Agriculture & Farming

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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Life in the Forest and on the Land (1950s-1990s)

Kevin’s grandfather worked as a warrener in the battle area, his father at Lynford Hall which was used by American servicemen, and he himself for the Lands Branch in Forestry, looking after the grounds, forestry, rivers, churches, boundary fences and military camps of the area. After a brief interlude working in the Thermos factory, he […]

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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 (1950s-1990s)

Peter 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 the […]

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The Assistant Farmer (1936-1968)

David’s family were tenants at Old Hall in Colney. In farming those days there was a good social life. He was on farms, and then travelled around with the Ministry of Agriculture. I came to Colney on October 11th 1936 when my family gave up Manor Farm Kirby Bedon where I was born and we […]

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The Cow Hand (1936-2007)

Ralph worked on the farm where his father was a foreman as a cowman. He talks of the American servicemen from Seething airfield while he lived at Thwaite. 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 […]

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