Dales Barns #2 by Trevor Kersley

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One of the many old stone barns in the Yorkshire Dales
The defining characteristic of the Yorkshire Dales for many, is the intricate pattern of stone walls and field barns that leave no part of the valley floors and sides untouched. These are the legacy of upland hill farming which has formed a unique historic landscape. The barns were built in haymeadows, to house the annual crop. Cattle were then kept in the byre end of the barns over the winter months and fed on the hay, their manure being used to fertilise the hay-meadow to ensure a good crop the next year. And so the cycle continued year after year. This proved a more efficient way of farming than centralising it at the farmstead. A farm may have had up to ten barns in the fields and many farmers can still remember having to go to each twice daily to water the cows. The majority of the field barns were built between 1750 and 1850, although they continued to be built through the first decades of this century. A con- servative guess of the number of field barns in the Yorkshire Dales must exceed 6,000. At their densest there are over 100 per square kilometre, or one every 100 metres.

* Featured in “A Little Bit Country!” 22 Jan 2011*

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  • Visual   Inspirations
    Visual Inspi...over 6 years ago

    WOW!! I love this one Trevor~ beautiful field of grass. I bet that is one old structure! ;-)

  • Thanks Rhonda, there are many of these old barns in the Yorks Dales, the Hill farmers used them to keep their cattle & sheep in the winter months.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • pixie3
    pixie3over 6 years ago

    Now there is a classic!! I love these old stone buildings, great shot with the stone wall as well!

  • Thank you Pixie for your comments also for looking.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • digitalmidge
    digitalmidgeover 6 years ago

    Hi Trev, love the Yorkshire Dales although its been years since I was there..;-)

  • Thanks for your comments… I also love the Dales .. but would rather have the Moors.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Patricia Gibson
    Patricia Gibsonover 6 years ago

    Amazing colour and beautiful scenery!!!

  • Thanks for the comment

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Evita
    Evitaover 5 years ago

    Excellent capture !! :D

  • thank you very much Evita.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 5 years ago

  • Thanks very much Ruth.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Evita
    Evitaover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature !!!! :D

  • Thank you very much Evita.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Jessica Snyder
    Jessica Snyderover 4 years ago

  • many thanks for the feature Jessica.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 4 years ago

    Awesome feature image,..Love the info,..

  • thank you very much John also for the fave

    – Trevor Kersley

  • mscornwall
    mscornwallover 4 years ago

    beautiful :) xxx

  • many thanks Denise

    – Trevor Kersley

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