Date(s) - 11/10/2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Truro Baptist Church
Commons and Transhumance in Cornwall
The removal of livestock from farmland to marginal grazing land (uplands, cliffs, marshes and towans) was crucial in creating the Cornwall of today. Transhumance made use of seasonally available resources and allowed hay to be grown and saved and crops to be securely harvested from the home fields. From the Bronze Age to the end of the early medieval period, it underpinned the use and disposition of farmland, the patterns of fields, the lines of lanes, the extents and administration of commons and thus the ways that Cornish people worked together, sharing risks and establishing cooperative and communal ways of being and ways of doing things that help explain how we get on with each other so well to this day.