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The English 'Open Field' System

Nature volume 142, page 646 (08 October 1938) | Download Citation



THE layout of the countryside of England as we see it to-day is a very recent development ; even the strict four-course rotation that in many places preceded it, and which is often regarded as the real old English system of farming, lasted but little more than a century. The system that had the long life in England was the one associated with the open fields. It comprised two distinct features: sub-division of the land among those entitled to share in it ; and a rotation which usually consisted of winter corn: spring corn: fallow: it is thus described by Tusser in 1573:

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