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About the group Themed images of agricultural activity

Created 6 December 2012

The field systems we see today are the result of what is called 'improvement'. This started in the eighteenth century, and replaced the much smaller divisions of land that preceded it (often referred to as 'subsistence farming')with larger, planned fields separated by natural boundaries or man-made markers such as planted hedges of dry-stone walls. The improvement movement also aimed to maximise the yields which land could provide by improving drainage, by rotating crops and by leaving fields 'fallow' or unused for a period, to allow them to recover after planting and harvesting.

Thursday 8th of May 2014 12:06:52 PM
Agricultural land and housing always compete for space with one another, and use space quite differently, as this image showing farming land after housing clearance shows dramatically.

Wednesday 7th of May 2014 01:02:27 PM
Agricultural needs fertile land if it is to be successful, and the alluvial land bordering major rivers is a major source of this. In this image, the broad swathe of the River Tay in the background is framed by the rich farmland and marked out fields of Burnfoot Farm in the middle ground.

Wednesday 7th of May 2014 12:56:01 PM
This farm with its many chicken sheds is clearly rearing chickens on a large scale. Battery farming methods were introduced in the 1930s. It is the most common form of egg production today although some farms are returning to 'free range' methods.

Friday 5th of April 2013 10:37:27 AM
This image shows a traditional farm with its farmhouse and barns. The cows are coming in from the surrounding fields for milking. Note the granary which is raised up on saddle stones to keep the grain free from damp and rats. More images of farms and farming can be found on the Heritage Explorer website

Friday 5th of April 2013 10:16:13 AM
This pig farm is an example of more intensive farming methods. The pigs are housed in buildings rather than outdoors.

Friday 5th of April 2013 10:07:03 AM
Farming has left many marks on the landscape. These fields show evidence of how farming was done in the middle ages when the Ridge and Furrow or Strip system was common. Crops were sown in the furrows or dips and the ridges or banks marked the boundaries of the individual strips.

Friday 5th of April 2013 10:03:18 AM
This image shows how farming land was built over as Wolverhampton expanded in the 1920s and 1930s. The Warstones estate was completed in the 1940s. New estates were built to house people after older houses in town and city centres were demolished under slum clearance programmes.

Friday 5th of April 2013 09:54:38 AM
A traditional farm with a large farmhouse and range of barns. The haycart would have been pulled by horses although tractors were beginning to replace horses by this time.

Friday 5th of April 2013 09:18:18 AM

Thursday 6th of December 2012 10:29:35 AM