Sunday, February 28, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Here below is a drawing of my interpretation of the two furrow ring press. This of course was made obsolete when the seed drill was perfected and became available for use by most arable farmers. Two horses were used. One in a set of shafts and the other in front hooked on to the shafts with a set of trace chains.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
When Ernie had time off or went on holiday, his place was taken over by Jack Exler, who kept a garage on Switchback Road, in Furze Platt. I wonder if any of my readers will remember Jack and his garage.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
The mock up below is of the type of petrol pump that is use up until the late 1950's. Each glass cylinder held a gallon when full, and was pumped up from the underground tank by a hand wobble pump. As one cylinder was filled the other would feed into the vehicle tank by gravity. I remember filling up the first Standard Ferguson tractor at the pump, which held 8 gallons and enough for a days work of ploughing. The tractor engine was the same as used in the post war Standard Vanguard Car.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Numbers were reduced when the first tractor, an International 10-20, which the Astor's imported from the States. Its first driver was an ex-carter, George Parker, who remained its driver until he retired. The second tractor was an Alice Chalmer's Model B, which arrived again from the States in 1937. The third tractor to join the farm arrived just before the war, again from the States, and International TD-6 caterpillar tractor, together with a Ransome's four furrow plough. This unit cut down ploughing time to a fraction of that work done before. As it could plough 10 acres a day with ease.
Horses remained in use until the end of the Second World War in 1945, when they were eased out with the coming of the Standard Ferguson tractor.
The barn building number 29 was used for general storage use, such as excess dry concentrate feed for the cattle, and also a very dry spot to store Nitro Chalk fertilizer. In later years it was used as a grain drying plant.