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THREAD. The East Anglian #fen basin was one of the richest and most populous areas of #medieval England... this thread explores how local communities managed the #landscape that produced the wealth that built huge parish churches - like this one at Terrington St Clement
2. There were more people making enough in the early 14thC to be liable for tax than almost anywhere else in England, and the average community was among the wealthiest n the country. So where did their money come from?
3. Their money came from the dairy cattle that grazed the fen wetland in huge common herds. Almost every household had 4 or 5 cattle &, even if it had little or no arable land, was often wealthier than an upland farmer with 30 acres of arable. How did they achieve this?
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