Farms and farming

Traction Engines: George Swann

George Swann was another of the Drage & Kent drivers.  While he didn't live in Chrishall he worked with many of the men who did of course. Summer 1928 - George Swann driver, aged about 16 These photographs are kindly reproduced with the permission of Clive Flack...

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Reapers

Reapers

Chrishall Reapers: Amos Pitches, Walter Webb, Timothy Harvey, Charlie Banks, Alfred Walters, Billy Barnes, Albert Reed, Fred Reed. This team was swanging charlock.  To 'swange' (pronounced swonj) was to cut off the flowers of the weed before they seeded.  The tools...

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Haymakers with hoops

Haymakers with hoops

The Haymakers. The willow hoops on the end of the scythes helped to control how the hay fell once cut. From left to right: William Revell   Amos Pitches    William Cranwell    Albert Drury    Leonard Flack    Herbert Flack...

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Traction Engines: Arthur Cane

These photos were taken on the 1st May 1928. Arthur Cane (born 1904?) worked for Drage & Kent of Chrishall working with the steam plough teams. Two engines, one at each end of the field would pull the plough by a cable turned by an horizontal cable drum under the...

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Crawley End Chrishall – sheep grazing

Crawley End Chrishall – sheep grazing

This unusual view (1980s) is from the field on the east side of Mill Causeway looking at the backs of the former council houses.  Rosemarie Gant (Davies) remembers driving her small first car, a renault 5, along Crawley End and meeting the sheep which were being...

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