Flax

Flax is a field crop not grown all that much locally although we understand that the need for cloth – linen is made from flax – meant much more was grown during World War II.

In more recent years flax made something of a comeback and its gentle blue flowers, for many of us, compared very favourably with the garish yellow of the oil seed rape.

Here we see a field of flax in the year 2000.

Flax growing in Market Lavington in the year 2000

Flax growing in Market Lavington in the year 2000

This field, behind the former petrol station where Shires Close now stands, had once been the village ‘rec’ or recreation ground

This field had once been the village Recreation Ground

This field had once been the village Recreation Ground

It’s a pretty looking crop so it’s rather a shame it isn’t grown more.

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One Response to “Flax”

  1. Phil F . Says:

    This crop would have been linseed which would be harvested for its seed to be crushed to get linseed oil,it is the same family as flax ,but this was pulled out of the ground with its root to be turned into fibre
    There was a lot of flax grown in this area, with a factory in Devizes to turn the flax into fibre as linen.

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