The traditional role of the lengthsman would be to “walk the length of the parish” to ensure ditches and drains were clear. The term was adopted to describe workers maintaining lengths of road, canal, railway and path. Below are some mid-19th Century lengthsmen employed on the Caledonian railway in Scotland for 'packing' (the ballast on the track is packed back under the sleepers) and maintaining the railway lines.
|It must have been hard work as a 19th century lengthsmen|
|Not the easiest thing to get up a mountain!|
|new drain by Ian, Richard and Martin - maintaining both paths and tradition!|
|Similar box but a richer variety of content than earlier generations|
post by upland ranger Luke
lengthsmen photo : from Fix the Fells