Agriculture & Farming

Life in the Forest and on the Land (2012)

The story recalls a childhood and working life based largely in the Breckland area around Thetford – Colveston and Mundford and the Stanford Battle Area. The contributor sent us an extract from his memoirs which he is writing for his grandchildren. His grandfather worked as a warrener in the battle area, his father at Lynford […]

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Lincolnshire Farm Labourer (1957 – 1990s)

In 1957 Doug’s family were living in a tied cottage on a farm in Lincolnshire. Agricultural labour was a reserved occupation and labourers did not have to go into the forces. Farm work was poorly paid and families were reliant on the farmer. Doug worked on the farm until the farmer made many of his […]

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Memories of Sheringham and Overman, Seed Merchants (2010)

The contributor grew up on the Norfolk coast at Brancaster. After studying agriculture and horticulture, in the early 1960s he joined Sheringham and Overman's agricultural seed merchants firm in Fakenham as a bookkeeper.  He describes changes in the seed business which diversified from supplying local farmers, who themselves grew herbage seed, to include one of […]

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The Assistant Farmer (2007)

I came to Colney on October 11th 1936 when my family gave up Manor Farm Kirby, Bredon where I was born and we moved to Hall Farm Colney. The farms were farmed at Colney by my father Bailey and his brother Hugh trading as H & B Wilson and the reason that the family moved […]

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The Cow Hand (2007)

I was born in 1933, the son of an agricultural worker. We were living at Thwaite St Mary near Ditchingham in the 40s. My father was a foreman on the farm. The farm was a cow farm mostly. What would be done would be done by hand. The milking was done by hand. There were […]

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