When the men worked the fields all their lives

When the men worked the fields all their lives

Mark Joy, from Gosberton Risegate, sent us this fantastic photo of his dad, Gus (Augustus), on a John Deere tractor in 1950, pea cutting down Broad Drove, Surfleet Fen Farm, near Gosberton Clough, with Les Jackson and Fred Wilson. ‘My Dad was born on December 28,...
Farming on Surfleet Fen in 1959

Farming on Surfleet Fen in 1959

Gosberton Risegate resident Mark Joy has sent us this picture of wheat being combined in 1959. Mark says: “My Dad, Gus Joy, is driving the lorry and Fred Wilson is operating the combine. “They were working (and did for many years) for Proctor Bros Ltd,of Gosberton....
Early Automated Tulip Head picking

Early Automated Tulip Head picking

The Spalding Bulb Co decided in 1964 to build a mechanised Tulip header to save on the cost of labour. The machine was built in-house by the Farm Workshop manager Ray Wiles assisted by Harold Wilkinson (of Weston) and myself. It took us about 4 months and several...
Potato Railway

Potato Railway

The potato railways were mainly the bastion of Lincolnshire, others did exist, but most were on the fens. I did a lot of work in the fens and the men who were full time doing this job,in years gone by deserved a medal, no trees to shelter at lunch time, holy moly....