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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 73 - 1959  pages 120
Late-Continued Demesne Farming at Otford. By F. R. H. Du Boulay, M.A., F.R.Hist.S. Continued

Household in London or north-west Kent than for any other ostensible reason.


   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.

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