Heath-Turf Cutters

Heath-Turf Cutters

Photograph by Gertrude Jekyll

Frm Old West Surrey (1904).

"An interesting local tool is a kind of spade used on the heathy wastes for cutting heath-turf for burning. It is used as shown (on page 203). The man throws the weight of his body against the heavy cross-handle. It looks a cumbersome, lumbering thing, but in actual use its weight helps the work. The cutting of heath-sods for fuel is one of the commoners' privileges." — Old West Surrey, p. 204

Scanned image and text by George P. Landow].

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