Collecting old farm tools, farming bygones and rural history.
Collecting farming bygones has become very popular over the last few years especially hand tools and small engines, visiting any of the numerous country shows up and down the country will give you an insight into this. There are many places to visit such as victorian working farms, town museums and shows where information can be found. see here
The old tools shown within this site were made mainly in the local forge or by hand in the small factories, which were fairly common up and down the British Isles. We shall include within the farming section many and varied old agricultural tools and other rural items of interest which will be frequently added to the site, so visit us regularly.
If you can add to our descriptions, please feel free to contact us
“ The general agriculture of this kingdom has no doubt greatly improved within the last thirty years...although it cannot be justly said to have made such advances in this most important science as not to be still capable of much greater improvement...Necessity is a powerful spur to industry and contrivance a truth sufficiently proved by the fact that the greatest improvements in farming were begun on the poorest soils. Necessity compelled the occupiers of such
soils to exert themselves to the utmost, and to become good farmers, to gain a maintenance...In former times, old persons have often said to me- “ there is no farming like old farming.” Such prejudices have died with them, the greater part of the present generation of farmers have been better educated, and are more enlightened, they are not, as their predecessors were, opposed to all suggested improvements of cultivation.”
C. Hilliard, in his ‘Practical Farming and Grazing’
published 1840, wrote,
C. FURIUS CRESINUS being cited before the Curule Edile and an assembly of the peaple to answer to a charge of sorcery founded on his reaping much larger crops from his very small spot of ground than his neighbours did from their extensive fields; produces his strong implements of husbandry, his well fed oxen and a hale young woman, his daughter, and pointing to them, says, these Romans are my instruments of witchcraft:- but I cannot here show you my labours, sweats, and anxious cares. PLIN. Nat Hist.
preserving rural bygones