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Wartime Farm

I know a new program starting on BB1 next Thursday 6th Sept (8pm - 9pm) will be of particular interest to Ma, Frank & myself.

Others who found both series of The Victorian Farm & Edwardian Farm will likewise enjoy this new series.





  • Sounds very interesting, hope they have some land girls on there, as there were a lot of lasses that didn't know one end of a cow from another when they enlisted.  A mention of some of the lumberjills would be good, too.

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Already noted  David and even in the trailer found a fault, picture of them driving a nice new Fordson Tractor, in your dreams.
    A shared tractor between several farms more like and the rest heavy horses, we had them into the fifties.
    Looking forward to what else comes up.


  • higgy50higgy50 Posts: 184

    Yes I seen this advertised also. It looked like it had potential to be very interesting so I've set the recorder as I'm bound to forget it's on until 5minutes from the end!!


  • There's a full page article about this program in this week's Radio Times.

    I don't know if the incidents described in the article will actually be part of the program, so I won't spoil things by describing them.

    The article does also point out that this was the point at which a lot of the British countryside, especially ancient meadows and wetlands, were irrevocably destroyed. And industrialised food production was introduced, on a scale from which there was no going back.

  • Yes, really looking forward to seeing this programme. I loved the Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm, so interesting. The programme they had on several weeks ago was another good one, different families living in several houses in a street in Morecambe, the programme took them through Victorian, War time the 60's and the 70's, really good. I love this sort of programme.

  • I'm looking forward to this programme as my grandparents were farmers from the early 1900's until just after WW11. I was told lots of stories from when they had the farm.

    My mother has told me how hard it was, she and her sisters and mother used to churn butter and take it to Nottingham market when she was a child, in a pony and trap. How times have changed!

  • I'm really pleased to hear others are also interested in this new series.

    I remember starting a similar thread on the BBC Gardening boards, just prior to the Victorian Farm series and have to say it turned out to be one of the most interesting & wholesome threads I have seen on any message board. Folks would visit the thread after each episode to reminisce and in several cases share their own agricultural experiences and knowledge of yesteryear.

  • Mum was a small child in Hastings when the war ended, I remember her telling me about sitting under the kitchen table and being scared to death about the noisy thing in the air, because the grown-ups and her older brothers and sisters were scared - she was talkling about the doodle bugs.  I also remember she hated harvest time, as the farmer would cut the corn in ever-decreasing circles, and her brothers and lots of other big boys would be standing around, waiting for the rabbits trapped in the corn to make a run for it.  She did eat the rabbit stew or rabbit pie her Mum served up though!

  • sounds interesting.Could teach us a thing or two .

  • flowering rose wrote (see)

    sounds interesting.Could teach us a thing or two .

    A lovely thought although I doubt it.
    Some of us were there, think Methuselah, and saw that once the hard times started to diminish which was well into the fifties all thoughts of self sufficiency went out of the window with all the furniture, fire dogs, iron bedsteads and anything else considered old fashioned now they buy it all back as "Antiques"?
    The times at the moment are hard and it has pulled people up short, I see gardens that grew only flowers suddenly producing greens to eat, even a few hens here and there, will it last?
    Coming from a time when the garden and animals were the family larder, no Tospots S&M Dingleberries or Chops, (work it out I refuse to advertise) we topped up at the local market Wednesdays and Saturdays which were mainly stalls run by local Market Gardeners, nothing from Chile China or even Chelsea up in our town all local and in season, we have forgotten all that.
    I will watch with interest as they mix and match examples from the folk tales and books of the time and if the last two series are anything to go by will get some of it very wrong. Not all areas were equal, not all farmers got the government Tractors and Harvesters or the Land girls, they did get masses of school kids tatty picking and local people helping with the Harvest. "Oh" and no we did not cut the corn in rings we cut it up one side along the top and down the other side, squares or oblongs or even with some fields geometric shapes and yes as the last bit was cut we were there with the shotguns, my Father was a dead shot with a Catapult and I had a .22 rifle, we ate rabbit every which way, it was extra food.
    It would not be possible to go back, the local Market Gardens are housing estates, the few allotments over subscribed and the small general farmer long gone along with his heavy horses, orchards and mix of animals.
    So endeth the lesson.


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