Early 18C Decoy
Designed decoys were developed during the 18C. Skellingthorpe Decoy (HE Grade II) and landing pond west of Lincoln.
Plan of Skellingthorpe Decoy (Image: Steffie Shields)
This pond is surrounded by three features:
- a raised boundary walk
- a screen of trees offering seclusion
- an outer sunk fence or ditch.
Overgrown landing pond at Skellingthorpe (Image: Steffie Shields)
Several narrow channels or pipes lead off from the main landing pond. Here 50,000 pairs of wildfowl were netted, caught and taken to market in London annually.
A Mallard (Image: Steffie Shields)