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Romanticism and Historicism
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main image Ware road, Tyninghame, East Lothian
'Sea-ware' (seaweed) was used over several centuries as a renewable, organic fertiliser. It was either gathered loose from the seashore – especially after storms – or cut with a serrated sickle.

Occasionally, as here, the habitual use of a particular route for transporting sea-ware inland has led to the name 'ware road' being attached to it.

During the early 19th century, supplies of Spanish barilla (the basis of an industrial chemical) were disrupted by wars. During these times, there was a short-lived boom in seaweed (kelp) gathering, and burning to produce a substitute for barilla.

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