Agriculture & Farming

A Beautiful Place to Live And Work (2009)

I went to school when I was 5 at Drayton, and then from that school I went to Hellesdon Firside at 11 years old. I spent three years there and left at 14 years. While I was at school I did a paper round in the mornings, and I also did a small milk round […]

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A Life on a Norfolk Farm (2008)

Starting work with the horses I was 14 when I started work. I left school on the Friday night and I started work on the Monday. That was harvest time, there were about 14 others working on the farm and the foreman, he came into the stable and he said to me "Now Ted" he […]

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A Life on the land. 1948-2005. (2016)

Farming is what I love and what I want to do The little farm at Sisland I lived in Loddon and when I came home from school, I used to get on my bike and go back to a little place called Sisland and go and help on the farm. I got a little bit […]

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A Working Life in Farming (2009)

My first employment was at the age of 10 when I used to come out of school at Banham and go down to the cider works in the autumn when the apples were being ground up to make the apple juice and the cider, and I loved to help put the apples down the chute […]

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Early Days on the Fruit Farm (2013)

Early days on the fruit farm tells of a teenager who had his own allotment and went on to make a career in horticulture. He attended horticultural college and then took up an apprenticeship on a fruit farm in Norfolk. This was a big estate (where conditions were feudal) "it was almost as if the […]

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From Nursing to Pharmaceuticals

Mary Dalrymple speaks to WISEArchive about working as a child during WWII picking potatoes and then entering a special programme for training young nurses. She recounts the time when tuberculosis was common and her continuing training at Charing Cross, London. Marriage and children followed and a career change to a more secretarial role after spending […]

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I’d rather be with the horses. The Norfolk Horseman. (2012)

Ninety-year-old Sid tells us about his life with horses.  He followed his father onto the farm and loved and nurtured the Percherons through wartime and right up to the 1950s when tractors took over. Read about his favourite horse called Harry, I told my guv'nor one day, "If you sell him, I'm a-goin'!"  And how the […]

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