Agriculture & Farming

The Sugar Beet Story – from farm to factory (1944-1993)

Robert started his working life on a mixed farm in Freethorpe with arable crops (including sugar beet) and cattle. He then spent 19 years at Cantley Sugar Beet factory in a variety of roles. I was born in Halvergate and went to school from age five to 11 at Halvergate and then at Freethorpe until […]

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The Water Diviner (1935-2006)

Ray talks about his childhood and working on the farm. He learned to be a water diviner from another diviner, and found large reserves of water for landowners. I hope you’ll understand my Norfolk brogue. I want to tell you a little story, which I think, is marvellous. During the war, all of a sudden […]

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Village life in Norfolk (1930s-1960s)

Ron talks about farming and village life in Norfolk, and working in maintenance at RAF Marham. Early life and family I was born in November 1927 in Marham, and we lived there until I was five. My dad worked with cattle and we moved to Shouldham as he took a job as a cowman. I […]

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