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Verges & Slip-fields


The animals had to eat continuously as they moved, so drovers chose wide roads wherever possible (60-90 feet) to allow them plenty of grass.  (The Enclosure Acts specified the width according to predicted traffic.)


Occasionally the stretch is hedged off from the road - an overnight pound or stance which the drover might have to pay to use (#3) if he failed to find an inn. If the field was too big for one herd, I imagine wattle fencing would have been used to divide it into more manageable chunks.


These 'slip-fields' are called, variously: sling, slang, slinget, slinket, all meaning a long winding field. The 'slinket' in #4 is on Radbourne Lane near Ladbroke in Warwickshire1; #5 shows a vast one above Bourton-on-the-Hill in Glos. on the much-used route from Tewkesbury & Wales.


1 The map of 1830 shows how Radbourne Lane joins up with the Welsh Road at Priors Hardwick to the east.  So there would have been plenty of traffic.

 
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Outside Aston-le-Walls
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Helmdon Verge
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Outside Pattishall
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The Slinget, Ladbroke
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Bourton Slinget