From collection of F H Brindley
c 1955 ?
About this image
The photographer captioned this view 'Bridlington' and 'Snap this evening of Record Harvest in Yorkshire. The last Cut, ends a busy day in the Corn.'
The tractor, which is hauling a reaper-binder, is a David Brown product and carries a registration - GBT 862 - that was issued by Yorkshire East Riding County Council from 1948; however, the tractor is probably a model 25 or 30, which were manufactured between 1953 and 1958 and since it looks fairly new, this helps date the view.
The stooks of corn disappearing over the horizon seem to bear out the claim of a record-breaking harvest but despite the advent of mechanization, the operation still required a three-man team with one driving the tractor, a second operating the reaper-binder, and a third gathering up the sheaves produced by the binder to form stooks, thus allowing the crop to dry.
Although Bridlington is given as the location, it is more probably somewhere close to the A614 road between Bridlington and Driffield - the photographer was based in Sheffield and was perhaps using that route to return home after a summer holiday at Bridlington.