Danger on Salisbury Plain

Market Lavington and Easterton are long, narrow parishes, extending well up onto Salisbury Plain. Over a hundred years ago, there was 19th century farming on Salisbury Plain and tracks and a main route towards Stonehenge and Salisbury. It was a remote, sparsely populated area, but open to the public.

This picture is of Candown Farm, now long gone.

By Edwardian times, Pond Farm, above Easterton, was used for temporary military training camps.

Not long after, the land of those parts of our parishes which were up on the plain were purchased by the War Department and public access became extremely limited.

We have already noted, in Boys on the plain, that, over the years, youngsters have been tempted to stray into forbidden territory. A newscutting in a museum scrapbook from 1987 serves as a reminder that this can be very dangerous, due to unexploded ordnance.

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