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by Alan Wadsworth
14 Feb 2018, 16:29
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Denny of Cruikshank, Scotland
Replies: 6
Views: 18369

Re: Denny of Cruikshank, Scotland

Hi Bob, Thanks for this. Sounds as though it is a simpler version of the more conventional swathe board and swathe stick that you would find at the end of the bar on most cutter-bar mowers. These usually are connected with a sprung bolt to the outer shoe, which is basically a beefed-up version of th...
by Alan Wadsworth
31 Jan 2018, 12:58
Forum: LibRAL
Topic: Milford wheelwright from Thorverton
Replies: 2
Views: 5441

Re: Milford wheelwright from Thorverton

Hi Sarah,

I assume that you have found this - https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Thomas_Milford_and_Son

and followed through the relevant links?

Best regards, Alan
by Alan Wadsworth
26 Jan 2018, 21:34
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Thomas Hardy and farm turnover in the 1830s
Replies: 1
Views: 4297

Re: Thomas Hardy and farm turnover in the 1830s

Hi,

have you tried searching for farm diaries or farm accounts in Dorset, either at

MERL: https://rdg.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/merl/

Or

Dorset Record Office

http://dcc.dorsetforyou.com/calmview/
by Alan Wadsworth
26 Jan 2018, 21:24
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Ironwork in a threshing barn
Replies: 2
Views: 16657

Re: Ironwork in a threshing barn

Hi Philip,

Apologies for delay in reply - distracted by other stuff.

The purlins are not overspanning. The attachments appear to be 1” dia steel bar.

Alan
by Alan Wadsworth
03 Dec 2017, 21:34
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Definition of a Beast
Replies: 4
Views: 13644

Re: Definition of a Beast

Well ... I believe that the key lies in “4 cows and 6 beast”. Even today, farmers in Wiltshire and Worcestershire distinguish between cows (which are used to produce milk) and cattle (not used for milk - either male or female). On this basis, beasts are cattle - male and female. As a previous contri...
by Alan Wadsworth
11 Oct 2017, 10:59
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Definition of a Beast
Replies: 4
Views: 13644

Re: Definition of a Beast

Hi,

Which county are you in?
by Alan Wadsworth
11 Sep 2017, 10:03
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Denny of Cruikshank, Scotland
Replies: 6
Views: 18369

Denny of Cruikshank, Scotland

Does anyone know what this tool was used for please?

Many thanks, Alan Wadsworth
by Alan Wadsworth
03 Sep 2017, 07:39
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Essex War Agricultural Committee Records
Replies: 2
Views: 8967

Re: Essex War Agricultural Committee Records

Essex RO holds Essex WAC records under D/Z 45 in their catalogue - these appear to be for the period 1915-1917.
by Alan Wadsworth
23 Aug 2017, 17:53
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Welsh Hay Rakes
Replies: 1
Views: 8734

Re: Welsh Hay Rakes

I think you may be correct, that the original author is less than clear what he is saying. In particular, he says that the Welsh design means that the user "need not step his foot backward at every reach". Well, having used a conventional rake as a lad (and since), I have never had to step backward ...
by Alan Wadsworth
12 Jul 2017, 21:49
Forum: Agricultural history
Topic: Orcheston Long Grass
Replies: 3
Views: 16969

Re: Orcheston Long Grass

I assume that you have read (perhaps you are the author?) of this webpost https://salisburyplainbenefice.com/our-churches/orcheston/the-long-grass-meadows/ Given that bent grass is native to Britain, then it appears that the luxuriant growth was achieved through the use of a water meadow system of s...