F.M.L. Thompson: Alternative agriculture, 5 March 1998
Show More Alternative Agriculture: A History from the Black Death to the Present Day by Joan Thirsk.
Oxford, 365 pp., £25, October 1997, 0 19 820662 3Show More
“... Woad, used by Queen Boadicea’s warriors as war paint, is making a comeback on the Fens of East Anglia,’ runs a recent press report. Perhaps the reporter had already read Joan Thirsk’s new book, since he refers to the closure of the last woad factory in the region, at Parson Drove near Wisbech, ‘80 years ago’, which is a fair rendering of the 1914 demolition date given by Thirsk (who puts Parson Drove in Lincolnshire, although it and the farm, called Woad Mill Farm, are in Cambridgeshire ...”