Leicester Oral History Archive
Speaker: Farming life, - , Interviewee, , Farmer; Farm labourer;
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Summary of interview item: Farming Life. Compilation of interview extracts recalling farming life in rural Leicestershire in the first half of the 20th century. Descriptions of every aspect of farming, different types of farming and agricultural work, including milk and dairy farming, haymaking, corn threshing and harvest, horses, ploughing, lambing and shearing sheep, poultry and pigs. Farm accommodation and farm ownership and tenancy is described. Labourers' wages and work undertaken by children is detailed, along with details of a variety of agricultural tasks. Farming during both the First World War and Second World War is recalled. The introduction in the county of Agricultural Advisors in the 1920s and the War Agricultural Committee in the 1940s is remembered. The work of horses and move to tractors and mechanical farm machinery is described. Leicester Market is described over a fifty year period and the care and treatment of sick animals recalled. The different types of soil found in Mountsorrel, Barrow, Sileby and Cossington are described and weather prediction discussed. Contributors to this compilation are: A. Pick, G. Bull, F. Smith, J. Copson, H. Bevin, Mr Tyler, B. Taylor, A. Crooks, S. Kirk, Mrs Goode, J. Reynolds, P. Beeby, J. Kind.
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Location: County: Leicestershire
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 1/1/1989
Playing time: 42 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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