Harvest

Maurice Pearce

Photo:Maurice Pearce

Maurice Pearce

In the 1930s and 40s the corn here was generally cut with a horse drawn binder, though there were one or two tractors in the village. Men with scythes cut the outside of the field before the binder went in, and what they cut had to be tied by hand. When the binder had finished the men set the sheaves up into what we called shocks or stooks to dry them ready for carting away. 

When carting started we had six carts taking the sheaves home, and these were then built into stacks which had to be thatched with straw to keep them dry until winter threshing time. Schoolboys and girls joined in at harvest to help with shocking up and carting.

 

This page was added by Pat Grigor on 09/10/2012.

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