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scarecrow



Joined: 15 Dec 2004
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Location: Manchester, Up North
PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 04 10:36 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I've just found this definition if anyone is interested.

Conacre
This is a term used to describe land rented for the taking of a single crop, most commonly potatoes. Conacre was taken by tradesmen and small farmers but most usually by agricultural labourers who invested all or most of their earnings in potato ground from which to feed their families. The practice illustrates the limited rôle of retail markets in pre-Famine rural Ireland. Conacre rents were a frequent cause of agrarian violent, as population pressure increased. Farmers were encouraged by price trends to move into livestock farming and no longer found conacre lettings a profitable means of providing crop rotation.

Joey



Joined: 03 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 04 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    



I have just googled "conacre" and just discovered it is a very Irish term. I grew up with it and assumed it was a more global term.

It originally was land given for the growing of one crop of corn or potatoes in lieu of wages. A corruption of "corn acre"

Now it just means land rented on an annual basis as opposed to a
long term tenancy.

scarecrow



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 04 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've just done the same!! You beat me to it Joey!!

Joey



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 04 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks like you beat me to it, scarecrow

judith



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 04 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't think you would be able to rent a field that is classified as agricultural and then use it to grow veggies. That would require a change of use, unfortunately. I think from the land use viewpoint, a "crop" is something like a whole field of oats or cabbages or potatoes. What you are talking about is more like market gardening, which I don't think is a bona fide use of "agricultural" land.

scarecrow



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 04 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Anyone got any idea how I can find out who owns a piece of land?

Theres about an acre of land next to a pub nearby. It's rarely used except I occasionally see a few sheep grazing there.

judith



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 04 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

scarecrow wrote:
Anyone got any idea how I can find out who owns a piece of land?


For a small fee, you can do on-line searches:

http://www.landsearch.me.uk/

or

http://www.landregisteronline.gov.uk/

BTW, a piece of land that occasionally has sheep on it doesn't sound unused to me - it is simply being rotated.

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