A Day in the Life

 
Farm workers take a rest by haystack, c.1938

Farm workers take a rest by haystack, c.1938

 
Strawberry pickers at Brooker Farm

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 from 1919

Gammons Farm accounts for April 1919

Gammons Farm Accounts from 1931

Gammons Farm accounts for July 1931

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