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Bere Ferrers

Bere Ferrers, whilst today a quiet agricultural parish, was once alive with industry. In the medieval period there were silver mines here, operated by the Crown, and the landscape was inhabited not only by native farmers but also immigrant miners and general labourers. We have already established that Bere Alston was Britain’s first planned mining town, but the Understanding Landscapes project is now exploring the origins of the wider historic landscape, and particularly hopes to provide new insights into the age and origins of the many farms which are scattered across the parish.