An unexpected finding of the survey has been the quite frequent references to Flax growing in Meath in times gone by. This is sometimes revealed in the field name – names such as ‘Flax Field’, The Bleach, The Blaych etc. Extra information is often given in the notes about the history of the field with mentions of flax ponds, holding ponds, flax pits & drains, bleaching, bleaching greens, retting, soaking & steeping of flax, flax mills and flax advisors. Some of the flax was grown during the war and some prior to that.
Tobacco growing also gets several mentions in field names and notes around the County. It is usually linked to Randalstown Estate near Navan. Tobacco drying sheds have been mentioned in fields in several areas.