Today’s walk took in a different route, and a much more man-made one, as I went the other side of Sedgley centre this time. Starting at the park next to Asda, a hundred metres on and it’s the Tenscore itself.
The origin of the name is not known but could relate to ten times score (20), which would equate to 200 yards. This is just short of a furlong (220 yards), which was the length of a standard medieval ploughed field, and considered the distance that a team of oxen could plough without resting.
Growing up in Sedgley as a child, I thought it was a colloquialism for tennis courts, which used to occupy part of the site. However, it’s much more historical than that and you could certainly imagine it being known as the ten score field in years gone by.
As you can see from the video below, I took my binoculars with me. Not as many birds as the recent walks round Turls Hill and the Beacon but I did see: wood pigeon, great tit, house sparrow, blackbird, feral pigeon, blue tit, dunnock, robin, magpie, carrion crow and pied wagtail.
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