Not to be confused with 'hay' as in Adam's Hay which in Devonshire refers to
a pale, or hedge, or fence around a deer park.
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From: "John Wood" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2005 3:18 PM
Subject: Re: Hay Meadows
>I would expect this is the sort of question you would pose to Butser
> Farm and no doubt the late Peter Reynolds would have provided a good
> I would imagine myself that managed meadows have been around a long time
> along with managed woodland perhaps well into British prehistory.
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> From: "Andy Horton" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2005 2:56 PM
> Subject: Hay Meadows
>> Question for the farming experts and linguists?
>> What is the modern opinion of when hay meadows were introduced into
>> Is there an old Latin word for meadow as distinct from pasture?
>> And is the hay meadow important in historic terms for Britain? How soon
>> after the cessation of nomadic travelling would a meadow be part of the
>> farming practice? Or how would the animals be kept fed through the
>> I know I should look this up, but it came as incidental to estimating the
>> population of post-Roman Britain. Any reference sources appreciated,
>> at first and accessible ones if possible.
>> My inclination is to suspect that the Roman miliary machine would require
>> surplus crops to feed to their cavalry horses and domestic livestock. I
>> think there are records in Sussex of Elm being used as fodder in saxon
>> It could be said that the hay meadow was important? I am not so sure that
>> some variation was not always present and its importance may have been
>> exaggerated? Or that the old cattle were hardy beasts that would stay
>> all night on the downs and would eat woody plants as well?
>> How much wergeld was a prize bull?
>> Andy Horton (Sussex)