Market Lavington Museum

Making a haystack – part three

Haystacks were made in the summer, but needed to stand outside in all weathers until their precious supply of animal feed was needed through the winter months. Sybil Perry explained how the hay was kept dry.

‘As the rick grew in height, the sides had to be shaped like the roof of a house. When the rick was completed, the “roof” had to be thatched so that the rain would run off and prevent the rick from becoming sodden.’

In our blog entry A view from Lavington Hill, the picture on the postcard, sent in 1918, includes three thatched haystacks.

Thatched stacks also feature in this undated postcard looking down Lavington Hill towards Market Lavington.

Sybil clearly appreciated her opportunities to witness hay making, as she made clear in part of her final paragraph on the subject. ‘ We country children were really very lucky to be able to watch all these activities going on, with the sun and the sky above us, the smell of new mown hay, the smell of horses and to hear the sounds of the men calling to each other, the neighing of the horses and the clatter of the machinery.’

For further links to our haymaking blogs, see also Haymaking in 1915, Haymakers and The Williams’ hay rake.