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Farming plays a big part in the roles of many of our ancestors, the history of this way of life is very interesting.

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I think this link to Farm Radio will be useful to give a feel of rural life today, and of the memories of rural folk are lovley to hear.
Farm Radio

The Plough
History of the Plough
This is the home page of the Plough Men site: Home Page
Steam Ploughing, an awesome thing to watch:
Ploughing with Steam
The British Agricultural History Society, an useful website, search the links on the left of the screen.
Home Page
Museum of Rural Life
Farming Generations

The last 75 Years

Discussion Forum

A personal account of an "ag lab" in 1840 re the Corn Laws 5 Replies

Started by Christine Gibbins. Last reply by Christine Gibbins Dec 2, 2010.

"A bit o' binder string 3 Replies

Started by Christine Gibbins. Last reply by Christine Gibbins Feb 26, 2010.

Tracing the makers of old farm machinery

Started by Christine Gibbins Feb 11, 2010.

Agriculture in Witheridge Devon

Started by Christine Gibbins Aug 16, 2009.

DEVON FARMERS & LABOURERS in 1808 by Brenda Powell ©

Started by Christine Gibbins Aug 5, 2009.

The Corn Laws of 1815 2 Replies

Started by Christine Gibbins. Last reply by Christine Gibbins Jul 28, 2009.

Farming and Labouring

Started by Christine Gibbins Jul 27, 2009.

The Farmer's Wife

Started by Christine Gibbins Jul 23, 2009.

Early History

Started by Christine Gibbins Jul 23, 2009.

The Plough

Started by Christine Gibbins Jul 23, 2009.

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Comment by Debra Fowler Kabinier on March 17, 2019 at 5:17pm

The Wessels Living Farm History Farm in York, Nebraska, USA a href="">>; has lots of great information under its Education tab.  They have information on Nebraska farming from the 1920s through today.   I like this site because Nebraska was used as a testing ground for agriculture equipment, especially tractors. 

When I visited the Homestead National National Monument a href="">>; in Beatrice, Nebraska, USA, a one-Acre plot of tall prairie grassland was marked with part of the ground turned over with a plow.  I no longer remember how many miles a man would walk to clear that acre of land, nor how long it took to plow the acre.  But it made me realize what my 3rd great-grandfather went through to claim his "free" 160 acres.      

Comment by Christine Gibbins on April 1, 2014 at 2:33am

For a Twitter feed to Farming in the UK today

UK Farmers

Comment by Christine Gibbins on April 1, 2014 at 2:26am

Agricultural Ancestors

The blog post is a very useful tool for Ag. Lab. research

Comment by Christine Gibbins on March 1, 2012 at 3:27am

Medieval Agriculture Costs

This link may be of interest, Best wishes, Chris

Comment by Della Palmer on November 24, 2011 at 3:22pm

I have not found any sponsorship etc. But what I have noticed is that the families that immigrated did much better than those who stayed behind.

Not sure if this is a case of what does not kill you makes you stronger?

I can find the remnants of my Berryman family in Penzance, Cornwall but no sign of anyone being left from any of my other Gr Gr Grandparents children who stayed behind from any of mine or my husbands’ lines.

Comment by Christine Gibbins on November 9, 2011 at 3:29am

Fish, Farm of Family

Janet Few has done a major research project on Migration. 

Comment by Christine Gibbins on November 9, 2011 at 3:25am

From looking at UK census returns, it was often the younger sons who took the chance to migrate, there not being enough "room" on the family farm for them, and the newspapers of the day carried adverts offering the new opportunities to struggling and poor communities. The Lord of the Manor would help them get a passage. Have not done this yet, but searching the internet may help us learn more. 

Comment by Brenda Wordsworth on October 31, 2011 at 6:24pm
Thank you for the lovely photos Christine. My Mum, who has just died, just loved Shire horses.  She was a Devonian and would have loved these photos.  She had shire horse ornaments, pictures and horse brasses everywhere.
Comment by Sheri Putnam-Cline on October 25, 2011 at 10:47pm
@ Della,  The migrating farmers had some insight about the soil they were after to farm on? People, Food Producers, Government, spent time researching the areas of viable farm land in other accessible countries? A lure had to be set to attract the farmers along with some type of Bank Note agreements about crop harvest ratio to property payment ratio or Homestead agreements? Apparently (the farmers) felt it was very much worth taking the chance on with the knowledge they had already acquired in their farming in the UK.
Comment by Della Palmer on October 25, 2011 at 6:01pm

I am a present day farmer in central Victoria Australia.

I know very little of “old time” farming in the U.K.

I joined the group hoping to get a feel for farming when my “Jones’s” leased a farm in Wexford 1800-1900 and my “Berryman’s” left Cornwall to set up farming in Australia in 1860.

We believe farming a complicated and big business now. Surely they thought the same when they had to pick a crop to plant or a bred of animal that would produce the best return the next season so they could pay the debt against the farm. How did they do it without knowing the long range weather, the world market or hedging against a futures price?

Just giving you some of my thoughts



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