You’re probably aware that the remaining Ings meadows along the River Ouse are an important part of York’s natural environment. But these grasslands can also tell us fascinating stories about how local people used the resources around them. Perhaps harvested for hay since Roman times, the Ings were features of the Anglo-Saxon landscape and highly-valued throughout the medieval period. Such was the value of these meadows that elaborate customs developed to ensure their equitable and sustainable management. Clifton Ings has a particularly rich history: as well as its agricultural heritage, it played a role in the foundation of St Mary’s Abbey, the Civil War siege of York and the establishment of York Races.
Martin Hammond, author of the recently published “Deep Meadows and Transparent Floods – The Story of the Ouse Ings” will be leading a walk looking at the landscape and social history of Clifton Ings and Rawcliffe Meadows on Tuesday 20th June, starting at 6.30 PM. This is a free event, though a small contribution to Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows is always welcome! The walk will be approximately 3.5 km (2.25 miles), starting at the northern end of Rawcliffe Meadows, meeting at the interpretation board at the end of the track though the Allotments on Shipton Road, York.
There may be a small number of copies of his book for sale, if they haven’t sold out!