To Denshire; i.e. to Devonshire land.

This is to pare the turf off from the surface, and to lay it in heaps and burn it: the ashes have been found greatly to enrich barren land, on account of the fixed salt which they contain. This, probably, was first practised in Devonshire; whence it derived its name It is now practised on all barren spungy lands throughout England, previous to ploughing. Land so prepared will bear two or three good crops of corn, and must be then laid down again.

Entry taken from Provincial Glossary, edited by Francis Grose.

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To Denshire; i.e. to Devonshire land

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