nutty hedgerows

Category: Things | Type: Historical | Title: Silas Marner (in Context) | Author: George Eliot | Vol: PART ONE | Ch: CHAPTER I

Hedges took the place of fences and stone walls. Hedgers were skilled workers and weavers of a sort. They formed living barriers from blackthorn, willow, holly, hawthorn, beech, oak, willow, and hazel, which is likely that here. Hedgers were in demand owing to the Enclosure Acts (ReSearch) of the later 18th and early 19th centuries. 

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