Living Memories interview
with Marjorie Longdin
Interviewer Lorna Payne - February 2008
Below are a number of
extracts from the interview:-
came to live at Wellingly Grange in 1949. I had been a nurse,
trained at the General Infirmary at Leeds and it was quite a
different atmosphere leaving a very busy hospital and moving to
a very quiet farm, 2 miles out of the village, 300 acres, mainly
arable, with sheep. At that time it employed 3 men, my husband
and his father.
Now my father was a farmer
and he always said that all those footpaths between farms, which
have caused so much controversy, they were made there, not for
people to walk for leisure but for workers to walk from one farm
to the next to help at busy times.
had 3 employed men. Later we had a farm student who went to
Askham Brian, and he did a survey of the farm and he came to
show John what he had developed and he said. ‘You know, in the
future, you are going to be able to run this farm with one large
tractor and one man’, and we thought, well, this is ridiculous……
I remember the day when
somebody said ‘There’s a new machine that cuts the corn and
thrashes it at the same time and it’s called a combine’.
Everybody rushed to Firbeck where this machine was working to
have a look at it. And then they brought in a potato lifting
machine which only needed 4 women on it, so the mechanisation
since 1949 has been absolutely unbelievable.
……..there was a payment to
pull up hedges and plough up grassland because of this shortage
of food in the 50s. It amuses me very much now because my son is
getting paid to put hedges back.
there was a little private school near the Royal Oak in a wooden
hut. The Misses Goodwin. Well, my husband ….. went to the
ordinary school, and he always said that the building of all the
new houses were a great improvement because the quality of the
school children went up. He remembered them all, some of them
with no shoes and patched trousers. It was a feudal village, you
see, there were the big houses and then there were the work
people and of course always the pubs. Everybody employed a lot
of labour you see in those days.
The village started to grow
roughly about 45 years ago. ….. Then Ben Bailey got permission
for York Road and Lancaster Crescent which was the beginning of
Tickhill growing to be what it is today.
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