Milton Country File

Shed and Buried - by Simon Glazebrook

This year Ed and I set off to Patrick Edward’s tractor jumble, this is held twice a year and is a must for those with an eye for the curious or a specific tool to do a job. It is a “Shed and Buried” on a grand scale!


This year as usual I set off with a list of bits and bobs I needed for tractors and trailers, and do a tour of the packed aisles – trailers filled to the brim with gears, plough shares and the odd ready to restore tractor. A break for an egg and bacon roll before the second tour round to check I hadn’t missed anything and to look at an interesting lump of metal that had caught my eye the first time round.


After much debate about its use and, a little haggling I became the proud owner of this handsome lump of metal. My initial thoughts about its use were that the wheels of a living van as drawn by steam engines or horse drawn coaches would sit in the groove when parked up.
Once home, a search on GOOGLE let me down as I needed the right name for the search! After consulting a couple of people in the know they came up with a – “Scotch” or “Drag Shoe” and “Jack”


The drag-shoe or ruggle is now an obsolete piece of wagon hardware that few people would remember or know about today. It was hung in front of the rear wheels and when, going down a hill or steep incline, with a heavy load that threatened to roll forward and push the horse over, the iron shoe was slid under the wheel (one, or both rear wheels). Then the back part of the wagon became a sled and the horse could pull the load downhill. This was before the addition of wheel-brakes to wagons.
It has a number “4” stamped on it and this was I assume for a four-inch-wide wheel – as to its age I have no idea – if someone out there has further information, I would be very interested.


Beaker's, Egret's . . . and UNWANTED deposits - by Martin Woodgett

The name of Beaker Place for the new Linden Homes development on the Sutton Road has puzzled many, including myself.  So, I have looked in to this and have established that the name refers to the Beaker Folk. These people were Neolithic > early Bronze Age immigrants in to Britain in the period either side of 2000 BC, and may well have been responsible for a major stage in the construction of Stonehenge. The dead were buried with a bell-shaped Beaker in the grave, hence their name. For further information, try googling Beaker or the Amesbury Archer.


There have been quite a few sightings of an Egret down Pembroke Lane. Look out for flocks of blackbirds gorging themselves on the windfall apples under the 'Milton Wonder', and a jay in the same vicinity.


Just before Christmas I came across a cache of 48, yes 48, black dog-bags, lurking where the path behind the Church meets Mill Lane - 160 metres from a bin, where I deposited all the bags. I hope I am right in thinking that an outsider would have done this, but please could (dog) walkers look out for outsiders behaving in such a way, and explain to them why such behaviour is unacceptable?