Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Holy Sheep

This headline was too good not to blog it: "Wharram Percy: The Town the Sheep Devoured".

There's a town in England which was abandoned around the 15th century, and current research is finding that it was because of the sheep: "By the 15th century, sheep farming had become far more profitable than arable farming, so the lord of the manor turned more of his land into pasture land, leaving less for the farming of crops. This in turn led to less work and less food for the villagers of Wharram Percy, so that they were forced to leave the village to find work and food elsewhere."

So unfortunately, the story isn't as good as the headline, but it's still an interesting look into history.

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