Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Pick, Arthur, 1903 - , Interviewee, Male, Farmer;
Speaker: , Interviewer,
Summary of interview item: Recalls details of his father's farm at Barkby Thorpe. Talks about his father buying his farm, which had element of market gardening, and the changes brought about in farming due to the First World War. Details the effect of the 1920s depression on farming and the types of produce grown. Comments on the lack of government involvement in farming until 1935 and increase of involvement after 1945. Recalls his schooling and how he became a farmer. Describes the mechanization of farming, detailing tractors and combine harvesters. Mentions relations between farmers and farm workers, the Quorn Hunt and paying rent. Mentions farmers' attitudes to farming development and bodies that gave advice on agriculture. Describes various aspects of village life in Barkby, including the shops, church, village events and sport.
Place of birth: Barkby Thorpe, Leicestershire
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Tenant Farmer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Barkby
Recording Date: 27/8/2002
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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