Vaccary walling at Norland

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Cattle Ranching in the South Pennines!

A locally well-known stretch of walling has recently been brought to the attention of English Heritage by South Pennines Archaeological Network who have extensively recorded the stretch of walling. It is thought to represent possibly the best example of vaccary walling in England.

A vaccary wall is an enclosure for folding livestock, and is associated with a vaccary; a Medieval cattle farm. They were often associated with monastic landowners, but also used by lay farmers. The example from Norland is formed of 173 orthostats (upright slabs) under a metre in height and runs for approximately 100m. Similar examples can be found at Trawden Forest and Wycoller in Lancashire.