On an old OS map of Abington, there’s a cross shaped cluster of trees on the lower slopes of Fagyad Hill (NS917219). Over time the trees escape the enclosure (after which it’s marked as Gastonend Wood) and the current Google map shows the trees are mostly gone and only part of the wall is remaining.

It minded me of an Flickr image of an enclosure used by drovers. The cross-shaped walls provided protection to sheep outside the enclosure. The trees only grew after the drovers stopped using it. Is this the same at Abington? Was it a stop on an old droving route?

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There are certainly drove roads around, with one ending at Roberton further north, plus plenty of Roman roads leading from Crawford which might have been used by the drovers, but that’s purely supposition on my part.

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