Was trough in wool trade

There is documentary evidence to show that the land between Lime Tree Farm (now the Londis store) and the A615 formed part of the Bowne family’s larger Lime Tree/Hurst Farm holdings.

Estate deeds and field names indicate that at least from the 17th century onwards this area was used – together with buildings now gone – in connection with their wool trade activities, namely, for shearing, calendaring, dyeing, stretching, fulling, drying etc.

It would seem more than likely that the exceptionally large stone trough was needed as part of this production line.

John Humpston