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Hugh Barrett

Born in Colchester, Essex in 1917, Hugh Barrett left school at sixteen to become a farm pupil, as described in Early to Rise...

Tom Bartlett

Tom Bartlett grew up on a Gloucestershire farm and for much of his life has been a farmer. He started keeping ducks as a boy in 1937...

Harold Beer

Harold Beer ran Great Shortridge Farm at Warkleigh, near Umberleigh in North Devon jointly with his two brothers, Anthony and Fred. The 600-acre farm in the Taw Valley ranges from deep alluvial soil at the bottom to thin, stony ground on the hilltops.

Brian Bell, MBE

A Norfolk farmer's son, Brian played a key role in developing agricultural education in Suffolk from the 1950s onwards...

Roger Blowey, FRCVS

Roger Blowey trained at Bristol University where he gained honours degrees in veterinary science and biochemistry...
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Henry Brewis

Born near Alnwick, Northumberland in 1932, Henry Brewis was one of a clan of farmers in the area. He spent much of his life running a mixed arable and livestock farm at Hartburn, near Morpeth, Northumberland...
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Anthony Clare

Tony Clare is a Chartered Building Surveyor from Surrey whose lengthy vacations on a family farm near Salisbury in Wiltshire inspired a lifelong interest...
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Roger Clark FWCF (Hons)

Roger runs a farriery at his tenanted farm on the Essex-Suffolk border. Although he specialises in heavy breeds, he shoes all types of horses...
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Frank Cvitanovich

Described by the Independent newspaper as 'a documentary-maker of rare expressiveness with a deeply humane and sympathetic vision'...
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Peter Dunn, BVSc MRCVS

Peter Dunn graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1969. Since then he has worked in practice, laboratory work and research...
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Patrick W Dyer

Patrick W. Dyer was born in 1968 and grew up in one of the most notable and exciting periods of development for heavy trucks and the last of the real glory days for trucking as an industry ...more

The East Anglian Film Archive

The East Anglian Film Archive is the public film, video and television archive for the East of England region. It preserves moving images past and present... 
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Peter Edmondson, FRCVS

Peter Edmondson graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1980 and is a partner in a predominantly dairy veterinary practice in Somerset, UK...
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Mark Everard

Dr Mark Everard is Associate Professor of Ecosystem Services at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), Founding Director of the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART), an Angling Trust Ambassador and science advisor to the Salmon and Trout Association ...more

Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster was born in Ipswich in October 1959. He attended Sidegate Lane Primary and Copleston Secondary schools. After a few years as an insurance claims clerk he landed a job as a trainee reporter at Radio Orwell...
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Colin Fraser

Colin Fraser was born in England in 1935, and educated in England, Canada and Switzerland...
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H W Freeman

The son of a schoolmaster, Harold Webber 'Jack' Freeman was born in Ilford, Essex in 1899...
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George French

George French was born in the heart of East Devon and grew up in the 1960s surrounded by the tractors and farm machinery of his neighbouring agricultural contractor and local farmers
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Stuart Gibbard

A successful author and journalist specialising in tractors and machinery, Stuart Gibbard comes from a farming background near Spalding in Lincolnshire...
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Irene Grimwood

Irene was born in a family of six girls and two boys at Bury St Edmunds in 1922. Her father William Gibbs, an acetylene welder, was secretary of the local Labour Party...
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Cheryl Grover (formerly Clark)

Cheryl is currently teaching a number of Heavy Horse Training Courses organised by the Suffolk Horse Society on various topics...
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Robert Hackford

Robert Hackford (born 1952) started out as a school teacher. However, mid-career he opted for change and became a TIR-driver instead. After doing Europe for a while, a trip to Turkey  ...more

Michael Hawker

Born in North Devon in 1932, Mike Hawker is descended from many generations of blacksmiths and farm workers who lived in East Devon.

The author’s interest in farming developed over more than a decade of working on farms, first as a helper and part-time employee and then as a full-time worker.
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David Harwood

Born in rural Worcestershire in 1950, David Harwood learnt about keeping animals from an early age, before going on to study veterinary medicine more...

