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The Norman monks from Haughmond Abbey also exercised this right which carries on to this day and is largely responsible for the present day open moorland.In other words the hills look like they do because of hundreds of years of grazing.

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The first industrial usage dates back to the 13th Century with the location of a corn grinding mill in Carding Mill Valley.

In 1812 a carding mill was built to process local fleeces.

Instead these are held by the COMMONERS who are owners of agricultural land in the parishes surrounding the Long Mynd.

88 people have registered rights to graze on the hill, of whom about 17 actually exercise them.

Caer Caradoc hill (major stronghold of The Cornovii tribe) carries the legend of being another hillfort on which the last British King Caractacus made his last stand against the Romans before being captured and taken off to Rome.

Saxon farmers settled in villages on the flanks of the Long Mynd and began the practice of common grazing.In 2009 after a ten year ESA(Environmentally Sensitive Area) scheme came to an end another new scheme began.This HLS(Higher Level Scheme) will ensure another 10 year period of reduced grazing so that good conservation practices can flourish.The route was a trading one, which crossed the tops of the hill to link Shrewsbury with the ports of South Wales.During the Iron Age and dating from about 500 BC are the ditches and ramparts of Bodbury Ring hill fort.There is at present (2006) a total of 3,350 sheep (1.5 ewes per hectare) grazing on the hill (dropping to about half this number in winter).

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