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Landscape with Lambs, Castleton, 2001
John A Thickitt
Thickitt, John A
1st May 2001
About this image
Photograph was taken during the outbreak of foot and mouth in 2001. The view is looking south towards Long Cliff, from the Winnats Road, east of Speedwell Cavern. Normally this image would record a popular springtime scene. In this case, the date draws a sharp contrast with the carnage further away in northern England where an outbreak of foot and mouth disease was affecting some hill sheep. Although the Peak District footpaths were closed, the car park in Castleton Village suggested visits to this tourist centre continued. Note the strand of barbed wire along the top of the wall. Known as 'top-wiring', its function was to discourage sheep from attempting to jump outside the field. For this reason it was often found along an ownership boundary. In the top right of this view a broken wall continues to be stockproof with the help of a post and wire fence. The stone built field barn was one of several in the vicinity. This is limestone country, the shape and texture of the stone in the foreground will confirm this. Description by John A Thickitt, the photographer.