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Agriculture 1921-1939

Three-horse plough team at work in the 1930s.
In the 1930s, before the mechanisation of farming, plough teams were a familiar sight in rural Britain.
©Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading

The inter-war years were difficult times for farmers and farm workers. When the wartime controls were summarily removed after 1921, workers continued to consider themselves betrayed by the government.

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Search using Agriculture Act Repeal of the Agriculture Act

Further reading

  • Howkins, A., The Death of Rural England, A Social History of the Countryside Since 1900 (London: Routledge, 2003)
  • Whetham, E., The Agrarian History of England and Wales Vol. 8, 1914-1939 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1978)


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