter, entire, and, to appearance, as 
perfect as when it was firfl incruHed -, tho' 
it may have lain, locked up In that ilate, a 
thoufand, or many thoufand years. 

Thefe ijegetable Jiones, likewife, have been 
carried away, and burnt as limestone. 
The quantity of lime^ however, produced 
from them could not be great; but mixed 
with the ajhes of the vegetables, a valuable 
manure may neverthelefs be formed. 

In a iituation fo reclufe, it is no wonder 
this valuable fource o{ manure fhould have 
/been, in fome degree, neglected. The bot- 
tom of the dale which winds below it, does 
not appear to have been much benefited, 
either by the waters, themfelves, or the mat- 
ter which they have formed. The principal 
part, of that which has been taken away, has 
been carried, up a winding road, over the top 

X 4 of 


of the mountain, to a neighbouring dale 
(Goadland) fome three or four miles diftant. 
Over and above the dilTiculty and expence 
of carriage, a fhilling a load has been paid, to 
the ielTee of the royalty, for thefe calcareous 
fubftances ; not for the purpofe of experi- 
ment, but in purfuance of eftabliflied prac- 
tice ; a fufficient evidence, this, of their vir- 
tue as a MANURE. 

III. LIME. This is, at prefcnt, a fa- 
vorite Manure, in the Vale. It is ufed in- 
variably, I believe, on every fpecies of foil, 
and in mojl cafes with great fuccefs. It feems 
to be, at prcfent, a received idea, that the 
bulinefs of aration could not be carried on, 
or at leaft that the prefent rents of land could 
not be paid, without ihe afliftance of lime. 

It is not my intention to attempt to prove, 
or difprove, the truth of this opinion. Suffice 
it for me to fay, in this place, that I am not 
acquainted with any country, in which lime 
is held in fuch high repute, nor where the 
man ufacflu ring of it is fo common a pracftice 
among farmers, as it is in this. Almofi: 
every principal farnur, upon the margin, 
burns his own lime. 

There are, befides, i^reat number of " fale 
kilns'' for linailer farmers, and for the centre 



of the Vale, where no materials for burning 
are to be had. There is an infiarxe^of one 
man occupying eight or ten kilns 5 burning 
two or three thoufand chaldrons, yearly. 

The LIME HUSBANDRY of thi^ Diftri£t, 
therefore, merits particular notice. The 
fubjedl requires the following divificn : 

1 . The materials burnt. 

2. The method of burning. 

3. The coft, and the felling price, v 

4. The foils, and the crops to which it 

is applied. 

5. The method of applying. 

I. Materials. On the Northern 
MARGIN of the Vale, lime is burnt folely 
from Jiojiesy of different colours and con- 
textures. The fpecies mod prevalent are— 
a ftrong grey LIMESTONE GRANITE ; and a 
fpecies of blue and white marble, the 
blocks, whether large or fmall, being blue at 
the core, and lighter-coloured toward the 
outer furface. 

One hundred grains of the former, taken 
from a lower ftratum of Pickering- 
Castle-bank, yield fortythree grains of 
air, and ninetyfour grains of calcareous earth, 
leaving a reiiduum of fix grains ; chiefly a 
brown flit, with a few gy pfum-like fragments. 



One hundred grains of the latter, taken 
from the lower ftratum of a quarry, near 
KiRBYMooRsiDE, afFord thirtvnine grains 
of air, eightynx and a half grains of diflb- 
luble matte" ; and thirteen and a half grains 
of refiduum, fine impalpable nit. 

The lime, produced from the former, is of 
a dulT^y colour, and fills in rough coarfe 
GRAINS * ; that, of the latter, burfls into a 
white volatile flour-like powder. 

The ftones of different quarries are dif- 
ferent in quality, but none of them differ 
widely from the fpecimens above defcribed. 

On the SOUTHERN heights, the pre- 
vailing material is a lingular fpecies of soft 
c A L c A R E o us G R A N I T E . Its colour a dirty 
white : its contexture refembling the grains 
of white muftard-feed, or the roe of fifh, run 
together with a cement of chalk or marl -f-. 
The hardnefs of this Jlone (if it merit the 
name) increafes with the depth of the quarr)'. 
The lower bloc!:s are ufed in building; but 
the upper ftratum, for three or four feet 
below the foil, is generally a stone marl 


* Each grain being compofcd of a ferics of eggfltiped 
Ihslls, inclcfed wi'Jiin each other. 

t Rsf-iribii;:^, in contexture, the lime of th: Pickerln? 


of no mean quality, but varies in different 
quarries. I have not learnt, hov/ever, that 
in any inftance it has been applied as a ma- 
nure. On the contrary, it appears to be , 
univerfally caft, as an incumbrance, to the 
bottom of the quarry *. 

One hundred grains of the Malton 
Stone, taken from the middle of the quarry 
oppolite the Lodge at New Malton, yield 
fortyfour grains of air, and ninetyfeven grains 
of calcareous earth, leaving three grains of 
feiiduum, chiefly a brown iilt. 

But the ftones of different quarries vary 
in quality. One hundred grains, taken from 
a newly opened quarry, by the fide of the 


* On this fide of the Vale, too, the limeftone rubble 
which lies between the foil and the rock, is much of it of 
the nature of marl, and might in many cafes be applied, 
as fuch, with advantage. Its efFe^, where it has been 
thrown "back from the edges of the quarries on Scallow- 
moor (a light loam inclining to a black, mocry foil) above 
Pickering, is ftriking. The earth of this rubble is fcrongly 
calcareous, and its ftones are frequently covered with a 
white efflorefcence, which is purely calcareou&v Great 
quantities of it might be collected ; and where a fit foil can 
jse found (by trying experiments with it on a fmail fcale) 
in the neighbourh:;od of a quarry, it would, in all proba- 
bility, pay amply for fetting on. For the bottoming of 
farm.yards and dunghilh, the entire " coping," the foil in- 
clufive^ would be found exceUe;;t, 


road leading from Malton to Callle Howard, 
yield only ninetyfour grains of dili'olublc 

I mention this circumftancc, as the plot of 
ground, in which this quarry is dug, was 
bought, it feems, at an extravagant price, for 
the purpofe of burning lime; but the lime, 
it isjaidy proving of an inferior quality, a prin- 
cipal part of the money will be funk. This 
{hews the great ufe of analyfis, in afcertain- 
ing, without hazard, a knowledge of the 
qualities of limeftones*. 

One hundred grains of Wold chalk, ' 

taken from a lime quarry near Driffield, 

yield fortyfour grains of air ; three and a half 

grains of a foft mucilaginous refiduum; and 

iiinetyfix and a half grjiins of calcareous 

matter •\. 

2. Burning, 

* In this cafe, however, if the fpeclmen, I happened to 
take, was a fair one, the bad quality of the lime cannot be 
altogether owing to the ftone ; v/hich, by this analyfis, is 
far from being a bad one, though iiiferior to that of the pre- 
ceding experiment. 

f In tliefe experiments the quantity of calcareous 
MATTER is inferred from the quantity of residuum, no 
more of it being precipitated, than a fufRciency to fhcw its 
(olour ; which, in every Cafe, was of pivwy "ivhitenefi ; a 
principal evidence of its being a pure calcareous earth, 
The quantity of air and the quanJty of residuum were, 
in each rxpe: imcnt, cloielj attended, to. 


2. Burning. In giving the detail of this 
operation, the following fubdivifions will be 
reqiiifite : 

1 . Building the kiln. 

2. Railing and breaking the flones. 

3. Coals and their proportion. 

4. Filling the kiln. 

5. Drawing the kiln. 

I . l^he kiln. The materials are either lime- 
flone, entirely, or limeftone, lined with bricks 
on the infide. Neither timber, nor mortar, 
is here ufed, in building a lime kiln; the 
former prefently decays, and the latter, by 
alternately fwelling and flirinking, burfls the 
walls; befides rendering them, in the firil 
inflance, too tight to admit a proper quantity 
of air : no otlier air holes, than the " eyes" 
at which they are kindled, being made in the 
kilns of this diftrict '^ . 

T\\&form of the cavity is an irregular cone 
inverted. At the botton?, are generally twu 
eyes, oppolite to each other ; the cavity be- 
ing here contraded to a thin point, or Jiarrov.*- 
trough; the width that of the eyes. As the 
walls are carried up, the cavity takes, by de- 

* 1796. In fome DIftriils, where tight walls are in ufe, 
fmall air holes are left to give the rcquifitc fupply. Sec 
Mid. Econ. Min. 2. 


grecs, a circular, or fometimes an oiWline; 
at the fame time receiving, as it rifes, a cO' 
nical form j until, having reached fomewhat 
more than Iialf its intended height, the form 
is changed to cylindrical -, or is fometimes 
confra^edxo\H2iTAs the top. The proportion, 
between the depths and the diameters of 
thefe kilns, is that of the depth j being, gene- 
rally, about one and a half diameter of the 

The /ize varies from fix to fortv chaldrons. 

2. Tbejlones. Tlie art of raifing ftones 
Cin only be learned by experience, in the 
given quarr)^ in which they are to be raifed. 
They are fometimes raifed by the day ; fome- 
times by the load ; but, moil generally, the 
cndre hbcr of burning is taken, together, 
at fo much a chaldron of lirr.e. 

The breaking, of hard ftrong floncs, is a la- 
borious part of the operation of limcburning. 
On the north £de of the Vale, it is done, by 
men, with large iledgc hammers ; but, on the 
Malton iide, where the flone is foft, women 
are freq'jently employed in breaking. 

