Monday, 1 December 2014

More Straitgate history comes to light

We know that Straitgate has been farmed for thousands of years - in Neolithic, Iron Age and Roman times. Now more history has come to light, in the form of a number of legal documents from the 16th and 17th century; one contains an extensive list of covenants relating to Straitgate Farm - known around the time as StreateyateStreatyeate or Streatyeat.

The documents, dating from before the English Civil War, add yet more 'historical colour' to what is at stake, and what stands to be lost. They paint a picture of a Devon farm almost 400 years ago, of the farmland that Aggregate Industries - with the help its Swiss paymasters and your county council - is now plotting to destroy for good.

We hope to post transcripts in due course.