Farm workers take a rest by haystack, c.1938
Strawberry pickers at Brooker Farm, c.1980 c Jo Nelson
These two extracts from Gammons farm accounts show that in 1919 a farm worker earned just over £4 a week, but twenty years later in 1931 they were earning just over £2 a week.
In 1919 farming was buoyant following the demand for food during the first world war. In 1931 agriculture had just begun a severe depression as a result of competition from imported food.
Gammons Farm accounts for April 1919
Gammons Farm accounts for July 1931