The medium //2;t' is that of the two hand?; 
but men, burning by the chaldron, will not, 
unlefs well attended to, break them fo fmall : 
flones, r.early as big as the head, are fom.e- 



times, but very improperly, thrown Into the 
kiln; for unlefs the proportion of coals be 
unnecelTarily large, the farface, only, is burnt 
to lime, the core remaining a lump of un- 
burnt Hone. 

3. Coals. The Morelands, for the lafl fifty 
years, have furniflied the north fide of the 
Vale with coals, for burning lime, and for an 
inferior fpecies of fuel. The feam of this 
coal is thin, and the quality, in general, very 

Before the difcover)^ of thefe coals, lime 
was burnt with furze, and other brufhwood; 
but notwithftanding the Morelands are, now, 
nearly exhaufted of coals (unlefs feme freili 
difcovery fliould be made), the Diftrid: is 
relieved from the apprehenfion of returning, 
again, to its ancient m.ode of burning lime. 
The Derwent, befide an ample fupply of 
coals for fuel, brings an inferior kind (both 
of them raifed in Weft Yorklhire) for the 
purpofe of limeburning. The eaftern end 
of the Vale is eauallv fortunate, in this re- 
fpe6t, by having the port of Scarborough in 
its neighbourhood. And fee Inl.Nav. p. 15. 

The proportion o£ coals and ftones varies 
with the quality of the coals, and likewife, 
but in a lefs degree, with the quality of the 

llonc : 


ftone: the method of burning, too, varies 
the proportion. Three chaldron: of lime front 
one of coals (the meafures equal) may be con- 
fidered as the mean produce. From two and 
a half to three and a half for one, includes 
the whole extent of produce of well burnt 

4. Filling. Some kindling being ufed at 
the eyes, and an extraordinary proportion of 
coals at the bottom of the kiln, it is filled up 
with flones and coals, in thin alternate layers ; 
thofe of ftones being five or fix inches thick ; 
with coals in proportion; the coals, if not 
fjfficiently fmall, being previoully reduced to 
a gravel-like ftate ; in order to run down, 
more freely, between the interfiices of the 
ftones, and thereby to mix, more evenly, 
with them. 

The ^materials are cafl into the kiln, with 
larcre fcuttles, or (hallow balkets j which are 
filled with rtones, by means of an iron-tooth- 
ed rake, compofed of four teeth, about fix 
inches long, of a head about a foot long, and 
of a handle about four feet long. 

If feveral men be employed, in filling a 
kiln, it is common for eaclV man to fill and 
empty hisi own fcuttle. But this is an uncer- 
tain, and therefore an improper, way of pro- 


ceeding. Much depends on the regularity 
and evennefs of the layer, and the due pro- 
portion of coals i and to judge of this, with 
fufficient accuracy, requires fome experience^ 
and a (leady eye ; efpecially when the kiln is 
on fire, and the cavity to be filled up is ob^ 
fcured by fmoke. If mofe than one perfon 
be employed, in this cafe, it is highly pro- 
bable the work will be impeffe<ftly done* 

Among the fale kilns, about Malton^ there 
is an excellent regulation, in this refpedti 
The fcuttles are all filled, and brought to the 
top of the kiln, by WoMfiN and boys, who 
deliver them to the master, or his foreman, 
jftanding there to receive them, wit/j his eye 
Jixt within the kiln j by which means he is 
enabled to diftribute the ftones and coals, 
with the greateft accuracy* 

5. Drawing, There are two fpecieS o( 
kilns ; or rather one fpecies ufed in two dif- 
ferent ways. 

A kiln which is filled, fired, and fuffered 
to burn out, before any of its contents be 
drawn^ is called a " standing kiln." 

If the contents be drawn out, at the bot- 
tom, while the upper part is yet on fire,— 
the vacancy at the top being repeatedly filled 
up with flgne and coal, as the, lime is ex- 
YoL. I. Y traded 

trailed at the bottom,— the kiln is termed » 


Since coals have been ufed in the burning 
of lime, draw kilns have, until of late years, 
been moft prevalent. But, at prefent, (land- 
ing kilns are molt in ufe. 

The reafons given, for this change of prac- 
tfce, are thefe : firll, tliat the lime is burnt, 
fvener, in landing than in dravi^ kilns ; in the 
^rawing of which, the flones are liable to 
hang, round the fides of the kiln -, thofe in 
the middle running down^ in the form of a 
tunnel j thereby mixing the raw with the 
half-burnt ftones. The confequence is, the 
outfide ftones are burnt too much, the infide 
ones too little ; the ftones, too frequently, 
running down to tht eye, in a half-burnt 
flate; Secondly, the unevennefs of furface, 
left by this method, together wi;h the obfcu- 
rity caufed by the fmoke, render the filling 
difficult i under-burnt ftones, or an unnecef- 
fary wafle of coals, is tlite inevitable confe-^ 
quence^ A third argument in favor of 
ftanding kilns is, that a grtaier proportion of 
well burnt lime may be produced, from the 
fame quantity ©f coals. It is allowed that 
more kindling fuel is rcquifite ; and, at the 
-bottom, a greater proportion of coals j but 



the iire, by this means, getting a ilrong head^ 
a lefs proportion of coals is required, in the 
body of the kjhi j and what, perhaps, is of ftill 
more confequence, lefs heat is4oft at the top 
of this j than of the draw kiln; which is al- 
ways uncovered, and too frequently hollow 
and full of cracks ; while the top of the ftand- 
ing kiln, being piled up in a conical forpi, 
and clofcly covered with fods or rubbifh, 
cOUedtS a greater body of lire, and keeps int 
the heat more effed:ually. 

One circumftance, however, relative to 
the landing kiln, requires to be mentioned. 
The in fide fhould be lin^d with brick. For 
every time a kiln, which is lined with lime- 
flone, is fuftefed to go out, a fhell of lime 
peels off the infide ; by which means the 
tv^alls are foon imoaired. 

The lime is drawn out at the " eyes," 
with a {hovel, and generally carried out in 
fcuttles, or in bafket meafures, to the cart or 

Of a living kiln, the drawing is generally 
continued, until red afhes begin to make 
their appearance. But ftanding kilns are 
fuffered to burn undiflurbed, until the fire go 
out ; except, perhaps, when the fire is rifin|{ 
toward the top, and a frefh fupply of air is 
y 2 wanted. 


wanted, a few rtiovelfulls are drawn at either 
eye, by which means a degree of hollowneft 
is formed, and fredi vigour given to the fire. 

From thefe circumftances, it is plain, that 
a regular fupply of Hme cannot be had, from 
lefs than three ftanding kilns : one filling ; 
one burning; one drawing. The fmaller 
barners, however, have frequently only two ; 
and, for a farmer, one, propoaioned to his 
farm, is fufficient *. 

3. Cost and Price. The ordinary wages 
for the whole labor of raifing, breaking, 
filiino", and drawing, is i8d. to 2cd. 2 chal- 

At Maltok, the lab'cr, if taken by the 
<rrofs, is about i8d. The price of " lime- 


♦ About Brotberton and Nottingley, near FerRY- 
SK.IDCE, from wherxe i-nmeme quantities of lime arc irnt, 
:o dlftint parts of the Vale of Yorlc j particularly toward 
EafmgMTOod ; A& kilns are rerr JhilUw and v:ide ; the 
core of materials p.icd above the furface, being, to .ij>- 
peanuKc, equal to chc contents of the kiln. This renders 
the emptying of the kiin very ealy; the lime being all 
throvra from the furfcce, or through a kind of door-way in 
the fide; not drawn otit o.' the eyes; T-hich are in thrs 
cafe, of no other ufe than to kindle at, arid to admit a fup- 
ply of air. Thofc kilns are much lefs expcnfive than the 
kilas of ton Diilri^a ; and more convenient. But query, 
Do they give as much heat, with the Cime quantin-' of 
coils, as a taller more cylindrical kiln ? 


kiln" coals, with carriage from the keels to 
the kiln, about 148. a chaldron (of thirtytwo 
buihels) th^ produce f better than three for one. 
The whole coji about 6s. ^t felling f rice 'ys* 
a chaldron. 

At Pickering, the /aSor is 2cd. a chal- 
dron : the price of " moor coals" and car*.. 
riage i6s. of ** Malton coals" and carriage, 
J 8s. The produce, if fufticiently burnt, f/jree 
for one. The mean cofi is therefore about 
7s. 6ci the felling price 8s. a chaldron. The 
building and repair of kilns ; the wear of 
tools ; the value of the ilone in the quarry ; 
and, in fome cafes, the carriage of it from 
thence to the kiln, are drawbacks upon the 
profits, which appear in the above calcula- 
tions. If therefore the ftones be fufficiently 
burnt, the neat profit is, in this cafe, very 
fmall *. 

Y 3 4. Appli.. 

* Nothing, perhaps, would encreaie the profits of lime- 
burning, in thli place, more, than the kiln being filled by 
the hand of the mafter, or fome judicious perfon, not ln« 
t^refted in a wafle of coals. It is the intereft of men, who 
burn by the cluUdron, to underbreak the ftones, and to 
make up the deficiency of labor with an increafe of coals; 
which, likewife, will make up for neglect, or want of 
judgment, in filling. Let the ftones be raifed and broken 
by the chaldron, or the kihn j but let the filling be done by 



4. Application. It has already been 
bbfcrved, that lime is applied, indifcrhni- 
nately, to every fpecies of soil. 

On the higher drier lands, its utility is 

At Malton, it is laid on a calcareous fitU 
"i^ith fuccefs. 

