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Fordson tractor and binder harvesting in the rain, near Driffield, 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 a Fordson E1A New Major tractor and a reaper-binder harvesting wheat (or oats) near Driffield and was 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. Driffield is a market town in the Yorkshire Wolds; the photographer's likely route between Sheffield and Bridlington - the A614 - passed through the town.
The Fordson E1A New Major was in production from 1952 until 1958, which helps date this view.
Having been battered by storms (it can be seen the crop is somewhat flattened), harvesting was proving difficult and the photographer recorded that he took this view in 'heavy rain today.' He also typed out the following report (original grammar and spelling have been retained) - the reference to Mr Sowersby relates to what is depicted here:
'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.'