Fifteen accounts over the period specify what crops were sown on
particular fields. This is not enough to demonstrate a particular
rotation technique, though clearly some sort of alternation was
practised in the larger fields, while some of the marginal pieces seem
only to have been laid under oats. Looking at a cropping table over the
available years, the most striking fact is the way in which the larger
fields were themselves divided among different crops in any one year,
and also were liable to have only a small proportion of their area
cropped in any particular year. East Field was the most continuously and
fully cropped one. In 1284 we are told it contained about 84 acres. From
1315 to 1440 it can be seen at intervals, now wholly under wheat, or
wheat and winter barley, now under spring barley,
1 Where two figures are
given under barley, the first signifies winter, the second spring,
barley. Note decline of winter barley cultivation.
2 Calculated this year from amounts of seed sown
(Add MS 29,794).
3 Total acreage of years where crops are
not specified is known through~ the account for the subsequent year.
4 All destroyed by flood.