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From: Steve Taylor <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] RODS & DITCHES?
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 15:49:24 +0000
4. hist. (as a measure) perch or square perch (see *perch)
3. hist. measure of length, esp. for land, of 51/2 yards.
Both from Pocket Oxford Dictionary
Well it could well be the same as it is now.
If the farmers do not keep the ditches clear then the fields get flooded
with run off, or in extreme cases the houses near where I live get
flooded due to blocked ditches.
You can't work waterlogged land - well not easily.
Hope that helps
RICHARD HUTLEY wrote:
>can anyone kindly explain the following
>1) What length is a Rod
>2) What requirement was there is the 1600's & 1700's for farmers to cleanse the ditches around their land.
>Reason is an upteenth Gt Grandfather of mine was dealt iwth for not cleansing a ditch full of sand and filth within 14 Rods of anothers land.