In a comparative experiment, fairly and 
accurately j-pade, on a rcdjlonc fi'tl above 
l*ickering, with three chaldron of lirhe an 
acre j the value of the lime, to the firfl crop, 
wheat, was not lefs than two quarters, an 
acre, and the fucceeding crop qf oats, (which 
flow are upon the ground, Aug. 1787.) is a 
il-ill ftronger evidence of the great utility of 
lime, in form cafes : in tnis cafe, the crop is at 
leaft threefold. 

Neverthelefs, it may be prudent in the 
occupiers of the cold molfl clays y in the bottom 
of the Vale, to lime v.-ith caution. 

Its ufe to the loofefandy foils of the Wed 

Marlhes is, I believe, fully eftablifhed ; yet, 

in a comparative experiment on a black moory 

foily on clay, its effed has thus far (the third 

crop) been detrimental^ rather than ufeful. 


women and bo)'S ; h-^ which means induih'y v/ill be en- 
couraged, antl 'Mc flones, by palTing under the maftcr's eye, 
will of courfe be rejeded, if not fufficiently broken. 


It is not my intention to damp the fpirit of 
improvement, but to endeavour to dire(ft it 
to fuitable objctfts. Nothing, at preient, but 
mine the value of a given lime, to a giveii 
foil; and no man can, with common pru- 
dence, lime any land, upon a large fcale, un- 
til a moral certainty of improvement has been 
eflablifhed, by experience. 

The prevailing crop is wheat on fallow. 
It is alfo pretty generally fet on, for rape, 
turneps, or othfcr crop, iSttv fodbtirning, and 
fpread among the afhes. It is alfo, not un- 
frequently, fet on for barley. But its effedl, 
to thtjirji cropy except of wheat or rape, is, I 
believe, feldom perceptible. 

But beneficial as lime undoubtedly is, in 
fome cafes, to corn, its benefit to grass is 
ii matter in difpute, even among the farmers 
of Yorkshire. Incidents are authenticated in 
which, to general appearance, it has been 

But without the afTiflance of comparifony 
the judgment is at a lofs to afcertain, with 
?iny degree of precilion, the effeds of Ma- 
nures. Neverthelefs, general appearances, 
to thofe who have a knowledge of the nature 
of the foil, have their weight, 

Y 4 - It 


It feems, however, to be a generally rc-» 
eeived idea, that lime, which is laid on for 
grafs, is not thrown away j for, whenever 
the land is again turned up, its benefit to 
corn will have full effe(St. See Nat. Herb. 

5. Liming. Long as lime has been ii\ 
common ufe, as a manure, the proper method, 
of applying it to the foil, is far from being 
univerfally pradtifed. 

The metkods of liming are various. 

The worll is that of laying it m large 
heaps, and fuftering it to run to jelly, bcferq 
it be fpread upon the land. 

iNcxt to this is fetting it about the land. In 
fmall hijloch -, for although thefe hillocks be 
fpread, before they approach the il^te of 
mortar, this method is injudicious. 

Lime, which falh in the open air, does not 
fall to powder, but breaks into checquers, or 
final] cubical malTes i which, being once 
buried in the foil, may remain m it, for ages, 
Without being mixt intimately with it. 

As far as experience and theory have yet 
reached, lime ought to be fpread in a ftate of 
PERFECT POWDER, and be mingled, inti- 
p-iately with the foil ; and thus, by aHlmilat- 
ing the two ingredients, form with them one 
Jaomogeneous, calcareous mafs. 


A fmgle fioney expofed to a moift atmo- 
fpliexe, falls inio fragments ^ not mio pcivder * . 
The fmaller the heaps, the nearer they ap- 
proach to fingle ilones ; there is a greater 
proportion o^ furfacey and confequently a 
greater proportion oi fragments^ 

It is therefore the practice, of judicious 
huibandmen, to fet lime upon the land, in 
;.0AD HEAPS, and fpread it over the foil out 
pf carts, asfoon as it is Juffictently fallen. 

There is an inftance of pra(ftice, in this 
neighbourhood, and, I believe, only one, 
which is flilj fuperior tq that laft mentioned. 
}n this inftance, the load heaps are turned 
ever, not fo much to finifli the falling, as to 
gain an opportunity of burying the granulous 
furface of the heaps; by w^hich means the 
fragments are at kail leflened, if not reduced 
^o powder. 

In the MOREL ANDS, a flill better pradicc 
Js faid to prevail. There, the heaps are inter^ 
layered, and covered ^f, with moi/l " turf^ 


* It is obfervable, however, that piuch depends upon the 
nature of the ftrnc, from which the lime has been burnt. 
$tones of a uniform texture, asmoft marbles, arelefs liable 
to fall in granules, than ftones which are naturally com- 
pofed of grains, or are divided by fiffures into natural frag- 


fHofif* (the rubbish from ^2.i and turf fud\ 
which bringing on a rapid fall, the whole is 
fet on fire, and the furface kept free from 
granules, by a covering of dry afhes. 

This leads to a general improvement in 
the method of slaking lime: Cover up 
the heaps, whether large or fmall, with soil, 
either of the field they are fet in, -or that of 
lanes or ditches, carted to them for the puf^ 
pofe ; and, if a fpeedy fall be required, thro\y 
water over this covering. See Art. Cement, 
page 1 12. 

6. Time, 6cc. OF SPREADING. If lime be 
ufed OTi fallow for wheat, it is generally fpread 
on, in July ; good farmers making a point of 
harrowing it in, as fajl as it is fpread, and 
plowing it under, with a fhallow furrow, as 
foon as^ convenient. 

7. The ufiial quantity fet on is three to 
four chaldrons an acre. 

IV. DUNG. Nothing fufficiently notice- 
able, refpecfting this fpecies of manure, has 
occurred to me; excepting fome incidents 
relating to the manuring of grafs land, which 
xviil appear under the head Natural 
Herbage; and excepting a general deiici-r 
ency in Farm-yard Economy, for which iee 
^A?l^l-YARD Management. 





may have led fome gentlemen^ but, I believe, 
pot one yeonian, or regular-bred farmer, to 
make experiments in the drill husban- 
dry ; .^t leall:, not of late years. In the day 
of Mr. Tull, fome trials v/ere made of it \ 
but the refults were not fufficiently favorable 
to eilablifli it as a pra(Ctice. 

A fingularity in the method of fowing 
BROADCAST is noticeable ; though not pecu- 
liarly excellent. The common way is to go 
tiL'ice over the ground, fov/ing half the feed 
one way, and (returning on the fame land) 
half the other j the feedfman, in this cafe, 
filling his hand at one Hep, and making his 
caft at the next. But, in the method under 
notice, he cafts at e'lery Jlep, and fows the 
whole of the feed, at once going* over. This 
^nethod is more expeditious, than the com- 
mon way J but it requires a fteady eye, and 
an expert hand, to feed the ground evenly. 


:j2 weeds and vermin. 

1 1. 

WEEDS and V E R M I N. 

1. SPECIES OF WEEDS. There are, 
in this Diltri(ft, men who have been fin^u- 
larly oblers-ant, with refpe<ft to the nature of 
WEEDS; marking their CONTINUANCE, and 
defcribing their methods of propagation and 
rvctirgy with than botanical accuracy. 

What I principally propofe, under the 
prefent head, is, to enumerate the species 
^¥ WEEDS moil noxious to the arable 
LAND of this neighbourhood, and to note 
what appears to be worthy of notice, refpec^- 
ing the diiterent ipecics. 

It may be proper to fay, that in arranging 
the fpecies I have fndcavourrJ to place them 
according totheircEGREES or noxiousness; 
whether it arife from their refpedtive qua- 
lities, or from the quantity which prevails, in 
tbt neighbourhood cfPickfrin^. The grasses 
and thcy-fr::^/are purpofely kept feparate, to 



fliew, with greater perfpicuity, their fevera] 
degrees of hurtfulnefs, to the arable lands of 
the Di{l:ri(:^ under obfervation. 

Provincial names. Linnean names. Eng'ijh names. 

Common thiflle. — -ferratuhi * arvenjis^ — 
corn thiflle. 

Docken, — rumex crifpus, — curled dock. 

Nettle, — urtica dioica, — common nettle. 

Swine t\\\{i\t,—fonchus oleraceus, — com- 
mon fow thiflle. 

Wild oat, — avenafatua, — wild oat. 

Runfli, — 'Jinapis arvenjisy — wild muftard. 

B^un^hj—raphamis raphanijiru?}i, — wild ra- 

Runfh, — hrajjica ?iapi{Sy — wild rape. 

Dea-nettle,— ^{^^/fo^j- tetra/jif, —wild hemp. 

Hairough, — galium aparine, — cleavers. 

G round [ilf^fcnccio 'vulgaris , — groundfel . 


* Let no voluminous writer lay claim to perfect accu- 
racy. Linneus, whjfe fyftcm is a wonderful exeriion of 
the human mind, W'ith refpecl to accuracy of arrangement, 
appears to have made an evident miftakc, in the c'.allifica- 
tion of this common plant. How he could be induced to 
tear it from its natural family carduUs, and force it into 
that oiferratula^ may now be difficult to be afcertained. I 
retain the name, — but protcll againft the propriety of ic. 
The Linnean NnWES are now gene forth, throughout 
all nations; and whoever changes th .m is fpeakiag a Lm- 
gu:ige unknown to universal sotany, 

334- WEEDS AND VERl^IlN*. 

