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 (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 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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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)

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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Land girl, bibles and the civil service (1938-1951)

Irene recalls her time in a bible factory, driving a tractor and working for Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. Married to a sailor My husband was at sea most of his life. He joined the Navy when he was fifteen and was on a training ship. His father was in the Navy, grandfather in the Navy, […]

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