1 EAGLETON NOTES: The Farming of Fences - Revisited

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Saturday, 21 July 2012

The Farming of Fences - Revisited

In October 2009 I posted on crofting being called 'the farming of fences'.  CJ and I went over to the West Side (of Lewis) yesterday.  In Ness I suddenly saw another photogenic reminder of the phenomena:


4 comments:

  1. Very strange behaviour.......That's crofting for us.

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  2. That's very interesting, and somewhat strange indeed, but now I'm more curious...so I'm off to learn more about this crofting......very interesting stuff.

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  3. I remember crofting from your previous posts and photos. I still find it hard to quite grasp the idea but I think we had a roughly similar system in Sweden until 1827. Then there was a reform to redistribute and shift land between farmers, a process which went on for about a hundred years. It does look curious with all those fences - but they make a very interesting photo!

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  4. See ! The Integrated Development Programme was not a complete waste of money. All those fences were required to keep the stock separate. Except the entire stock in Ness - all 6 sheep - are shown in the photograph and they're all in one field, when they could have a field each. That's crofting for you. And as we know, there are no people in the photograph because they're all on their little salmon farms at the bottom of their crofts.

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