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From John Davies
I am interested in "vaccary walling" which was used to retain oxen in medieval times. There is a nice example on the hillside above Edenfield, on Scout Moor, near Lowes Farm.
Whilst walking up to look at it, I noticed some "stone flag fencing" on the side of the path by the mill ruins at the Plunge in Dearden Clough.
Later in my walk I saw some really extensive stone flag fencing at Plunge Farm.
This fencing looks like vaccary walling, but I imagine that it is from a very different era, possibly the Industrial Revolution.
A solitary vertical flag beside the path just below New Hall, that looks like the remnant of a wall or fence.
Does anyone know anything about these examples of walls and fences? They seem quite common around Rossendale perhaps due to the local flaggy rock.