P r: v: '.i.jL L irznean. E^^i'Jh. 

Chicken-weed, — aljme media y—cmzV^wtt^.. 
Dog -finkle, anthcTzis cotula, maithe 

Dog*fink!e,-^r77tf/r/rjr:i/ cbum^^mllla ?— corn 

Cup-rofe,— ^ j/'^'y t'r rZ-iriZ/,— round (mooth- 

headed poppy. 
Cup-rofe,— /J/J^i-'cT Juh'umy—long (mooth- 

headed poppy. 
Bur thillle, — ccrduus lanceolatus, — {pear- 

Red thiA:le, — carduus pahfirb^ — marfh- 

Swine 'Cii'S!(\e,y—foncbus arvenjsy — corn fow- 

Crowfooty — ra7m?2 cuius rrpcjis, — creeping 

Foal foot, — titjfihgo farfara, — coltsfoot . 

p'jt(ntilt4> anferinay — SI verwe ed. 
Fat hsn, — chciopodium aibufr*^ — ccinmon- 



Fat hen, — chcnypodiitm "jtridf, — rcdjoint-ed 

Popple, — agroficmma gk/jago, — cockle. 
Btoney-hard, — /itlw'pennum ariienfc, — corii 


Ccrn \>\T\i^,— polygonum cjfTVohuIus,~c]lmb' 

Ir.z b-jckwced. 



Provincial. Linnean. Engli/b. 

Sour-docken, — rumex acetofa, — ^ common 

Torre 1. 

Sour-docken,-w*r///;;fA' acetofellat — ilieep's 


Great horfeknobs, — centmireafcabiofa^ — 

corn knobweed. 

Great blue-caps,— yZ^^^^/T? aruenjis^ — corn 


Cuifhia, — berackum fpbondyilujn , — cow- 


chrjJa?itbemumfegefum,-'Com marigold. 

Yer-nuts,— biinium bulbjcajlariumf — earth 

nuts, or pig nuts. 

daucus caret ay — wild carrot* 

centaurea cyanus, — bluebonnet. 

t7'ifoUiim melilotus -officinalis, — melilot. 

trifolium alpejlre, — alpine trefoil. 

Docke n, — 7'umex obtufifolius, - - broadleave d 


Dpcken, — rumexJar;guif.^euSj-*-hlcody dock. 

carduiis nutajis^ — sodding thii^le. 

carduus eriopborus, WQOilyhc-aded 


tblafpi cafHpeJire, — common mithridate. 

lapfajia communis^ — nipplewort. 

polyganum perficaria^ — common perfi- 



3s6 WEEDS AND V E R M I iV. 

Provincial, Linnean. Er.glijh, 

polyganum crciculare^ — hogweed. 

mentha arvenjisy — corn mint. 

cbryfa?2thcmum kucanthemumy — oxeyC 


ranunculus arvenjls, — -corn crowfoot. 

ranunculus acris^ — common crowfoot. 

cucubalus behcn^ — bladder campion. 

Cornbind, - — convolvulus arvenjisy — corn 


act tile a in illefo Hum , — m i 1 fo 1 1 . 

Saxifrage, — peucedanumjilaus, — meadow 


lycopfis arvenJiSy — corn buglos. 

Bur-docken, — ar^ium lappa ^-^vlx^oq^/l, 

antirrhinum I'maria^ — common fnap* 


*valeriana locnjl a, -^com valerian. 

refeda luteola,—^M'e\d, 

Breckens, — pten's a^uillna, — fern. 

Crake -needle, — fca?zdix peSleti-Vcnerisy — 

lliepherd's needle. 

veronica hcderifolia, — ivyleaved fpeed- 

cerajlium vul^atuin, -^common mouft- 


fumaria officinalis^ — common fumitory* 

euphorbia hcliifcopiay — fun fpurge. 



Provincial. Lir.nean. Englijh. 

anagallis arvenfis^ — pimpernel. 
Jilago ge?-??7anicay — common cudweed. 
eiiphrajia odontites^ — red eyebright. 


myojGtis fcorpioides, -— fcorpion moufe* 

ijiola fncolor,-^coxn\rLon panlie* 
prunella vulgaris^ — felfheal. 
Quicks, — trificum repens^ — couchgrafs. 

jeftuca duriiifciday — hard fefcue. 
White grafs, — holcus mollis, — couchy fofl 
avena elatiory — tall oatgrafs. 
agroftis alba, — creeping bentgrafs, 
alopecuriis agrejlis, — field foxtail. 
Droke , — lolium temulenfum j—ddirnel . 
dadiylis glomeratay — orchardgra {.^ * 
White grafs, — holcus lanatus, — meadow 

Aih,-—fraxlnus excelfior^ — afjh. 
Afpen, — populus tremula, — trembling po- 
White thorn, — cratagus oxyacantha, -^ 

Black (hoxnt-^prunus fphiofa, — floethorn. 
Vol. I. Z Briax, 


Prcv'mcial. Llnnean. EngliJJj. 

"Bi'iSLT,— rubtu f rut icofus,— common bram- 
rubus ccefius, — dwarf bramble. 
Cat whiuy—rG/a JpinoJIJ/ima, —hurn&t rofe. 
Ku(ihuTn,—cnonisar'venJisfpino/ay— thorny 

re fth arrow. 
Ruftburn, — ononis repens, — trailing red- 
TION. There are two ways of extirpating 
weeds from arable land: hy falhiving, 
and by weeding, 

I. By the term fallowing, is meant 
repeated plowings, harrowings, 6rc. between 
the erops ; whether thefe plowings, &:c. be 
<Tiven in two, in twelve, or in eighteen 


There are feveral ipecies of weeds, which 
tannot be wholly overcome, without fallow- 
ing. Weeds, which propagate their fpecies, 
by SUCKERS FROM THE ROOT^ are invigorat- 
ed, hy ^frngk plo'iving^, which, by giving i, 
frelh fupply of air and opennefs to the foil, 
gives freedom to the fuckers; and, by de- 
ftroying the feed wTeds in the operation, the 
fuckers arc left in pofTelTion of the foil \ and 
whoever attempts to overcome root weeds 




with the boe^ may be faid to be unacquainted 
with the practice of huibandiy. 

The CONTINUANCE of a tallow, and the 
number of plowings requilite, depend on the 
i^2S.0T\i and on the number and the nature of 
the weeds, to be deltroyed. If the fpring 
feafon be found inlufficient to eftedtuate the 
purgation, — take the fummer, and even the 
autumn, the winter, and the enfuing fpring, 
rather than crop an under-ivorksd fallovi^ 
which is but little fuperior to a lingle plow- 
ing. One ftirring, towards the clofe, is fre- 
quently more valuable, than two or three 
plowings at the outfet. To begin a fallow, 
witliQut continuing it, until its intention be 
fully accomplijhedy is throwing away labor, 

2. By WEEDING, is meant the adl of de- 
ftroying or checking v.eeds, while the crop 
is growing, to prevent their preying upon 
the foil, and propagating their fpecies by 
feeding ; whether the operation be perform- 
ed with the hoe, xh^fpadle, the hooky or the 
hand 2\onQ. 

Next to the plow and harrow, the hoz is 

the moft deilrucftive to feed ii-eeds ; but the 

hoe ought not, in any cafe, to be relied on : 

the HAND, alone, ought to give the fnrjJ: to 

Z 2 weeding : 


weeding : and the later this i5 given, fo that 
the crop be not iTiateriaily injured by the 
operation, the more valuable \^'ill b© its 

The cJzfe of this operation is fimilar to that 
of the fallow. One additional weeding is 
given at a fmall expence ; and v.ithout it, 
perhaps, thofe which preceded were of little 
benefit. One weed left to fpread its feed?, 
this year, may be the caufe of a hundred, the 

III. VERMIN. The different fpecies of 
' vermin, which have more particularly excited 
notice, in this Diftri<ft, are, 

1. Mice. 

2. Rats. 

3. Dogs. 

I , Mice. The moufe rivals the fparrow, 
in mifchievoufnefs toward the farmer. In 
the field, the barn, and the dairy, mice are 
equally troublefcme and deftrudive. In the 
field, the quantity of deilruciion is not eafil/ 
to be afcertained ; but it is probably much 
greater, than the unobfervant are aware of. 
At feed time, aiid at haneft, they not only 
feed freely upon corn, but fill their granaries 
with it, as a refourcc in lefs plentifiil feafons *. 


• See Mid. Ecom. Miscti: 26. fo: a rccoarjtibk: m- 
ftJTXC of t' lis. 


Much care is beftovved on the deftrudion of 
moles ; and it might be worth while to en- 
deavour to lellen the number of field mice, 
which, I am of opinion, are in their nature 
more injurious to the farmer than moles are. 

In the rick yard, the barn, the dwelling 
houfe, the garden, and the nurfery ground, 
their mifchievoufnefs is too obvious to be 
overlooked , and the utility of lelTening their 
number, in thefe places, is too wjell known 
to require an enumeration of facVs to prove it. 

