Most of his
talk, though, focused on the last 200 years. Records showed that
Anglezarke’s population exceeded 200 in mid 19th century. The
last census showed it was now around 30.
Mining to extract stone for grindstones, a Black Coppice
speciality, is evidenced by bills of laden. Aerial photographs
evidenced areas that grew crops, such as turnips and oats, on
the moors, mainly for feed for horses.
More modern evidence of man’s activity was trenches that were
dug in straight lines. These were dug by unemployed men in the
1930’s with the aim of increasing the flow of water off the
moors. His research revealed, however, that a slower water flow
caused less sediment than a faster flow.
Dr Isaac and a de-commissioned Lee