Agriculture

The majority of Winchcombe residents have always been employed on the land, and the museum houses many of the tools that were used until recently, including a breast plough or flaughter spade. Most families used to have a piece of land on which to grow food. The wool trade with the continent provided a good income for the Abbey. For most of the Seventeenth Century, tobacco was grown extensively. Cider was not a lucrative trade, but it was widely made and farmers used to pay part of their workers’ wages in cider.

 

One of the Haslum brothers driving a reaper near Cleeve Hill

A model of a Gloucestershire wagon, made by Fred Russell

An ox-queue, a shoe from a draught-ox, with part of the hoof attached

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