Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Trusty Billhook

The Billhook, a very useful farm impliment.
You could find a Billhook or two on every farm in the Cookham's at one time. A hand tool that had a multitude of uses, from Hedging and Hedge Laying, Hurdle making in the Hazel Coppices of Cookham Dean, and the sharpening of fence posts. Also used by the farm thatcher to cut hazel pegs to hold the thatch on hay & corn ricks. Even gardeners used this tool to cut hazel twigs for staking their garden peas and scarlet runners. You could buy a Billhook in the village at Bill Church's Ironmongers on Station Approach for about 15/- in the 1940's.

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