Paul Heiney

Paul Heiney has been a television reporter for over twenty years, starting with That’s Life! He has worked on In at the Deep End, the Travel Show, Food and Drink and, on Radio 4, You and Yours. Recently he has enjoyed getting justice for BBC 1’s viewers on Watchdog
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David C Henderson

David C Henderson began his working life as a hill shepherd in Cumberland and, after attending Kirkley Hall Farm Institute in Northumberland
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Gertjan Houtman

In 1985 he started making documentary programmes in association with the Dutch trucking magazine Truckstar. Among the memorable films that resulted where Alaska Highway and Heavy Transport.
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Ray Hubbard

Born in 1933 at Langmere, Norfolk, near Dickleburgh in the Waveney Valley, Ray first started working with horses when he was nine years old
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Robert Hutchinson

A native of Montreal, Canada, Robert Hutchison studied economics and political science at McGill University. He interrupted his studies to travel and begin a career in journalism. From 1961 to 1976 Hutchison was a correspondent for the Sunday and Daily Telegraph (London) during which he covered the 1967 Middle East war ...more

Dick Joice

The son of a farmer, Dick Joice was born in Great Ryburgh near Fakenham, Norfolk in 1921. He took over his father’s tenancy on the Townsend Estate in 1940 and it was a chance conversation with his landlord, The Marquess Townsend, in 1958 that was to launch his new career in television...
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H Glyn Jones

H Glyn Jones was born in a smithy near Pwllglas in North Wales. He bought his first dog, Glen, in 1949...
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David Kindred

A resident of Ipswich from his birth in 1946, David attended Cliff Lane School and Landseer Secondary School...
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Sonia Kurta

Sonia Kurta grew up near London. At the outbreak of war Sonia’s mother ‘unofficially’ evacuated her to the Gloucestershire Cotswolds where her love of animals and farming intensified
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Chris Lockwood

Chris Lockwood is a Suffolk-based is a freelance agricultural journalist, and is the author of three books and creator of a growing list of programmes on farming and farm machinery
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Murray Maclean

Born the son of an Oxfordshire fruit grower, Murray Maclean completed a course in horticulture at Writtle in 1961, before joining his father as a fruit grower
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Hilary Matthews

Hilary Matthews is a well-known goatkeeper and breeder whose Toddbrook herd of British Saanen goats has won numerous awards for showing
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Andrew Pearce

Andrew Pearce grew up in Kent with motorcycles, cars and farm machinery. After studying at the University of Nottingham's School of Agriculture, he worked for several years on a mixed Sussex farm
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David Pullen

Brought up on a large mixed farm near Newmarket, Suffolk, David Pullen spent his childhood working at every opportunity on the farm
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Leslie Purdon

Leslie Purdon was born in Gravesend. His only ambition from infant school onwards was to become a transport driver like other members of his family. During the last months of his school career he played truant in order to haul hardcore in a five-ton Canadian Ford on private land from Gravesend aerodrome to a local building site
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J Allen Ransome

Born in 1806, James Allen Ransome was the eldest son of James and Hannah Ransome of Ipswich and the grandson of Robert Ransome, founder of the engineering company Ransome & Sons...
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Victoria Roberts

Victoria began her interest in poultry at the age of four. Following agricultural college, she ran an outdoor pure-breed enterprise...
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Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution is the national charity for assisting retired, disabled or other disadvantaged members of the farming community. After a lifetime of hard work on the land, many find they have little or no money left for their retirement years ...
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Heidi Sands

Heidi M. Sands was born and brought up in the north-west of England. 

Roger Smith

Born in Plumpton Green, Sussex, 1945 and brought up in Middlesex, Roger attended Bishopshalt Grammar School and Wadham College, Oxford...
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Joan Snelling

Joan Snelling was born in London in 1922. She joined the Women’s Land Army in Norfolk during the Second World War
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John Terry

John Terry was a rural studies teacher for 25 years before deciding to set up his own farm in 1989. He is the author of four hilarious books about life on the school farm.
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Michael Thorne

Mike Thorne was born in Highgate, London, in 1938. On leaving school in 1954 he worked on a farm in Oxfordshire where he had his first taste of Ferguson in the form of an early TED20. Compared with most of the other tractors on this 1000 acre farm, the Ferguson was a dream.
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Peter Tye

A Hampshire boy who grew up in the farming community of Hartley Wespall, Peter Tye joined the Royal Navy as a boy seaman...
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Dylan Winter

Dylan Winter has worked on and around farms since his late teens. He studied agricultural engineering at university...
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John Winter MBE

Born in Bury, Lancashire, John Winterbottom (his full name) was for ten years agricultural correspondent of the Manchester-based Daily Dispatch. In May 1958 he joined the Daily Mail as agricultural correspondent...
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David Woodward

David Woodward was born in Beccles, Suffolk and attended the Sir John Leman School...
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Diana Zeuner

Diana Zeuner is the publisher and editor of Heavy Horse World Magazine, the only publication in the UK devoted solely to heavy horses...
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