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    Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Hi all,

    I thought some of you might be interested to see a collection of old photographs taken mostly by my father during the 70s, 80s and 90s of the goings-on at the family farm in Leicestershire. I recently spent some time scanning boxes and boxes of old 35mm negatives that my dad brought out of storage.

    As a little bit of background, we have been farming on the outskirts of Leicester for a number of generations (I'm sure many of you understand the challenges of farming on the urban fringe!). In the late 90's we made the decision to sell all of our machinery and kit, and to this day the land (predominately rented) is farmed by local contractors.

    I myself am a final year student at Harper Adams, moving to Canada in the summer to go into agronomy. So these pictures provide a snapshot of when we used to farm ourselves - I hope they bring back a few memories for some of you. If you have any specific questions about a particular photo I will forward them onto the old man, as I'm pretty clueless about most of them! I'll try to add a few every evening or so.

    Thanks for looking!
    Ben Burrows.
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    I'm going to start off with some very old photographs - possibly taken by my grandfather or even great grandfather! We're not quite sure where these were taken, but thought it was sensible to start with the oldest!


    
    







    Next up...something more recent!

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Brilliant - keep them coming

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Nice pictures, I'm looking forward to the rest of them, we used farm in ratby until about 1990 when my grandparent's retired to Norfolk and we moved to tilton on the hill

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Thanks for the comments! Very close then Mark - What's your surname? My old man might know of you!

    Next up for tonight...delivery of a new Ford 7710, sometime around 1981-82. Parked in front of the farmhouse in the village of Cropston (where we still live today).








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    Old mans name is Phil east, he used to work for David wathease (don't think I spelt that right) from Kirby muxloe

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Really nice pictures thanks for sharing them with us

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Keep them coming, absolutely wonderful. Make sure you're taking as many for your great grandchildren!

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Interesting photos, I went to the sale when they sold their shorthorn herd, would have been around 1994/5.

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Wonderful pictures Ben. Always lovely to see old photographs! The man (or woman) who took them certainly had a keen eye for photography. Unique piece of British farming history recorded!

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    Ben,
    I am like a moth to a flame with those great images of the Ford 7710s! I think there's some great potential here for a feature in Classic Tractor, looking back at your family's past machinery. Maybe you could drop me a direct line at classictractor@btinternet.com

    Thanks for posting the pics, they are great.

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    Thanks for the kind comments! It's great to see a few people from the area or who may have known us in the past, too! R Day, I will send you an email this evening! Today's photos - Ford 7710 ploughing in Cropston, Leicestershire. Photos by my father, and the man in the dashing orange t-shirt is my grandfather.









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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    That Ford 7710 must be 200 Hp it was pulling a four furrow plough .

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    thanks for posting these fantastic photos!

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    Thanks Richard, it's a pleasure!

    Something a bit different this evening. A few pictures of the Pick Your Own farm we owned in the village of Groby, and a fayre held there one year. Not exactly sure on the year I'm afraid.













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    Quote Originally Posted by Bog Man View Post
    That Ford 7710 must be 200 Hp it was pulling a four furrow plough .
    Plough is also fitted with subsoiler shares on the 1st and 3rd furrow!!!

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Great pics!

    Blue sky's, dry land, ankle deep green grass almost seems like another country

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    Quote Originally Posted by powerontheland View Post
    Plough is also fitted with subsoiler shares on the 1st and 3rd furrow!!!
    100hp 2wd and a four furow plough with subsoiling shares, it must be photoshopped.
    You need at least double that and 4wd (3 if a certain shade of green) before you even contemplate leaving the yard. No cb twigs or beacons either so a massive fail.

    My old chap had 2 7710's KNP 265T a 2wd with a turned front axle (swb) replaced by a 4wd on floatation wheels, MTU 373Y.

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    Lovely old photos, thanks for sharing them & I hope you'll ontinue to post more.

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Today I'm posting some photos that my father took at Leicester cattle market. He was there with my grandfather selling fat stock, who is up with the auctioneer recording prices.










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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Apologies for the delay in uploading the next set!


    Not sure health and safety would approve anymore...de-thawing the tractors and lifters!












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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    It looks bitterly cold in those pictures, any idea what year that was?

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Hi Mark, i've just asked the old man and he's not sure but will try to find out for you!

    Got some of my favourite pictures for you this evening! We ran a pair of MB Trac's right up to when we sold all our kit and the contractors took over the farming operations. I will post the next set of one of the MB Trac's drilling tomorrow evening!









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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Beet harvesting rig looks familiar, is it Tony Bowlers from Woodhouse, he used to lift ours in the 80s. Looks like Charlie who worked for him looking on, I still see him & Tony at local ploughing matches.

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Hi SPRAYER, yes Tony Bowler was our beet contractor!

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    MB Tracs, now you're talking!

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Evening all! Second set of MB Trac photos coming up!













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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Great pictures! Like the daihatsu. The box on the back is a good idea for filling fert spreader and drill.

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Lovely pictures of some very nice machinery again! I have played plenty with Britains' MB Trac that had a hopper on the back but never saw one actually being used.

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    Re: Groby Farms, Leicestershire - Photos through the decades!

    Thanks everyone! Wish I could take credit for taking the photos! Although mine will be along soon enough!


    Today I have an assortment of random farm photos! Using a new photo upload site so hope they work!













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    Great pics there, I like to see the old pics of fresh machinery!

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