Talking About Technology Collection
Speaker: Gresham, John, 1923 - , Interviewee, Male, Tenant Farmer;
Speaker: Wainwright, C, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Gives details of where born, parents and how they became farmers. Mentions move to Wiscote and the family being self sufficient for food. Details how butter was produced, involvement in this process as child. Mentions how excess milk was sold and how it was delivered and dispensed. Recalls involvement of children in farm work and starting work on farm in 1937. Describes hours worked, implements and machinery used. Recalls move to Edmondthorpe in 1935, including walking animals and moving equipment, also father bought Fordson tractor. Mentions self binder, wagon and sprung dray required on new farm. Recalls the effects on the Second World War on the farm, sharing machinery, American tractors, Land Army girls and Prisoners of War (POWs) labour, rotation of crops and effects of rationing. Mentions wages. Talks about farming after the war, new combine harvester and what it did, grain dryer and grain store. Comments on being a tenant farmer and partnership with various members of his family.
Place of birth: Sleaford, Lincolnshire
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Tenant Farmer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Wiscote, Edmondsthorpe
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 5/3/2001
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: Bournemouth University
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