Combining in 1959

Combining in 1959

Spalding Guardian Nostalgia Gosberton Risegate resident Mark Joy has sent us this picture of wheat being combined in 1959. Mark says: “My Dad, Gus Joy, is driving the lorry and Fred Wilson is operating the combine. “They were working (and did for many years) for...
Memories of the Sugar Beet Factory

Memories of the Sugar Beet Factory

Graham has a query. Does anybody know how railway wagons of sugar beet were unloaded at the factory around 1960. Hope you can put me in touch with anyone that worked there. I am making a model railway layout that depicts part of the factory. Graham....
When the men worked the fields all their lives

When the men worked the fields all their lives

Mark Joy, from Gosberton Risegate, sent us this fantastic photo of his dad, Gus (Augustus), on a John Deere tractor in 1950, pea cutting down Broad Drove, Surfleet Fen Farm, near Gosberton Clough, with Les Jackson and Fred Wilson. ‘My Dad was born on December 28,...
Farming on Surfleet Fen in 1959

Farming on Surfleet Fen in 1959

Gosberton Risegate resident Mark Joy has sent us this picture of wheat being combined in 1959. Mark says: “My Dad, Gus Joy, is driving the lorry and Fred Wilson is operating the combine. “They were working (and did for many years) for Proctor Bros Ltd,of Gosberton....
Early Automated Tulip Head picking

Early Automated Tulip Head picking

The Spalding Bulb Co decided in 1964 to build a mechanised Tulip header to save on the cost of labour. The machine was built in-house by the Farm Workshop manager Ray Wiles assisted by Harold Wilkinson (of Weston) and myself. It took us about 4 months and several...