General View of the Agriculture of the County of Huntingdon
Phillips, 1811 - 351 pagina's
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Pagina 321 - All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
Pagina 175 - ... a century and a half ago ; and ingenious men employed themselves, not in obtaining an outfal, as they ought to have done, but in constructing large drains and high banks within the boundaries of the fens, expecting the water would force its own passage, in spite of every impediment, though the distance between the fen and the sea, was from 10 to 15 and 20 miles.
Pagina 100 - The fen men are the most expert of any in the world at ploughing, t no such thing as a driver being known, although they frequently plough with three mares, which are always abreast, and guided with a line ; and it is incredible how fast the business proceeds. — A fen ploughman has been known to win a considerable wager, by ploughing an acre of high land without a single balk, keeping his mares always in a trot even at the land's ends, those being the two conditions of the bet. The common rate...
Pagina 304 - In like humour, William of Malmesbury, writing in the first half of the twelfth century, speaks of Thorney Abbey and isle. 'It represents,' he says, 'a very Paradise, for that in pleasure and delight it resembles heaven itself. These marshes abound in trees, whose length without a knot doth emulate the stars. The plain there is as level as the sea, which with green grass allures the eye, and so smooth that there is nought to hinder him who runs through it.
Pagina 175 - ... with the weight of its pressure : even to this moment, instead of resorting to the outfal, the engines have been increased in size, and the banks raised still higher, so that the water, which, if there had been an outfal, would have found its way to the sea, and if left to itself, would have rested on the lowest of the land, has been forced in a retrograde motion, over the surface of the higher lands; and hence the deplorable state of the fens in Huntingdonshire."* The mode of management of the...
Pagina 21 - The drainage of the meres would also be of more service to the health of the inhabitants of this rich fertile soil, than any other measure that can possibly be adopted, for in their present state at some seasons, the meres are awful reservoirs of stagnated water, which poisons the circumambient air for many miles round about, and sickens and frequently destroys many of the inhabitants, especially such as are not natives.
Pagina 231 - This iiini (In p is remarkable for having firft made the beft cheefe perhaps in the world, commonly known by the name of Stilton cheefe, from its having been originally bought up, and made known, by Cooper Thornhill, the landlord of the Bell inn at Stilton. It began to be made here by Mrs, Orton...
Pagina 175 - Still it did not find its way to the sea, but overtopped the banks, or broke them dowu with the weight of its pressure : even to this moment, instead of resorting to the outfal, the engines have been increased in size, and the banks raised still higher, so that the water, which, if there had been an outfal, would have found its way to the sea, and if left to itself, would have rested...
Pagina 232 - Orton's close ; but this was afterwards found to be an error. In 1756 it was made only by three persons, and that in small quantities, but it is now made not only from one, but from almost every close in this parish, and in many of the neighbouring ones. It is well known that this sort of cheese is made in the shape and of the size of a collar of brawn.
Pagina 232 - It is extremely rich, becaufe they mix among the new milk as much cream as it will bear. It requires much care and attendance ; and, being in great requeft, it fetches lod. a pound on the fpot, and is. in the London market.