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For centuries, the Wylye Valley was an area of sheep farming and barley production, where the sheep were used to dung the land.

In 1597, shortly after Sir Edward Penruddocke completed his purchase of the manor of Compton Chamberlayne, he commissioned this survey of the entir

In the later 12th century the demesne of Amesbury manor included several pastures for cattle and in the early 13th century extensive several pastur