Agriculture & Farming

A Beautiful Place to Live And Work (1945-1980s)

M tells his life on farms, working with cattle and showing them across the country. I went to school when I was five 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 […]

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A Foulsham Farmer (1930s-1980s)

Eric was a farmer born and bred, although he had to work in Barclay’s Bank for some of his life! I was born at Bates Moor Farm, Foulsham. My Great Grandfather went there in 1851. It went out of the family for a number of years then my uncle bought it and my father went […]

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A Life on a Norfolk Farm (1937-2008)

Stanley describes his life working with horses, hedging and ditching and driving tractors on Norfolk farms. Starting work, making a stand and losing a pork chop. I started work when I was 14. I left school on the Friday night and started work on the Monday.  It was harvest time and there were about 14 […]

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A life on the land (1948-2005)

Gordon didn’t want to go into carpentry as a young man. He said ‘Farming is what I love and what I want to do’ and stayed on the land all his working life. The little farm at Sisland I lived in Loddon and when I came home from school, I used to get on my […]

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A lifetime on the farm (1938-2021)

Jack tells us about his life growing up in Crownthorpe on the farm originally part of the Kimberley Estate, which he took over from his father and still works today. I was born in 1938 in Fressingfield in Suffolk and we moved to where we are now in 1939, so I have lived here for […]

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A Working Life in Farming (1930s-1997)

Richard worked on farms, and became an animal health inspector. 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 […]

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Cows for company (1950s-2017)

Tony grew up on the marshes and has been involved with them all his life. He talks about coypu, drainage, agriculture and the future of the marshes. My name is Tony Clarke, and I’ve been involved with the Norfolk marshes nearly all my life and have had some really good times. We used to try […]

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Early Days on the Fruit Farm (1980-2013)

Stuart tells us about his life working on a fruit farm, teaching students in Kent and being a warden at Winterton Dunes. School and agricultural college I went to school in Costessey, it was a secondary modern school then, Costessey High now. It was really quite a low attainment type of school, you went there […]

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