The linhays are another interesting feature of the Marshes. They were constructed as shelters for numerous cattle and almost all of them appear to have been built by the time of the 1842 tithe map.
The Round Linhay
No two are the same, although most are of square or rectangular shape. Some have become dilapidated but around 30 still stand today. The one which attracts the most attention is the round linhay, a grade II listed building on the edge of the inner marsh road, which has been thatched and provides endless photographic opportunities.
The plump cattle on the marshes now benefit from wonderfully lush grazing that their forebears could only have dreamed of. Even local farmers have been surprised by its quality:
“I’ve put cattle down here before now and haven’t seen ‘em for a fortnight; I know especially one day out there I said to my son “That in’t our bullock there” and he said “Yeah it is” and us counted and I said “Yeah, got the right number but that in’t mine” and us argued and us had to take his number and he’d altered so much I didn’t recognise him! In a fortnight! He’d grown and fattened. I say it is some of the best grazing land in England, that land.” Rowland Dibble