Farm Surveys 1941-43:
National Archive (Reference MAF 32/1097/417)
The photograph shows the Dindsdale family strewing hay in a field along Ox Pasture Lane, Newbiggin. (Courtesy of Frank & Martha E. Snaith.)
The poster was produced by the government during the war to encourage women to help the war effort by joining the 'Women's Land Army'. They were greatly needed as a labour force, because most of the men were away from home in the Army.
Below is a summary of the Farm Survey for Newbiggin undertaken on 4th June 1941 and the more detailed individual farm survey that was undertaken on 19th February 1942. For contextual information about the National Farm Survey see "Far Survey" under the "Newbiggin" drop down menu at the top of the page. For details of individual farms, see list on Individual Farm Surveys page by Surname of Occupier. The Wartime Crops Grown were mainly for animal fodder, but there are a few which weren't, see the table below.
The acreage in the table below is from, the Agricultural Farm Census taken on 4th June, 1941 which in some cases may be different from that given in The Farm Survey of 19th February 1942. R.G. means Rough Grazing.
*** Dinsdale Bros., Grange Farm are also included in the Thoralby Return at Hallgarth Farm and Barker Farm, farmed as one holding.
West Lane House was incorrectly included in the Bishopdale Return, see Farm Survey, Bishopdale.
All the above people can also be viewed in more detail in the 1939 ID Register for Newbiggin, with the exception of *John Edward Banks, who was at West Burton. Details for John E. Banks: D.O.B. 18 Aug 1906; Single; Occupation: Joiner. Farm Labourer; Police Reserve.** James Dinsdale, who was at his sister Margaret Eleanor Stubbs House, Castle Hill Dairy, Romanby, Northallerton, helping out following the recent death of her husband. Details for James Dinsdale: D.O.B. 6 May 1886; Single; Occupation: Farmer, own account.
Transcripts of all the detailed individual farm information forms for all 12 farms in Newbiggin can be seen at Farm Survey, Newbiggin.