The Foxearth and District Local History Society

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Foxearth from the air


An arial picture of Foxearth
taken from the east this year

It was a great pleasure to receive some recent photographs of Foxearth, taken from the air by Mark Mathieson who lives in the parish. We've now added these to the Foxearth picture collection. It is remarkably useful to have these photos on the site, as it makes it much easier to track the changes to the buildings in the village


Foxearth today from the air,
taken from the north, looking
down on the church and rectory

Elsewhere on the site we have the detail from the 1776 Chapman and Andre map of Foxearth and it is fascinating to see how much change in the location of buildings there has been, even though the village has not suffered the explosive growth of others such as Glemsford or Cavendish.


Foxearth as it is today, from the
South East showing Pentlow and
Cavendish in the distance

For me, the photograph showing the Stour Valley in the distance over the patchwork of fields, and the far glimpse of Cavendish is perhaps my favourite one. Sadly, just too late to make into a christmas card! It was this alignment that Ted Babbs announced in his book on Borley Rectory to be a ley line, but in fact there are no close alignments that need explaining. The track between Rodbridge and Cavendish is very ancient, certainly bronze-age, but it has always chosen the winding route that alternates flat and slope to ease the passage of carts, and utilise the occasional seam of gravel. We have a 'celtic' road system frozen in time by the complexity of property rights.

You can click on the pictures to get a more detailed version


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