Old Laines

Old Laines

Accommodation land in Yeovil Marsh


First recorded in the 1743 Terrier, Old Laines (Parcel 1183) was accommodation land in Yeovil Marsh. 'Laine' is a southern English term meaning an open field. Accommodation land is a term that originated in the early nineteenth-century and was applied to land, often adjoining a town or village, that was let for cultivation or pasture. Accommodation land generally did not form part of a farm.

The 1846 Tithe Apportionment (at least the copy held in the Heritage Centre at Taunton) does not record the details of Old Laines, although the 1919 sale details recorded it as accommodation land, its use as pasture for grazing livestock and its size as 3a 2r 29p.

Old Laines (Parcel 1183) was bounded on the north by the small Yeovil Marsh stream that eventually joins the River Yeo below Pill Bridge, Ilchester. To the east it was bounded by Six Acres (parcel 1182), to the south by Perry's Mead (Parcel 1185) and to the east by Water Mead (1) (Parcel 1184).

For details on historic land measurement (ie acres, roods and perches) click here.