The man who drowned the meadows, Rowland Vaughan 1558-1627
Rowland Vaughan lived at Newcourt, Bacton, then later at Whitehouse, Vowchurch, at the turn of the 17th century. He wrote a book, published in 1610, on new ideas for management of watermeadows, which he implemented in the Golden Valley. The illustration in the header to this page shows part of a diagram from his account of how to construct and manage different types of "trenches". He was an active entrepreneur full of ideas for social and agrarian reform. The picture at left shows his scheme for a "commonwealth" - a site where hundreds of different artisans could live and work towards a common good. Rowland also led a turbulent life, involved in many lawsuits and frequently faced financial difficulties.
This book brings together much new research into Rowland’s life, times and achievements. This has included visits to archives, land-based surveys, photography and new discoveries through the use of LIDAR technology. The book has 140 pages, 64 illustrations, 15 maps and 3 pedigrees. The book was published in 2016. Order from ourselves (use Contact Us link above), from booksellers, or online at http://www.logastonpress.co.uk/ Price £12.95. A member of the Group is available to give an illustrated talk to local societies etc in Herefordshire and the surrounding area. If you would like to request this, please use the Contact Us page.