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Category: Farming

Devon’s farmers, by the turn of the century, had recovered from the decline sustained during the Great Depression (1870-1895). By 1914, farmers had returned to a degree of prosperity. They had moved away from grain farming toward meat, arable crops (mostly root vegetables) and soft fruits.

The growing markets of Plymouth (city and Navy) and Exeter grew and the national railway system provided openings for Devon’s products to be quickly transported to London and beyond. Milk, apple and meat trains departed daily.

The farming community was increasingly close knit with many skilled workers and labourers living either on estates, farms or in tithed cottages.

To go or not to go?

Context In 1917, Government rules regarding how farmers provided the much-needed food, alongside problems created by the absence of blacksmiths, rick builders and mechanics, coupled with more assertive tribunal decisions, [ … ]