The method of deftroying mice is a fub» 
je(fl, not unworthy of the attention of any 
man, who is interefled in rural affairs. If 
feme art, or fome natural enemies, were not 
employed, in lefTening their number, the en- 
tire fjpply of human food would not be fuf- 
ficient to fapport them. Even in their pre- 
fent ftate, I have heard it intimated, by a man 
whoTe obfervations are frequently juft, that 
it is a diiputable point, whether the moufe or 
the tithe man is a greater enemy to the 
farmer *\ 

Z 3 The 

* This idea, however, is more applicable, in a grafs land 
country, where corn, being lefs in quantity, is niore liable 
to be deftroyed by mice, than it is, in an arable country, 



The barn and the ftackyard are ufually put 
under the care of the cat : to fet a moufetrap, 
in a barn full of corn, has generally beea 
confidercd as a thing- fo unlikely to be ef- 
fe(!^ive, that it has feldom perhaps been tried : 
I have never met with an inftance of it ; ex- 
cepting one in this Dillrict ; in which its 
fuccefs has been extraordinary. A barn, 
which for many years had been remarkably 
infefted with mice (notwithllanding a nu- 
merous guard of cats), has, by a proper ufe 
of traps, been kept m a manner free from 

It having been obfer^'ed, during long ex- 
perience, that thefe mifchievous animals, un- 
contented with their definition among the 
corn, — attacked leather, greafe, or other 
animal food, which happened to be left in 
the barn, — traps were fet in their runs, and 
hiding places, and baited witli thefe fub-. 
fiances. The fuccefs was ever>* thing to be 
defired j for although a total extirpation has 
not taken place, an annual faving of fome 
quarters of corn has been the confequerce. 


where the proportion of corn is greater j — where the bam 
is oftcner errpued, — and where piUar ftack-fraiKes, ar.^ 
piJar granaries, are generallj more in uie. 


Under an idea, that it was a change of 
FOOD which, in the barn, conftituted the^^/V, 
the fame principle was applied, in the cheefe 
chamber, and with the fame fuccefs. Here, 
ti'aps, baited with corn, were taken with 

In the garden, it was obferved, that much 
depended on the feafon of the year : there- 
fore, here, natural hiding places were fought 
for 5 and if convenient ones could not be 
found, artificial ones were made, in different 
parts of the garden ; with logs, ftones fet up 
hollow, on-edge, boards, &c. In thefe hiding 
places, a vajiety of foods are laid, for feveral 
days, whenever mice become troublefome ; 
and whatever food is preferred, with that 
traps are baited. 

By thefe means, the entire premifes have 
been kept almoft wholly free from mice. 

While the number is great, various kinds 
of traps may be ufed, provided they be pro- 
perly baited : for taking a remaining artful 
few, the common fteel trap, adapted to the 
iize of the moufe, has been found to be the 
moil effedlual. 

2. Rats. This animal, equally artful and 
ijiifcliievous, is difficult to be taken by flra- 

Z 4 tagem: 


tagem : in farm homefteads, fituated near 
water, it is become almofl: impofiible to keep 
dewn their numbers. In every country, 
they are a growing evil ; not only in Rural 
Economy, but in manufa<^ure, and in do- 
jneftic life. Should their numbers continue 
toincreafe, with the' fame rapidity they have 
done fince the prefent breed got footing in 
the ifland, they will, in no great length of 
time, become a ferious calamity. They are, 
perhaps at prefent, an objed: of public at- 

3. Dogs. It is not through an antipathy 
to dogs, that I clafs them here among 
vermin. I am led to it, by fadis, which, 
though not extraordinary, ought to be gene-, 
rally known. 

A few years ago, the whole country was 
alarmed, with the apprehenfion of canine 
MADNESS. A confidcrable proportion of the 
dogs, kept in it, were adually mad. Much 
live Hock, and feveral perfons, were bitten. 
Fortunately, however, thus far, none of thefe 
have been attacked, by that horrid diforder i 
but they flill live under the dreadful appre- 
henfion of their l)eing, every day, liable to be 



feized, by the greateft calamity human nature 
is liable to *. 

In the courle of laft winter (1786-7) the 
value of SHEEP worried by dogs, in this 
townihip alone, was calculated ai near one 
hundred pounds. A fmall farmer, whofe 
entire ftock did not amount to more than 
forty, had thirteen llieep, and eleven lambs, 
worried in one night. 


* Since writing the above, no lefs than fc- en peiTons 
were, in this place, bitten by one dog ! Much li^'e flccic 
has alfo lately been bitten. In a neighbouring village a 
calf, which had been bitten, was feized witn madnefs, and 
bit the perfon who had the care of it. 

What aggra\'ates the firii-mentioned inftance is, that 
the perfon, to whom the dog belonged, knew that he had 
been bitten, a few weeks before, yet fufFered hiai to go 
loofe, though urged to the contrary. Surely, on culprits 
like this, fome fe\ ere penalty, or fome fevere punilhnnent, 
ought to be inflic^able. A general law againft every man, 
whole dog is fufFered to jiray^ in a ilate of madncfi, might 
have a good effect. 

If the prrik^ice of vcormlng be really efTevSlual, in pre- 
venting the mifchiefs of canine madnefs, a fevere penalty 
is due from every owner of a dogj which has not under- 
gone fo falutary an operation. 

Several inftances are related of perfons, to whom canine 
maducfs has proved fatal, in this neighbourhood. And the 
inftances of live ftock, which have fuffered by the fame 
means, are innumerable, 


Thefe are not mentioned as fingular fadts : 
every Diilriifl, and almoft every year, afford 
inftances of a iimflar nature ; nor do I men- 
tion them to excite a momentary indignation, 
in the breaii of the reader j but in hopes 
that they may be inftrumcntal, in roufing 
the humanity, of thofc, who have it in their 
power, to mitigate the danger, and leiTen the 
quantity of evil. 

The quantity of human food, which b 
annually wafled on ufelefs dogs, is itfelf an 
object cf national attention. When the 
horrors of canuie madnefs, the wanton tor- 
ture of innocence, and the wanton deftruc- 
tion of one of the firft neceffaries of life are 
added, the object becomes of the firft con- 
cern to the nation. Who, even in thefe 
days of Public Economy, would think ten 
thoufand pounds a year ill beftov/ed, in doing 
away fuch an accumuktion ot public evil ? 
Yet who does not know that, in doing it . 
away, ten times ten thoufand a year might 
be drawn into the national treafury ! Let 
not the patriotifm of Princes, the ability of 
Minifters, or the wifdcm of Parliament, be 
fpoken of, in this countr)', until a national 
ABSURDITY, fo glaringly obvious, be re-^. 



There are men whom frlcndjlnp IncHnes . 
to the caufe of the dop^. Far be it from me 
to damp the flame of fiiendiliip. But is not 
the lamb equally, at leafl", entitled to our 
friend fliip ? Who fees the little innocent 
dragged to the flaughter without regret ; 
and who, without remorfe, could fee one 
lying mangled in the field, half alive, half 
eaten up, by the mercilefs, yet befriended 

But the operation of a tax upon dogs would, 
probably, be different to whfit is generally 
conceived. I am of opinion, that, were fiich 
a tax to be laid on judicioiiily, the imme- 
diate deftrucftion of dogs would be incon- 
fiderable. The tie of affe<5tion muft be weak 
which a fliilling, a year, would dilfolve : even 
the poor man's dog would die a natural death, 
under thofe eafy circumitances. — But what 
poor man would think of paying, even a 
fliilling a year, for a dirty troublefome puppy, 
for which he had not yet conceived any par- 
ticular affedtion? Thus the number of dogs 
would, annually, and imperceptibly, de- 

In fix or feven years, the tax would require 
an advance : its produdlivenefs would be 
Jcfiened, and the rearing of another clafs of 



dogs would require prevention. In a few 
years more, it might receive its final advance. 
The produ^tivenels of the tax ought not 
to be confidered, as the primary objei5t of a 
tax upon dogs. The removal of the public 
evils, which have been enumerated, iliould 
be at leafl jointly confidered. Five fhillings 
a head would reduce the number of dogs ; 
and would, perhaps, be found, on experience, 
to be more productive than a lower tax. 



NO DEPARTMENT of Rural Economy 
difiinguiflies the northern, from the mid- 
land, and SOUTHERN parts of the Illand, 
io much, as the method hi Harvefling. 
And, perhaps, no Northern Diftridl is more 
flrongly marked, v/ith this diftinguilhing 
charadterillic, than that which is now under 

1 . Cutting corn with the fickle. 

2. Cutting cora with the lithe. 



I. THE SICKLE. It is probable that nine 
tenths of the corn, \^hich is cut with the 
fickle, in this kingdom, is cut by mefi. In 
Surrey and Kent, a woman may fometimes be 
fcen with a fickle in her hand. In Norfolk, 
it is a fight which is feldom or ever feen. 
Here, it is almoft equally rare to fee a fickle 
in the hand of a man ; reaping — provincially, 
*' Shearing, " — being almofl entirely done by 


Three women and one man make a fett ; 
who, of a middling crop, do an acre, a day. 
If corn be thin, a man will bind after four 
women ; if very thick upon the ground, he 
requires a boy to make bands for him. 

Sometimes, the bands are laid for the 
wom^en to throw their handfuls into j but, in 
general, they lay the corn in ** reaps," of 
about half a fheaf each ; the binder gathering 
it up carefully, againft his legs, in the man- 
ner wheat flraw is nfually gathered on the 
thrafhing floor. This is much the beft- way 
(though fomewhat more troublefome) ; tJw: 
corn being, by this means, bound up tight 
and even, and the flieaves made of an equal 
fize. • * - 

The day wages of a woman, in harvefl:, h 
lod, of a man 2S. Thus wheat, which in 


35» H A R V E S T I N G. 

