|Nettle Hall Farm|
Being a mixed farm, they also had quite a lot of pigs at one time, here is John out in the field with a few of them, in the days when pigs spent most of their life able to wander around outside unlike today when most are reared intensively in sheds.
From the 1920’s to the late 1950’s most work on the farm was done using heavy horses, and my grandparents always had a couple of heavy horses for this. Shown here is Hettie standing proudly holding the last of their farm horses. I will remember her talking about then, and calling them fondly by name. [One was called ‘Darling’, can’t remember the name of the other]. However the fateful day came when they were no longer needed due to the arrival of a tractor on the farm, and as no one wanted them, the only solution was to take them to be put down at the local Knacker’s Yard. Hettie said she could not bear to see them being led away for slaughter, so stayed in the farmhouse, hoping that they would not make any noise when being loaded into the wagon. Unfortunately one of them whinnied as it was loaded up, and she says she burst into tears and cried for a week afterwards!