Film ID: NEFA 20836 Video of NEFA_20836 Farm FARM c.1964 Visitor TabsDescription An amateur film made by John Fraser, a farm labourer, showing farming activities taking place on and around Hart Warren Farm, Middle Warren Farm and Throston Grange Farm near Hartlepool in around 1964. The film begins with views around the farm showing various farm animals including a white horse known as 'Carousel'. A group of children stand outside a door. They are identified as Ian & Anthony Fraser and their cousins Christopher and David Ogles. In a field on the Middle Warren Farm a tractor turns hay. A combine harvester works on a field of wheat. Other workers bundle the straw into “stooks”. A bailer pulled by a tractor moves through a field. A man stands on the sled that is attached to the back of the bailer. General view of Hart Mill with two men making traditional baled hay stacks for display as part of Hart Show. The following scene records views of the Stokesley Agricultural Show including a display of farm machinery for John H. Gill & Sons. Cattle are lead around a ring watched over by a large crowd. Views from a sheep dog trial. General views of terraced housing and a man walking along Front Street in Hart. General views of potatoes being kicked out of the ground by a machine and being picked by men and women wearing sack aprons. General views of snowy landscape around Throston Grange Farm followed by a view of a field of snow covered turnips. Anna Fraser plays with a number of lambs in a field. The film ends with views of Hartlepool Reservoir. Context A Hartlepool farming chronicle Reflections on the seasons of traditional farm life around Hartlepool in the 60s. Through the lens of a local farm hand, the slow rhythms of a farming year gently unfold at the friendly Ogle family farmsteads near Hartlepool. In sight of the North Sea coast sand hills, Hart Mill and Steetley magnesium works, livestock roam free and locals muck in with potato harvests. Traditional hay-stacks celebrate old skills but the gleaming red power machinery at the Stokesley Agricultural Show hint at a hi-tech future on the horizon. The rush to produce food to beat the U-boats during the Second World War introduced a time of change in British agriculture, though modernisation of farms was uneven across the country. This first-hand chronicle of life on Hart Warren, Middle Warren and Throston Grange Farms in the 1960s proudly charts the gradual post-war turn from farm hand to machine – the Fordson Major tractor, automatic baler, combine harvester – whilst highlighting that manpower and traditional farming methods were still to the fore on these small farms. Stokesley Agricultural Show, one of the largest in the North, was founded in 1859 at a meeting held in the High Street inn, The Golden Lion.