Photos: FW readers’ share their ‘farming forebears’

Thanks to everyone who’s been sending us photos of their “farming forebears”.

The response has been great after we asked to see snapshots of your relatives – both those who are still around and those who are no longer with us.

These three came from Moira Williams.

This photo (below) shows her grandfather Gilbert Charles on a hay-binder with his horse Duke on their farm, Henllys, near St Davids in Pembrokeshire in about 1950.

Gilbert Charles on a hay-binder

Gilbert Charles on a hay-binder

The one below is an early-1950s baler – a farmworker is driving the lead tractor, with Moira’s father driving the other one and her grandfather on the trailer.

 An early-1950s baler

An early-1950s baler

The one below, taken at about the same time, shows oat harvesting with a binder and features Moira’s grandfather at the front, a farmworker bent over and her father, Gwilym Charles.

oat harvesting with a binder

Oat harvesting with a binder

Meanwhile, thanks to Ken Luscombe from Broadhempston in Devon for this picture taken in 1927. Ken is the young lad on the left.

Ken Luscombe with a car in 1927

Ken Luscombe in 1927

Cyril Kimbrey

Cyril Kimbrey

We also received this image from Jill Russell from Wiltshire. “Back in 1950 my parents moved to a remote cottage in west Dorset. I was 13 and mad keen on all things country.

“The late Cyril Kimbrey farmed the fields around us. He patiently allowed me to join in with all the seasonal tasks, be it leading the horse that drew a wheeled hoe through rows of mangolds, driving the David Brown rolling grass, the correct way to use a hay fork, even thatching the rick with straw secured with binder twine and hazel spars.

“Once when a rick overheated, I learned how to use a hay knife. It was an unforgettable experience, taking my turn at deepening a hole in the centre to let some heat out and remove the unbelievably hot and almost smoking hay.

“At milking time, Mr Kimbrey would not let me use the Simplex milking machine until I could hand-milk the hardest cow.

“I learned so much, often missing school to do so. The school allowed the boys to take agriculture lessons; the girls too if their fathers were farmers, mine was a plumber! 

“The hands-on training Mr Kimbrey gave me enabled me to work on other farms and eventually led to my husband and I having our own farm. We are so grateful.”

How to share your photos

We’d like to see photos of your farming forebears – and they could end up gracing the pages of Farmers Weekly.

All we need is a photo and a line or two (feel free to write more if you’d like to) about whoever is in the picture.

If you already have a digital image, email us a copy of that.

If you have a print, you can either take a scan of it and email us that, or take a photo of it with your phone or camera and email us that.

Don’t worry if you’re not an expert with a camera – snaps are fine. Email it to and your farming forebear could appear in Farmers Weekly – a lovely surprise if they’re still with us, or a fitting tribute if they’re not.

Tips on taking a handy snap

If you’re taking a snap of a paper photograph, try to zoom in nice and close so you get lots of detail.

Check there isn’t too much glare/refection (no pics taken under the arc lamp in the yard please).

Try to take pictures flat-on to the print (so the camera or phone lens is parallel to the paper rather than slanted upwards at an angle).

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