Surrey would cod los. to 12s. and which; in 
any country I have obi'epvtd in, would coft 
7s. or 8s. is here cut for 4s. 6d. an acre. 

But the faving of fo much, an acre, is far 
from being the only advantage, ariling from 
the practice of employing women in the work 
cf harveft. The number of hands is in- 
creafed ; the poor man's income is raifed ; 
the paxiih rates are in confequence lefTencd ; 
and the community at large are benefited, by 
an increafe of induftry, and an acquilition of 
health. How conducive to ibis are the em- 
ployments of hufbandry, compared with thofe 
cf manufiii^ure ! And the work of Harveft, 
fo far from being thought a hardihip, l>, by 
women who have been bred to it, ccnfidered 
as a relaxation to domeflic confinement, and 
iefs agreeable employments. 

Wheat and rye are (tx. up in /hucks,**— 
provincially " fiooks,'* — of twelve or ten 
iheaves caeh j two of which are invariably 
ufed as ** hocd-iheaves"; for hooding, cap- 
ping, or covering the heads cf the reii* 
Twelve iLeaves are termed a " Aook /' in 
V, hich wheat, formerly, was generally itt up j 
but unkiS the ftr::w be long, two fTieaves arc 
lie: equal to the fafe covcrmg of ten. It is 
therefore, now, the more general pra<ft.ce, to 



fet them up in " tens ;" by which means 
they are much more effedlually covered. 

In the Ibuth of England, the covering of 
wheat is never pradtifed ; here, wheat is 
never left, a day, uncovered. Both pradlices 
are wrong. In fine weather, the ears of corn 
cannot be too much expofed to the fun and 
dews ; if the grain be thin, even a flight 
fhower is of great benefit to it. In a rainy 
feafon, they cannot be covered too clofely.. 
Therefore, in the covering of wheat, as in 
other departments of hufbandry, the farmer 
ought to be dire(!^ed by the feafon ; not by 
any bigot cuftom of the country he happens 
to farm in. 

II. SITHE. In the fouthern and midland 
provinces, corn is invariably mo'ivn outward^ 
and dried mfivath. Here, it is as invariably 
moiun again ft the J} an ding corn, and dried in 

The method of fheaf^ng varies. Upon 
the Wolds, the prevailing method is to bind 
the (heaves, in the ufual banding place, and 
to fet them up, in " flocks." . This is termed 
*' binding ;" — a practice which appears to be 
encrealing in the Vale. 

But formerly, the invariable practice was, 
and the prevailing pra«5tice ftill is, here, to tie 


352 H A R V E S T I N G. 

them near the top, and fet them up in fingU 
jbeaves, — provinciallv, ** gaits." This is 
called " gaiting ;" which, if the corn be 
v/eedv, or full of cultivated grafs at the 
bottom, is a moll admirable pradlice. 

I. In MOWING corn for flieafing, a cradle 
of three points (fimilar to that of two points 
ufed in Kent, and in mowing com into fwath) 
is generally placed over the lithe, to colIe<f^ 
the corn, and afiift in fetting it up ftraight, 
but fomewhat leaning, againft the flanding 
com. If corn ftand fair, a man who knows 
how to fet his cradle, and ufe his fithe, will 
fet it up with great evennefs and regularity. 
Jf corn be fomewhat difordered, yetmowibie> 
a bow (ilmilar to that ufed in moiT: countries 
for mowmg corn outward) is aftixt to the 
Cthe, for the fame purpofe. 

The is followed by a woman, who 
makes, and " lays out" the corn into 
iLeaf. This ilie does, eithtrr with the hands 
alone, or with a (hort-headed, long-toothed 
wooden rake : gathering the corn with the 
rake ; and, when a iheaf is collevTted, throw- 
ing it dcxtroufly into the band, with her foot ; 
witliout touching it with her hands ; and, 
confenuentiv, without ih^ inconveniencv of 



/looping. If the crop be large, the worhan 
has generally a boy to make bands for her. 

A man, or a flout boy, follows to tie and 
fet up the (heaves -, or, if the crop be thin* 
one man binds after two fithes. 


properly, and expeditioully, there is an art 
and dexterity requilite, which can only be 
learnt from practice. The band being loofely 
tied, at about the fame diftance from the 
head of the fheaf, as it ufually is from the 
butts, — the binder lays hold of the ears, with 
both hands, immediately above the band, 
and ilrikes the ilieaf down pretty hard upon its 
butts j in order to give it a flat even bafe. 
One hand (the right for inftance) is then 
loofened, and inferted edge-way into the 
middle of the butts. The body, with the 
arms in that poflure, is thrown forward, and 
brought round with a fweep to the right ; 
thereby fpreading the butts of the right-hand 
fide of the fheaf. The fituation of the hands 
is then changed : the right is placed upon 
the ears, the left within the fheaf, bringing 
them round with a fweep to the left, leaving 
the fheaf a hollow cone. 

If the face, in this operation, be turned 
toward the north, and, in the lafl fweep, an 

Vol. I. A a opening 


opening or breach be left toward thefouth,the 
rays of the fun will have admifTion, to keep 
the ground dry within, and alTift the wind in 
drying the inner fide of the flicaf. 

Thefe particulars may, on paper, appear 
tedious i but, in practice, an expert hand 
will go through them in a few feconds of 

There is, however, a much readier way 
of fetting up fingle (heaves ; namely, by 
lifting them as high as the arms will con- 
veniently reach ; and bringing them fmartly 
to the ground, with a jerking motion. This 
fpreads the butts ; but does not give the de- 
firable holhivnefs ; nor the firmnefs, which is 
requifite in windy weather. 

When the finglets are dry enough, for 
carrying, they are " bound," in the ufual 
banding place. 

3. In BINDING SINGLETS, the band is laid 
upon x}^t. ground, about a foot from the ikirts 
of the fmglet ; which is pulled over upon it, 
and bound in the common manner. The 
original band of the firft fheaf is pulled off 
for the fecond ; fo that, without an accident, 
the rinl band, only, is required to be made, at 
the time of binding. This renders the ope- 
ration lefs tedious than theory may fuggeft. . 


Y O R K S H I R E. •■* 355 

The /heaves, when bound, are collected 
into heaps, and carried on the day of binding; 
or are fet up in {bucks, as accidents or conve- 
niency mav require *. 

4. If the corn be *' bound," at the 
TIME of mowing, it is fet up in shucks t 
in which it ftands until it be fit for carrying. 

This is lefs tronblefome, than firft " gait- 
ing" and afterwards " binding" it. And if 
the corn be ripe, and the bottom be tolerably 
free from weeds, it is, perhaps, the more 
eligible method, for corn which is cut with 
the siTHE. 

But, for under-ripe, or weedy corn, though 
cut with the fithe ; and for all oats and barley 
which are cut with the sickle ; " ^aitin^" is 

' o o 

here conlidered> as effentiallynecelTary; Corn 
A a 2 cut 

* Gaiting. This praflice is probably cf Scottifli 
extraflion. In the dialecl ef the Englilh language^ now 
ufed in the Highlands of Scotland, where this practice is 
much in ufe, " gait" is the ordinary name, (or the efta- 
blifhed pronunciation,) of the goat. In the dialect of the 
Celtic language, likewifi in ufe there, fingle fheaves fet up, 
as in this piaflice, are called gouracs \ — from gour^ a 
goat^ — gourac, a little goat; — the diminutive oi gour. 

Hence, there feems to be little doubt of the name having 
been taken from the animal. But whether the Saxon Scots 
borrowed the practice, and the name, from the Celts, or the 
Cskic Scots from the Saxons, may, now, be ifficult to 

356 "H A R V E S T I N G. 

cut with the fickle lies firaighter, and clofcr, 
in the band, than mown corn ; which, being 
more or lefs ruffled, with the fithe or the rake, 
does not bed fo clofely in the band ; the air 
thereby gaining a more free admifiion, into 
the center of the fheaf. 

li barley be fhort upon tlie ground, free 
from weeds, and well headed (efpecially the 
four-rowed barley or** big"), it is difficult 
to be " gaited ," the heads of the iheaves 
being too bulky, and the butts not fufficiently 
fo, to form a bails broad 'enough to funport 
them. Its flippery nature, ahb, renders it 
difficult to be kept in a loofcly tied band. 
Barley, therefore, is more commonly bound 
after the iithe, than oats are. But when it 
runs much to ftraw, and is weedy, or full of 
graffes at the bottom, gaiting becomes ellen- 
tially necefi'ar)^ to accurate management . Bar- 
ley is more liable, than any other grain, to take 
damage in the field ; and every means of 
forwarding its drying, thereby fhcrtening the 
length of time between the cutting and the 
carn-ing, ought to be employed. 

Shucks of oats arid barley, bound after the 
fithe, are generally left uncovered, until the 
time of carr)'ing. If, however, the feafon 
be unfettled, and the heads be pretty well 



weathered, while the butts are yet under dry, 
it is well to put on hood Iheaves, and thereby 
guard the grain from too great an expofure 
to the weather. 

General Observations on Harvest- 
ing Barley and Oats. 

