Yesterday we were with farmer Higginbotham on the meadows collecting hay.
It proved popular and so here are some more hay makers, this time from Furness Vale. I posted it at the beginning of April and it fits well with Mr Higginbotham so here it is again.
It stems from my own interest in our rural past here in Chorlton and so I fell on this one which appears on Furness Vale Local History Society site.
|Hay Making in Furness Vale, date unknown|
Now it is a scene which could so easily have been taken here in Chorlton, although to date we have only one photograph of the hay being collected.*
But given that 56% of the land here was pasture and meadowland and that some of the 40% of arable land was used for growing barley I rather think these men and boys could have so equally stepped off one of our own fields.
|Man with pile and rake|
So "the man in the centre carries a large wooden handled rake. Behind him can be seen the ownership plate on the cart. The name is Charles Saxby of Disley. Saxby was owner of Furness Vale Printworks".
All of which puts the picture into a context and demonstrates the power of local knowledge to unlock a photograph
But as I often say it is not for me to lift another’s research so to see all of George’s comments you will have to visit the site at http://furnesshistory.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/haymaking.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+FurnessValeLocalHistorySociety+(FURNESS+VALE+LOCAL+HISTORY+SOCIETY)
Picture; courtesy of the Furness Vale Local History Society
*This is from the collection of the Higginbotham family who farmed here from the 1840s.