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Peter Savill, Christopher Perrins, Keith Kirby, and Nigel Fisher

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199605187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199605187.001.0001

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Woods ancient and modern—land use history

Woods ancient and modern—land use history

(p.29) 3 Woods ancient and modern—land use history
Wytham Woods

C.W.D. Gibson

K.J. Kirby

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This chapter considers the area's developments throughout the centuries. It first describes the area's landscape throughout the medieval period up to the late eighteenth century. It emphasizes on three resources that shaped the landscape in terms of ecology and economy: coppice and pollards, field and furrow, and stone. It then highlights the changes made during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries which saw a massive programme of restructuring and new planting methods under Montagu Bertie, the 5th Earl of Abingdon. It also explores changes made during the transition of ownership to the ffennell's where it was made into a research estate.

Keywords:   Wytham Woods, coppice, pollards, grazing, Montagu Bertie, Earl of Abingdon, ffennell, research estate

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