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From: "JFHH" <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Hurdle & Hurdlemaking
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2009 12:39:27 -0000
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bob Neil" <>
> Thank you everyone. Sorry to use a generic email (there were about 10
> replies to my query and I didn't want to miss anyone) who explained the
> hurdlemaker process to me. I knew it was a fence of some sort but not
> exactly what it was for. I suppose back in the mid 1800s they would have
> likely been sheep folds. I now understand why my gg grandfather rented 6
> woods just outside of West Bergholt, Essex. He would use the woods as a
> supply to make hurdles..
> > I have never seen this type of fencing used in Canada, lots of split
> rail fences and fences made with boulders & stones back in the old days,
> but not hurdles. Maybe they were used but were before my time.
> > -- > Bob> ===> Robert Neil> Chatham-Kent, ON
And, of course, the other use for hurdles [tho' I suspect rather before the time of your ancestor]
was for condemned traitors, who were tied to a hurdle which was then dragged behind a horse to the
place of execution.