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Posted By: theleveller
04-Aug-12 - 04:43 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Songs, poems etc about ploughmen/boys
Subject: RE: Folklore: Songs, poems etc about ploughmen/boys
Wow! Some great stuff here. Thanks for the interest. Just been having a quick look atRobert Bloomfield's poem, 'The Farmer's Boy' and there's some great descriptions of the ploughman's lot.

"'my grandfather was a ploughboy at the age of 12'

Whereabouts, Leveller? My ancestors were ploughmen around the High Wolds of the East Riding."

Steve, my mother's family were farm labourers at Foston On The Wolds - the low wolds, I suppose. Whereabouts did your family come from?

My grandad left school at 12 instead of 14 because there was nothing else they could teach him. He was an incredibly clever man who read continuously throughout his life. He worked for most of his life as a railway clerk in Hornsea. I found out a few years ago the well=kept family secret, which my grandad only discovered in his twenties, that he was, in fact, illegitimate and that his sister was actually his mother, made pregnant by a local landowner whilst in service, and his mother was really his grandmother.

My aunt married a tenant farmer from Bewholme and I can stll remember, as a child, beingfascinated bythe old horse ploughs lying around the farmyard.