Bringsty Common

History

The history of Bringsty is the history of England. The stone and timber framed houses on the Common mostly date from the 14th to the 20th century, and even today the oral history of Bringsty harks back to the days before electricity and mains water supplies and remembers days when water was brought from the wells in buckets and large families lived in small cottages. People who were evacuated here during the war have spoken of bathing in the brook and until quite recently, sheep were grazed on the Common land where many Commoners still have rights for grazing, turbary (right to cut turf and peat) and Estovers (the right to collect wood).

1965 - Chez Watts - Oral/Written History

1968 - Dugy Bullock - Oral/Written History