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Ditcher's shovel

This is a typical wooden ditcher's shovel. The wrought-iron blade bears an indistinct maker's name. It is British and dates from 1850 to 1900. Height 143mm, Length 920mm, Width 270mm

Dunchurch. Buccleuch Estate

Duke of Buccleuch Estate, Dunchurch. War effort: sowing grain on ploughed out grassland. Tractor and two labourers. 1942

Dunchurch. Buccleuch Estate, foresters

Group of foresters on the Duke of Buccleuch's Estate, Dunchurch. 1900

Dunchurch. Buccleuch Estate, ploughing

The Duke of Buccleuch's Estate, Dunchurch. Toft farm. James Russell's ploughing team led by German Prisoner of War. Ploughing out grassland. 1942

Dunchurch. Smithy

The smithy, thatched and timbered cottages, horse and cart and agricultural hay rake, Dunchurch. 1920s

Dunchurch. Buccleuch Estate, tractor

Duke of Buccleugh Estate, Dunchurch. Refuelling tractor. Part of war effort. Horse and cart. Two labourers. 1942

Farrier's Tool

A Farrier's tool used for paring horses hooves. It is made from an iron rod, which is slightly wider at the centre, and has bulbous ends. The tool would have been used to file down the hooves, perhaps ...


A flail, from Church Lawford, made from a long wooden rod called a hand-staff. This rod has metal fixings at one end, which join the handle to a metal loop, called a souple or swiple. This loop is able ...

Flax breaker

This is a beech-wood red-painted flax breaker of typical form. It rests on tapering solid end-supports with stretchers. It is British. Height 565mm, Length 976mm, Width 161mm

Hay Twister

A hay twister made from a Z-shaped iron rod with two rolling wooden handles. There is a hook on one end. This would have been used to twist straw for thatching and trussing hay.


Frederick William Newton Whitehead (1853-1938) Hayfield, 1918 Oil on canvas 200mm x 250mm A harvest scene set in a landscape. There is a heavily laden, horse-drawn cart in the middle distance. Figures ...

Heathcote. Harvesting

Horse drawn harvester at work on a farm at Heathcote, Leamington Spa. 1937

Little Compton. Blacksmith's Shop

The blacksmiths shop and adjoining cottages, Little Compton. A plough share is standing in front of the smithy. 1900s

Napton on the Hill. Loaded haywain

Loaded haywain, horse, two men and a woman at Napton on the Hill. 1928

Nuneaton. Ploughing engine

Fowler ploughing engine [of about 1880] and stream dredging machinery in operation, Nuneaton. The ploughing engine, or wrought iron engine as it was commonly called, was always used in pairs; there would ...

Peat-cutter's spade

This is a typical wrought-iron peat-cutter's spade. It has a triangular blade with a wooden handle attached in the centre. It is either British or Irish and dates from around 1900. Height 84mm, Length ...

Raphael Holinshed, The... Chronicles, 1577 - harvest woodcut, 'History of Scotland', p. 232.

A harvest scene, from a book known to Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s parents both came from farming families so he knew well that everyone in country districts would help with cutting and sheaving ...

Reap Hook

Curved steel blade with a wooden handle, thought to have been used in Warwickshire. The manufacturer's name is stamped on the blade.