Having Been The Farms Manager At The Agricultural College On The Outskirts Of Cambridge, Near Sawston, I Have A Deep Appreciation For Cambridgeshire Farming And The Rich Tapestry Of The Cambridgeshire Countryside & This 1938 English Harvest Video At Sawston.

So I appreciate this early Dufaycolor gem by Humphrey Jennings because it offers a captivating window into the heart of this rural idyll during harvest time in 1938. Soon history would change forever as Europe and beyond was ravaged by a world war.

The 1938 English Harvest 1938 in Sawston, Cambridgeshire

]Join me as the video journeys back to the 1930s, a period of transition for traditional British farming and the countryside. Witness the timeless rhythm of rural life as it coexists with the dawn of mechanisation. Horses are about to leave the countryside and be replaced by mechanical horsepower. From the backbreaking labor of scythe-wielding farmers to the introduction of horse-drawn binders, this documentary captures the essence of a bygone era.

Countryside & Farming Camaraderie During the English Harvest

Discover the camaraderie and resilience of the local community as they toil in the fields, sharing hearty meals and simple pleasures. Experience the beauty of the English countryside as it was once known: the “playground of the town” and the “workshop of the country.” Which other industry has its shop floor so open to the passerby, then and now?

The music is, ironically, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral”. Soon Europe’s pastoral rural scenes would turn to war. The English Harvest Festival’s would now be subdued affairs for several years.

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