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I go along with the ley-line theory that there are special points of high energy and that often there are wells in these points, and therefore the water is charged with more energy than other sources of water . . those older sort of ideas . . people have just carried on with the same idea but maybe the religion has changed. (Sue Degan) However, Christian and scientific ideologies remain dominant. In the former, ‘the fountainhead’ of the Enlightenment is still the central image; thus a vicar Taking the Waters | 33 describes baptism as ‘being filled with the spirit .
10. 11. | 37 respectively, but by 1862 these had been enclosed. Over the 1700s and 1800s, twenty separate acts of parliament were passed to clear and enclose woodland in the Vale of Blackmoor alone, and many fens and marshlands were reclaimed and enclosed (Dorset County Archives). Dorset is the home of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, famously transported to the colonies in 1834. These changes came more slowly to rural areas, where the population was able to rely on cleaner local water sources. Even in 1951 nearly a quarter of the households in Dorset still lacked an exclusive piped water supply (HMSO 1955).
2 The implication is that Celtic religion, like that of other hunter-gatherers, was characterized by gender complementarity, and that water was firmly associated with feminine principles. Occupational Hazards In Dorset, the Durotriges’ way of life was supplanted by increasingly forceful invasions. First, Celtic tribes from Brittany moved up the Stour to Marnhull, bringing with them animal husbandry (oxen, pigs and horses), agriculture (wheat and celtic beans), and trade. Like agricultural innovations and introductions elsewhere, this widened gender roles, and encouraged new – and less egalitarian – forms of property ownership.