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Good Morning Everyone,

Please open the photograph in large format Medieval Walls . The effects of the sunlight and the shadows can be seen so much better.

I wonder if you have heard the term 'vaccary' or understand what it means.

My photograph shows part of a vaccary wall which is located in Wycoller.

A vaccary was a small cattle farm. The fields, for the cows, were separated by these large, irregular, upright slabs of stone, with their lower sections sunk deep into the ground. They are thought to originate in the 13th century.

The term 'vaccary' comes from the mediaeval Latin "vaccaria" with 'vacca' meaning cow. Thus, this was a place where cows were kept.

There are several examples of Vaccary walls around Wycoller, though, as my photograph shows, the upright slabs are not all quite upright, now!

I will add further photographs of the vaccary walls as workshops here and here .

I hope you have found this interesting, Bev :-)

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