Early 18C Decoy

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:

  1. a raised boundary walk
  2. a screen of trees offering seclusion
  3. 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)