Agriculture & Farming

Lincolnshire Farm Labourer (2007)

There was three of them [sons] ready for working for him. And then the next one, the fourth one, he didn't want to be on the land. He wanted to be a carpenter. But dad had to go the farmer and asked him if he minded if one side-stepped him and went to be a […]

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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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The Farm Manager (2007)

Can you tell me what your first job was? When I left school I wanted to go to agricultural college, I always wanted to be a farmer, from very quite an early age. To go to agricultural college you had to do a year’s practical on the farm, work on a farm before that. So […]

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