The comparative advantages of 
harvefting barley and oats, in flieaf, are nu- 
merous. The wafte. throughout, is lefs ; 
the corn, efpecially in gaits, is, at once, got 
out of the way of the weather; the labor of 
carrying, houfeing, or ftacking, is much lef- 
fened ; much barn room is faved ; the labor 
of thrashing is lefs ; the flraw, if the harvefl 
prove wet, makes much better fodder ; and, 
under this circumftance, the corn preferves 
its color, in Iheaf, incomparably better, than 
it does in fwath. 

The apparent inconveniency of Harvefling 
corn in flieaf (I mean that which muft ftrike 
every one who has not duly confidered the 
fubjed:, and compared the nature and the 
quantity of labor, feparaiely, requifite to 
each of the two methods of Harvefting) is 
the increafe of labor, at the outfet. Bat if 
the laying out, arid the binding, be done by 
A a 3 women 


"ivomen and boys, or by men who cannot 
mow (which is almofl invariably the cafe) 
the bufinefs of mowing goes on the fame 
pace, or nearly the fame pace, as it would 
have done, had the corn been mown into 
fwaths. Befides, the repeated turnings, 
which frequently are requifite, and the cock- 
ing, which always is neceiTary, are entirely 
excluded, by binding. 

Upon the whole. It is evident, that the 
quantity of men's labor is diminiihed, cot 
increafed, by the prad:ice of Harvefling in 
fheaf. If, to this advantage be added, the 
(cafe and expedition, in the bufmefs of parry- 
ing (the moll: important bufinefs of harvell:, 
and that which requires the quickeft dif- 
pitch), we may fairly conclude, that, by 
Harvefling in fheaf, the labor, the anxiety, 
and the hazard of harveft are leiTened ; while 
the quality, and confequently the value, of 
the produce is increafed. 

My own pracftice having been in Diftri(fls, 
where Harvcfting, in fvvath, is the univerfal 
cuftom, I had ponceived, that the practice of 
Harvefting, in fheaf, was only adapted to ^ 
CGuntry thin of corn ; and that it was alto- 
gether impra<:i:icable, in what is called a corn 
COUNTRY. But the WOLDS of tliis Diflrivll 



leave no room for fuch a conje<flure. The 
Yorkfliire Wolds are not only a corn countr)^, 
but the farms are niany of them of extraor- 
dinary fize : neverthelefs, it is the invariable 
pradlice of that Diftrift to harveft bcirley 
and oats, in fheaf. One man, a few years 
ago, grew between three and four thoufand 
quarters of oats and barley, — every bufliel of 
which was harvefted in fheaf. 

I am too well aware of the difficulty of 
changing the cuftom of a country, to recom- 
mend to any man, who farms in a fouthern 
Diflrict, to attempt to harveft all his corn, in 
fiieaf, without regard to the weather, or the 
ftate of the feafon. But I will not hefitate 
to recommend, to every man, who has barley 
or oats to cut, in a wet feafon, or in a late 
harveft, to harveft them in ftieaf. 

In Surrey, and other counties, where mown 
corn is laid ftraight in fwath, there would be 
jio difficulty in harvefting it, in ffieaf. The 
corn might be mown outward, in the ufual 
manner, and {heaved out of fwath -, which 
is, perhaps, upon the whole, a better method 
of fheafing, than that which has been de- 
fcribed, as ihe prad:ice of this Diftridl:. 

The great art of laying corn ftraight with 

the fithe, whether it be mown inward or 

A a 4 outward. 


outward. Is to keep the face fomewhat in- 
clined toward the ilanding corn : thus, in 
mowing outward, the left hand and the left 
foot ought to go fomewhat foremoft : on the 
contrary, in mowing inward, the right fide 
ought to precede. Much depends upon 
fetting the cradle, or the bow ; which fhould 
be fo fet, as to take the whole of the corn, cut 
at each flroke, without interfering with the 
{landing corn. The fithe, in mowing, ought 
to be brought well round to the left, as if 
for the intention of throwmg the corn be^ 
hind the mower. To allow for this length 
of fweep, the fwath ihould not be taken too 
wide ; nor, in ravelled corn, {hould the fithe 
be too long. 

By a little pradlice, young men, who can 
handle their iithes, and whofe difpolltions 
incline them to oblige, might, in any country, 
foon be rendered fufficiently perfedl, in the 
art of laying corn flraight, in fwath ; or of 
fetting it up flraight, and evenly, againfl: the 
flanding corn. In exercifing thefe, young 
women might, at the fame time, be taught 
to lay out the corn into fheaves, and flout lads 
to fet them up fmgly. A Icifure opportunity 
fhould be embraced. The outfet fhould be 
confidered as a matter of amufement. A 



few acres, this year, might be an inducement 
to extend the practice to a greater number, 
the next. The art once acquired, it would 
be ready to be applied, on a large fcale, when- 
ever a wet feafon, or a backward harvefl, 
ihould happen. 



divifions of this fubjedt, which are noticeable 
Jiere, are, 

1 . Binding the flraw. 

2. Winnowing the corn. 

J. Binding Straw. Straw, of every 
liind, is bound upon the thrafhing floor. 
This, when flraw is not ufed at the time of 
thrafhing, would, in any country, be good 
economy. Straw in trufles is much better 
to move, lies in lefs room, and retains its fla- 
vor longer, than loofe flraw does. In a 
country where cattle, in winter, are univer- 
fally kept in the houfe, and foddered at 
(lated mealtimes, the binding of llraw be- 


Comes efTential to good management. Each 
trur?-*-provincially, "fold" — contains an arm* 
fill (that is, as much as the arms can conveni* 
entlyJiM) ; and this is the ufual meal for a 
pair of cattle. Thus the bufinefs of " fod* 
dering" is faciHtated, and a wade of A.raw 

2. Winnowing. Under the article 
Implements, the prefent praAice of v/in- 
nowing, with the ** machine-fan," was men- 
tioned. All that remains to be dene, here, 
is to endeavour to ^ive fome general rule, for 
the method of ufing it. 

Pradlice, only, can teach the minutiae of 
the art, which, though here fo prevalent, is 
far from being well underllood. The corn-* 
plexnefs of the machine is fuch, that laborers, 
in e-neral, are ignorant of the means of ad- 
juiling it i and let its conftrudion be ever fo 
perfecl:, much depends en regulating it, pro- 
perly, for different kmds of grain ; as well as 
in fetting it, with truth, for any particular 

The outlines of the art lie, in adapting the 
ftreniTth cf the wind, to a due and reo^ular 
lupply of the given contents of the hopper 3 
and in adjufting the feveral regulators, in fuch 
manner, as to feparate the chaff, the capes, 



and the grain, with the greateft pofTible ex- 

Wheat is generally run twice through the 
machine or mill -, but, with a good machine, 
properly regulated, and deliberately fed, it 
may he made marketable, by running it once 
through. Barley and oats are feldom put 
through, more than once. And beans ov peas 
may be cleaned, as fail as a man can fupply 
the hopper with them. 

Superior advantages, of this fpecies of fan, 
are difpatch, the faving of the labor of one 
man, and the prefervation of the health of 
thofe who are employed. The fail fan, — the 
common winnowing fan of the kingdom at 
large, — requires one perfon to turn, one to 
riddle or " heave," and one to fill the riddle 
or fcuttles ; and, for this |ett, feven or eight 
quarters of wheat is a hard day's work. Two 
perfons, with a machine fan, properly fet, 
and properly fupplied, will winnow the fame 
quantity, in half a day. The fan, itfelf, lup- 

•plies the place of the perfon v.ho riddles; 
and all the labor, which i^ neceflarily be- 
{towed, on the difficult work of feparating 
the one continuous heap, into corn, chaff, 

^and "capes," and running the intermingled 
parts down, again and again, to reduce them 



to one or other of thofe articles, is entirely 

11. YARD MANAGEMENT requires 
to be fubdivided, in this cafe, into 

1. Expenditure of ilraw. 

2. Railing yard manure. 

I. Expenditure of Straw. In the 
VAcy and the Morelands, cattle are, almoft 
univerfaliy, kept tied up in houfe s or hovels, 
or under {heds,which, if the afpecft be good and 
the ends properly iheltered, are preferable to 
clofe houfes. Warmth and dr\mefs are doubt- 
lefs of great advantage to cattle, in winter ; 
eipecially to lean flraw-fed cattle ; which 
cannot bear the feverity of weather, fo well 
as cattle whofe keep is higher. Rut, in this, 
as in moil things, there is a medium to be 
obferved. The hair of cattle, kept in a clofe 
warm houfe, naturally grows thin, and peels 
off, prematurely ; expoling the cattle, when 
turned out to grafs in the fpring, to a degree 
of unneceffar)" hardship, which, in its effedl, 
is perhaps frequently worfe, than expofmg 
them in an open yard, in the winter months. 

The warmth of the cattle, however, ap- 
pears to be, here, only a fecondarj^ objed: ; 
the SAVING OF FODDER feems to be the 
principal motive, for tying up cattle cf every 



kind, in winter; by which means, almoft 
every ftraw is eaten -, the cattle frequently 
lying without litter, upon the bare floors of 
their flails. Twenty or thirty head of cattle 
are kept, here, on the fame quantity of ftraw, 
which, in moft corn countries, is allowed to 
be picked over, by eight or ten. 

The dung drops into a fquare trench, 
which is cleaned every day, while the cattle 
are out at water, or in the fields at grafs. 

