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Talgarth and district
"Cole Brook common field"
  The enclosure of the common field  

The map below is a section of a map made at a scale of 6 inches to 1 mile in 1887.
You can see straight away that at some time between 1839 and 1887 the Cole Brook common field has been enclosed.
(Notice that it is now called Coldbrook on this map).

Compare with map of the area in 1839
  You can see that the rows of narrow strips have now been amalgamated or put together into larger fields, although some of the shapes are recognisable from the earlier map.
By the Dewsbury Gate you can still see the narrow strip of orchard which was marked as belonging to William Price in 1839.

These new large fields could be made more productive but the poorer families who were able to graze before no longer have access.

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