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Field Names

Crops or Livestock

Carrot Hill appears only on the latest map and must have been named in the later part of the 20th century.

Sheep Cut Piece. ‘Cut’ is a name often found in Oxfordshire. Its probable equivalent is ‘lot’, referring to land redistributed at the time of the enclosure. It is called ‘Sheep cat piece’ in 2008. A small flock of sheep is kept in Elsfield now but arable farming is more financially viable than sheep farming. The 19th century censuses list the occupation of shepherd, sometimes more than one, who often lived at the cottages near Sheep Cat Piece in Lower Swarth. Sheep farming was an important part of the agricultural economy in Elsfield in the first half of the 20th century, with Oxfordshire Downs sheep being bred.

Green pastures. Pasture is or was grazing land for animals. It features in the 1703 map and is still extant in 2008. There is a biblical reference here: Psalm 23 ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside the still waters.’

Buildings

Tin shed. This is a modern name for part of a field named Horse Copps in 1703.


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