> St. John says
> I spent a holiday near Cherbourg a few years ago and one of the local
> horticultural fields was ridge and furrow with "logos" at the end of each
I am a regular visitor to the Manche department of France, (Cherbourg, the
Cotentin penninsula and the area south of that). There is extensive evidence
of ridge and furrow in the fields throughout that area.
If you visit the main museum at Caen there is an extensive display devoted
to the changes in agriculture in that area of France. It seems to have moved
from ridge and furrow to the present pattern of small fields contained
within earth banks in the 19th century as the improvement of roads and the
introduction of rail made Normandy a prime source of perishable agricultural
products for Paris and its environs. Climate and soil made it ideal for
dairy farming and this is what the area still specialises in.
The museum being typically French had no books articles or any printed
material about this display. However I have not visited the museum for a
couple of years so all may have changed.