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Up Horn, down Corn

F.M.L. Thompson: Alternative agriculture, 5 March 1998

Alternative Agriculture: A History from the Black Death to the Present Day 
by Joan Thirsk.
Oxford, 365 pp., £25, October 1997, 0 19 820662 3
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... 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 ...

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