Stalled cattle are ufually foddered, four 
times a day: in the morning-; again in the 
forenoon; a, third time when they are taken- 
up from watering ; and, finally, in the even- 
ing. The heft of the ftraw is given to the 
young ftock, the inferior fort to oxen. Cows 
are chiefly kept on hay, even when they are 
dry of milk : an evident impropriety ; efpe- 
cially when applied to the fliort-horned breed 
of cows, which generally calve with diffi- 

On a general view, it is evident, that the 
expenditure of ftraw, in this country, is 
adapted to its climature, and to its ftate of 
hufbandry. Where grafs land abounds, cat- 
tle of courfe are numerous, and flraw propor- 
tionally fcarce. On the contrary, in a corn- 
land country, flraw is more plentiful than 



ftock ; and all that is thought of, there, is to 
get it trodden into manure. 

2. Raising Yard Manure. It would 
be foreign, to the prejent work, to canvafs 
the propriety oi treading ftraw into manure. 
This country has generally flock enough to 
eat every ll:raw it produces ; therefore to tread 
it to manure, and to ivnjie it, are, here, fy- 
nonymou^ expreflions. It is all wanted as 
fodder, and- it would be an evident abfurdity 
to litter the yard with it. All I propofe, at 
prefent, on this fubjeft, is, to recommend to 
my countrymen a more provident manage- 
■rtient of the little yard manure they make, — 
let its quality be what it may. 

The general pra(ftice, at prefent, is to pile 
it on the higheft part of the yard ; or, which 
is Hill lefs judicious, to let it lie fcattered 
about, on the fide of a flope; as it were for 
the purpofc of dillipating its virtues. 

The urine, which does not mix with the 
dung, is almofl invariably led off, the neareft 
way, to the common fhore; as if it were 
thought a nuif^nce to the premifes. That 
which mixes with the dung: is, of courfe, 
carried to the ** njidden," and afTifls in the 
general difTipation. 

A yard 


A yard of dungy nine tenths of which ib 
flravv, will difcharge even in dry weather, 
feme of its more fluid partick'S j and, in rainy 
weather, is, notwithftanding the ftraw, liable 
to be wailied away, if expofed on a rifing 

But how much more liable to wafte is a 
mixture of dung and urine, with barely a 
futiiciency of ftraw to keep it together, in a 
body ? In dry weather, the natural oozing is 
confiderable ; and, in a wet feafon, every 
ihower of rain wafhes it away, in quantity. 
It may be a moot point whether, in fome 
cafes, half the effential virtues of the dung, 
as a manure, may not be loft by improper 
management. Certain it is, that, in all cafes, 
much too great a proportion is loft ; and it 
behoves the huft)andmen of this Diftrict, and 
of every Diftrict where the houfmg of cattle 
in winter is pradtifed, to pay particular atten- 
tion to the management of Farmyard aaa- 

If a fmall proportion of the expcnce and 
attention, which has of late years been fo 
well beftowed on the making of Drinking 
POOLS, were to be applied to the forming of 
DuNQ YARDS, the profits, great as they are 



in one cafe. Would, I am perfuaded, be found 
llill greater in the other. 

The Norfolk method of bottoming the 
dung yard, with mold, is here indifpenfably 
neceffary, to common good management. 
There is no better manure, for g r ass land, 
than mold faturated with the oozings of a 
dunghill : it gets down quicker among the 
grafs, and has generally a more viiible efFe<^, 
than the dung itfelf. To negle(fl: fo valuable 
a fource of manure, is negledling a mine of 
gold and filver, which may be worked at 
will. Under this management, the arable 
land would have the felf-fame dung, it now 
has ; while the grafs land would have an 
annual fupply of riches, which now run waRc 
in the " flrands" and rivulets. 

But, before a dung yard can, with pro- 
priety, be bottomed witli mold, the bottom 
of the yard, itfelf, ought to be properly 
FORMED. A part of it, fituated convenient - 
ly for carriages to come at, and low enough 
to receive the entire drainao-e of the itable, 
cattle ftalls, arid hog flics, fliould be hollow-ed 
out, in the manner of an artificial Drinking 
pool, with a rim fomcwhat rifing, and with 
covered drains laid into it, from the various 
fources of liquid manure. 


Y O H K 5 H T R E. 3S9 

During the fiimmer months, at leifare 
times, and embracing opportunities of hack- 
carriage, cover the bottom of the b.ifon, a 
foot cr more thick, with mold, — fuch as the 
fcowerings of ditches, the fhovehngs of roads, 
the maiden earth of lanes and wafte corners, 
the coping of ftone quarries, or the foil of 
fallow ground, — leaving the farface difliing ; 
and, within the difh, fet the dung pile: 
equally preventing the admiilion of extrane- 
ous water into the refervoir, and the efcape 
#f that which falls within its area. 



MARKETS. Cattle and Sheep are 
mollly fold in the market tov/ns of the 
Vale. Whitby and Scarborough take 
the fjrplus of fuch as are fit for the butcher; 
and thofe which are lean. Tire bought ud bv 
the south-country Covers. Malton 
is the principal market for h'^rfrs^ rcr,?, butter^ 

Vol, I. Eb and 


and bacon, OatSy crrdinary butter, and baccm^ 
find a market in the manufa<fluring Diftrid: 
of West Yorkshire : prime butter, ana 
fbme bacon, travel, by way of Hull, to the 
Metropolis. Horfes are divided betweca 
the LoxNDON and foreign Markets. 

PAPER MONEY. An evil, which has 
been long growing in the markets of this 
kingdom, has here got to a height that en- 
titles it to notice. 

Gold can no longer be coniidered as the 
medium of property. Let a man fell hi* 
whole flock, at market, and it were mere 
chance, if he brouorht home with him more 
than a few guineas. The bulk of the value rc-» 
ceived is invariably paper : — not bank notes, 
— but paper of nb ether value, than that 
which is given it by the engraver, and the 
name, perhaps,- of fome fliopkeeper, or other 
petty banker, wholly unknown to the far- 
mer ; who, probably, is entirely ignorant, as 
to whether the name, or names, be real or nc- 

One accident has already happened, in this 
neighbourhood ; and it is matter of aftoniih- 
ment, that more do not follow : a circum- 
ftance, which can only be accounted for, by 


Y Q R K S H I R ?:. 371 

the proJtfSy which this fpecips of coinage 
affords *. 

An arch cobler of Ncwcallle upon Tync 
has piade a fortune, by coining penny an^i 
twopenny notes -f-, which are highly embel- 
lifhed, and rendered valuable, by a long lift 
pf refpediable names ; his friend Crijfin at 
the head of them. They are alfo payable 
in London, at a houfe of names ^ equally ref«. 
pe6table and refponfibie : the £neft burlefquc 
upon modern banking, which can polTibly 
be conceived. The fellow is faid to hava 
pocketed, already, a thoufand pounds by Ui€ 

The <:onvemcncy of paper money fev/ men 
will deny \ efpecially, now, wht^^n the weigh- 
ing of gold is become, in fome degree, ne- 
celTary : a bufinefs which is extremely 
aukward, in a jnarket. Ail the yi7r;;?^rwants. 

On the cthtT hand, the profit ablencfs of 
paper money, to thofe who coin it, is ftill 
B b 2 lefs 

* Not cnly by the intereft of the Amount of bills in 
circulation ; but by dfi'ti' notes ; that i«, bills loft and dc* 
f^roypd by accident; the amount of which is clear gain. 

f Circulated among the coliier?, kechr.ea, and lailors ; 
every one beir^ proi^d to ha\T a " bank note*' in his 


Jeis dilput;ible. £ut why ihail indniduals bo 
fun^ered to barren on the public, by the pro» 
fits of COINAGE ? Why ihall cnc rran ba 
dragged to the gallows, for coining a fe^ 
ihilUngs, while others are luneped to amafs 
fortunes* by coining five and <en pound 
pieces r If pcpcr money be political, the 
ii'ATiON, nvt i/iuiziduals, ought to have the 
pronts ariiing froi;i it. 

. But the inlegufity of paper cncney, and 
the crime gf qpming it, fgrm only part of the 
evil, which is here meant to be held up to 
yie\^. I pretend not to the profound in po- 
litical arithmetic j but 1 have alwaj-s under - 
ilood, that tiie prices of commodities, at mar- 
ket, bear a proportica to the quantity of 
money, m circulation. If this be m truth the 
cafe, the evil, here fpoken of, has the moll 
p-rniciou«^ tendency. 

In \h€ prcfcnt Jiate of Europe, this country 

. can preferve its pre-emiiiince, as a nation, by 

maiiufacjures and commerce, alone. The 

j demand for the mar.ufa6iires of a given 

I country will ever bear a proportion to their 

I ccmparatirje price. The price of manufadhires 

depends upon thcf^ of materials and labor ; 

and this on the p r i c e of n.v i n g . If by a, 

3c'.v of caih u: circuktion (no matter whe- 



ther of gold, filver, copper, or paper) the 
prices of living, labor, and materials be fuf- 
fered to advance, the demand for manufac- 
tures w^ill of courfe decline, and with it the 
profperity of the nation. 

I wifh not to intermeddle, officioufly, m 
concerns of Government ; but the fubjedt, 
under notice, feems to be fufficiently con- 
nected with RURAL ECONOMICS, to Warrant 
its being mentioned, in this place. 

1796. Thefe private coinages, fince 
they were here firfl: held up to public notice, 
have engaged the attention of Goveirnment. 
To fupprefs or check them ? No. To give 
them countenance, and literally to ftamp 
their baleful eifufions with public avowal. 




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