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A brief landscape history
The landscape around Bythorn and Molesworth contains traces of a history that tells us what the area was like 1000 and, in some places, even 2000 years ago.
name Molesworth indicates a settlement that was in place at least as long ago
as Anglo Saxon times. The Worth element equates to wyrth, a
defended settlement and the Mole element probably represents the name of the
owner. Bythorn is more enigmatic, appearing as “Bierne” in Domesday
Book and “Bitherne” in later charters. The most likely origin of the name
is by-aern, meaning "dwelling place" and referring to a
stopping place on the drove road. The Anglo Saxon word aern is
often used of buildings where goods were processed, eg Bruerne (brew
house), but can also refer to hill forts and other enclosures and this seems
the most likely derivation in this case and is likely to be a translation from
an earlier form2.
This route is part of a larger network of drove roads that has been traced as far as Stamford by W G Hoskins in his book Fieldwork in Local History. Parts of this network appear on what is known as the Gough Map of 1360, so it was clearly well-established by then.
name Warren Lane reminds us that Titchmarsh Warren was sited just north of
Bythorn. Rabbits are not originally native to Britain and were
introduced by the Romans who corralled them in warrens and harvested their meat
and fur. Up to mediaeval times and probably later, this management
provided an accessible and reliable source of meat when other types of food
were at risk from weather and disease. Once again, we are looking
at a snapshot of a landscape that is a minimum of 800 years old.
1 For more on this, see Trevor Rowley: Villages in the Landscape, London 1978.
2 This is covered in more detail in Margaret Gelling: Signposts to The Past, London, 1979.
Visual and other amenities
Effect on local roads
Subsidies for Wind Farm Developers
Noise & other health issues
Wildlife & Ecology
House Prices / Saleability
What happens next?
22 July 2019
Radio / TV
The BBC website contains a number of video clips from features related to wind farms - click here
BBC Radio 4 - Costing the Earth - 30th
For an interesting TV broadcast on the effects of wind turbines on local residents - especially the noise - see the LBV Television programme available on the Wadlow Windfarm website. [This is a large file. It may take a very long time to open - but is well worth listening to].
Web Pages / Articles
"Wind farms alone won't solve our problems" - CPRE
RSPB policy on wind farms
RICS commissioned report: What is the impact of wind farms on house prices?
in Denmark - Dr V C Mason (Sept 2007)
Perception and annoyance due to wind turbine noise - E Pedersena and K Persson Waye - J. Acoust. Soc. Am., Vol. 116, No. 6, December 2004 (PDF file)