Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Focus on farming

After getting distracted on all manner of interesting and/or timeconsuming genealogical or real-life things, I'm going to try and stay focused on completing the overview of farming in Wing. Agriculture was fundamental to the Wing economy, so this section will be a biggie! I suspect it'll be one that's never quite complete either, there'll always be more snippets to add and certainly there will be documents at the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies that I may or may not be able to get my hands on (all volunteers who might be able to help me out on that front gratefully appreciated).

My intention is to summarise the farming system, the farms of Wing and their resident families, and get that up on the website as soon as possible. It can then expand as people contribute relevant information.

In the meantime, if you have any information about your farmer family please email me. I've already accumulated some interesting snippets from your emails in the past, like the family gossip as to why the HEDGES farm at Cottesloe was split up and eventually lost. If you've researched the farm your ancestors worked, do let me know what you discovered. Photos of the farm, then or now, would also be great!


Anonymous said...

Hi Alex, have you looked at the National Farm Survey for Wing? Check out the National Archives research guide on the subject for more details. They contain some really detailed information on farms during the Second World War. Costs for copying my be too high unless you can find someone to photograph the documents for you.

Alex said...

Another exciting resource - thanks for the heads up! The level of detail in that survey does look very promising. Another thing on my wish-list is the enclosure maps and supporting documents from 1798, and comparing the 1798 position to the WWII position would be very interesting.

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