Thomas Hardy and farm turnover in the 1830s

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christophern
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Thomas Hardy and farm turnover in the 1830s

Post by christophern » 26 Jan 2018, 08:39

Hi. I'm helping an academic friend who is currently editing a collection of Thomas Hardy's 'Wessex Tales'. In the short story, 'Interlopers At the Knap', Hardy writes of one character: 'He was a large farmer. His turnover, as it is called, was probably thirty thousand pounds a year.'

The story is set in Dorset in the 1830s. Hardy does not give the acreage of the farm, but he writes that the farmer 'had a great many draught cows, a great many milch cows, and of sheep a multitude.' Even so, £30,000 a year seems to me a very high figure; it approximates to £800,000 in today's values.

Is this a plausible figure? Would anyone know if information exists on the turnover of farms (either farms in general or farms in particular) in Dorset in the 1830s?

Thank you!

Christopher

Alan Wadsworth
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Re: Thomas Hardy and farm turnover in the 1830s

Post by Alan Wadsworth » 26 Jan 2018, 21:34

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/

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