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Video - Tom Long haymaking in his meadow, 1960s

This converted cine film shows Tom Long making hay in his meadow in the early 1960s. The young lad in the film is his grandson Phillip, who has kindly allowed Quorn Village Online Museum to publish this valuable record of small scale farming in Quorn.

Tom Long was born in Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire in 1884, but him, his wife and children moved to Quorn in about 1914, when he was a Farm Bailiff for John Davys Cradock from Quorn Court.

When John Davys Cradock died in 1921, and for some years afterwards, the area that we now know as Tom Long’s Meadow was called ‘Cradock’s Meadow’, but the name changed when Tom purchased the land. After John Cradock died, Tom Long earned his living and supported his family by keeping sheep, the odd cow, and he also sold coal.

Tom Long’s Meadow changed its character completely when the Warwick Avenue estate was built in the 1960s. The meadow had always been prone to flooding in times of excessive rain, but after the estate was built, and the rain had less permeable area in which to soak away, the meadow became an almost permanent wetland.

See also Artefact 2228, which includes the memories of Arthur Long, Tom Long’s youngest son, and provides a fascinating insight into life in Quorn in the 1920s and 1930s.

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 Submitted on: 2019-05-21
 Submitted by: Phillip Long
 Artefact ID: 2222

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