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Mr T W Judson, farmer, Leconfield, East Riding of Yorkshire, c 1955 ?
From collection of F H Brindley
Brindley, F H (Sheffield News Pictures, 973 Abbeydale Road, Millhouses)
c 1955 ?
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It shows Yorkshire farmer, Mr T W Judson, photographed by Sheffield based freelance press photographer Frank H Brindley. Brindley's usual stamping ground was South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire but this view was taken on one of his periodic visits (possibly summer holidays) to Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Leconfield is a small village, 3 miles north-west of Beverley and on the A164, the photographer's likely route between Sheffield and Bridlington.
Mr Judson was photographed after heavy rain had ruined the harvest, the photographer typing out the following report (original grammar and spelling have been retained):
'BRITAINS WEATHER RUINS CROPS
By:- F. H. Brindley
After a few days of Sunshine last week, storms again are the daily trouble of the Farmer's, heavy rain has laid the Corn to the ground, yesterday it rained so hard, it stopped all efforts to save the crops.
Touring the Farm's, ruined harvest's are general, Farmer's are losing record crop's where last week's fine weather laid hopes of saving them. In Driffield we saw records broken of size of crops, but ruined by heavy rain of yesterday.
Mr T W Judson of Leconfield, who has over 300 Acres of Corn, expects to lose £1,500 on Wheat, Millers only offer £19 per ton for home grown Wheat, and yet pay Canadian Farmer's £25 per ton.
Mr Sowersby of Driffield is cutting Wheat and Oates now laid flat by Machinery, as hand cutting makes it impossible to harvest it. It was raining hard during cutting, but the work had to be done in the effort to save something from the ruined Harvest.'