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Since the Victorian period, a quarter of the wood, in the shape of an enormous pie wedge, has been cut out and is now farmed as arable.
On a previous visit I dug a shallow soil profile to examine the structure of woodland soil in an area of planted Beeches. A layer of leaf mould covered an inch and a half of black soil. Beneath that, sandy subsoil, the product of weathering of the underlying rock, went down a further five inches. The deeper I dug the more fragments of rock I found.
Keeper Lane, between the north east corner of Notton Park and the village, passes the site of a brick kiln. A few years ago I found this fragment of a clay pipe thrown up in excavations by the roadside.