General View of the Agriculture of the County of Surrey

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Phillips, 1809 - 616 ページ
 

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18 ページ - ... to have a dry, and rather cold atmosphere. The spring is in general early, and here vegetation is not so often checked by frosty mornings, and cold, raw, easterly winds, as in some of the more southern counties. The summers are commonly dry and warm, and the harvest early, generally commencing in the first ten days of August ; and from the steadiness of the weather at that important time, there is seldom any corn out in the fields after the first week of September. The wind blows most steadily...
407 ページ - France, and had hardly a mess of rath-ripe pease but from Holland, which were dainties for ladies ; they came so far, and cost so dear.
67 ページ - Stream suffers no Diminution. But in times of Drought, the Water within these Caverns being gradually absorbed, that of the River is drawn off into them ; and in proportion to the degree of Drought, the Stream is diminished. In very dry seasons the Current is, in certain places...
512 ページ - These houses are divided longitudinally into separate stalls for each beast.... The oxen are placed in two rows standing with their heads opposite each other, and in the middle between the two rows is a passage 6 ft. wide the whole length, and one at each end of the same width, where the cattle go in and out. Latterly they have introduced an open wooden trellis...
49 ページ - ... to the southern edge of the hill, whence the whole extent of the Weald, clothed with wood, appears to the south, with an occasional peep of the sea through the breaks of the Sussex Downs, which form the back-ground : on the...
523 ページ - Surrey was much celebrated for the number and excellence of the houselambs, which were sent from different parts of it to the London market ; but latterly, not nearly so many are reared, and the practice will probably remove gradually, first to the more remote parts of the county, and ultimately to counties more distant from the metropolis. There are, however, still some farmers who rear a considerable number of houselambs, about Ewel, Esher, Walton, &c. ; though from the increase in the price of...
67 ページ - The truth of the matter seems, however, to be this : The soil, as well under the bed of the river, as beneath the surface on each side, being of a spongy and porous texture, and having by degrees become formed into caverns of different dimensions, admits the water of the river through certain passages in the banks and bottom.
50 ページ - ... inferior quality, north of them, near Sutton and Croydon. There are two kinds, the blue and yellow, which are used for different purposes ; the latter being chiefly employed in fulling the finer cloths of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, and the former sent into Yorkshire for the coarser manufactures. It is not known how long this earth has been dug in Surrey ; the oldest pit now wrought is said to have lasted near a century, but is fast wearing out. It is thought that the demand for the fullers...

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