Thornymoor Woods


There are poaching songs a-plenty in English folk tradition, and little wonder that the common people generally considered poaching acceptable since their land, and even entire villages, were taken away from them during the long period of enclosures. The ‘upper classes’ were able to pay Parliament for a bill to be passed which made the land theirs, along with rights of way. When the homes and fields of the poor disappeared to further enrich the wealthy, so did their livelihoods.

Of course, all this was a long time ago and I suppose most people today will neither know nor care about the matter. For them the poacher was and is a thief. Many grand houses and huge gardens, prohibitively expensive to maintain, have been handed over in modern times in lieu of taxes and death duties, and are now available for us all to visit. At a price, naturally.

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