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Thread #131243   Message #4117060
Posted By: GUEST
19-Aug-21 - 05:43 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Brigg Fair
Subject: RE: Origins: Brigg Fair
Hi Nick, you have piqued my interest on this search!
1851 in the Yorkshire wolds would put this at the start of the heyday of victorian high farming.The transition from sheepwalks to intensive arable production had been largely completed between 1842 and 1853( the wolds around Binbrook are chalk surface water is likely nonexistant much of the year, the permeability allows it to seep underground rapidly(This creates blow wells in Barton and around the source of the Barrow Haven Feeder) In sheep country the solution would be the creation of dewponds by puddling clay with straw.
To the north of Binbrook is an old RAF base indicating the land is flat. To the south east one of the roads is labelled a hill,indicating high ground,, as is the land to the south. The map referenced in a previous post indicates a pit/quarry to the south of the village. The satellite photos show no dewponds and no quarries. There is patterning in the soil to indicate the removal of some field boundaries. It has to be bourne in mind though that dewponds in an arable area are largely obsolete and modern machinery can totally transform a landscape in hours. Any quarry would likely have been infilled to aid large modern machinery and this is prime agricultural land, the satellite photos show very little that is not farmed. The odd patches of woodland are largely left because to get modern machines in wedge shaped corners is simply not worth the aggro.
The map of 1886 is largely the same as today - a few field boundaries removed and a track running sw ploughed over, although satellite imagery clearly shows the route.
Brigg is 18.5 miles away by road.
My thoughts are that to camp outside Binbrook for the fair at Brigg is quite a slog, but not impossible. The time period being considered was one of striking agricultural change that transformed many landscapes.
I cannot find evidence of dewponds anywhere but although sheep require little water, they cannot meet their needs entirely from grazing, especially during a drought.Cattle raising was also important. Therefore water sources must have existed at some point. The village of Binbrook obviously had a water supply and chalk streams exist - I just cannot make them out in this area.They could have been piped years ago or simply may not exist in this area and the village may have relied on a spring.
It does not take you much further forward I am afraid. If I was going to have a stab at a location I would go for one of the patches of woodland. Another source of info

Finally when I used to attend auctions in Brigg each Thursday there were at least two gypsy families always in attendance and others frequently camped on the auction site. I have not been there for a few years, but if still around they may have a longstanding connection with the area and provide a source of info.