Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Agriculture in Porthkeres

Cattle by The Hurlers

Apart from the railway and the small port that handles some trade (and probably some of it contraband) as well as fishing, Porthkeres, relies mostly on agriculture.

Cornwall Council tell us: "By the late 19th century Cornish farms had a very high proportion of cattle in comparison with England and Wales, and relatively more pigs and sheep per acre. Farms remained mainly small, however [and even one hundred years on they are mostly less than 100 acres]. By this time, too, the market garden industry had begun to develop, especially in west Cornwall. Crops of spring cabbages, onions, carrots, lettuce, and early potatoes all benefited from the coming of the railways."

We plan to model a few cattle being driven back after milking and some going off to market. We also have (in the imagination) sheep on the hillsides, pigs in the farmyard, harvest in the grain fields and plentiful vegetable crops in the market garden.

The Hurlers The Hurlers are a group of three stone circles on Bodmin Moor just to the north of the village of Minions. They are a Bronze Age Ancient Monument dating from 1500BC at the latest (possibly as old as 2000BC).

Image: © Copyright Robin Drayton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

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