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National Farm Survey - no. 16, Aldington

Messrs Alfred BUTLER & Son
Aldington Manor, Aldington
Size of Farm
5 acres and over

Census Form C47

C47 returned?
Acreage of Crops and Grass
Q10 - Potatoes, main crop and second earlies¾ acre
Q23 - Orchards, with crops, fallow, or grass below the trees12½ acres
Q26 - Vegetables for human consumption (excluding Potatoes), Flowers and Crops under Glass5½ acres
Q27 - All Other Crops not specified elsewhere on this return or grown on patches of less than ¼ acre1 acre
Q28 - Bare Fallow3½ acres
Q31 - Permanent Grass for Mowing this season10 acres
Q32 - Permanent Grass for Grazing (not for Mowing this season) but excluding rough grazings4 acres
Q33 - TOTAL OF ABOVE ITEMS, 1-32 (Total acreage of excluding Rough Grazings)37¼ acres
Q34 - Rough Grazings (Mountain, Heath, Moor or Down Land, or other rough land used for grazing on which the occupier has the sole grazing rights)1 (not grazed, too rough)
Labour employed on 4th June
Q35 - Wholetime regular workers, Males 21 and over2
Q41 - Casual (seasonal or part-time) workers, Women and girls1 (only 2 or 3 occasionally)
Q82 - Used for agricultural purposes (including mares kept for breeding) or by Market Gardeners, Geldings1
Q73 - Poultry, Fowls over 6 months old8
Q76 - Geese of all ages5

Census Form C51

C51 returned?
Acreage of vegetables for human consumption, flowers, crops under glass
Q88 - Brussels Sprouts1 acre
Q92 - Parsnips¼ acre
Q94 - Beetroot¼ acre
Q95 - Onions1¼ acres
Q96 - Beans, Broad¼ acre
Q97 - Beans, Runner and French1 acre
Q98 - Peas, Green, for Market1 acre
Q99 - Peas, Green, for Canning1 acre
Q101 - Asparagus¼ acre
Q105 - Tomatoes, growing in the open¼ acre
Q115 - TOTAL6½ acres
Stocks of hay and straw on holding on 4th June
Q125 - Hay2 tons

Census Form SF

SF returned?
Motive power on holding on 4th June
Q137 - Oil or Petrol Engines, Number and Horse Power1 (5½ Horse Power)
Q143 - Actual rent payable during current year£197 6s 0d (for Manor Farm and Bennetts Hill, Offenham)
Length of occupation of holding
Q147 - How many years have you been the occupier of the holding?40 years


B496 returned?
QA1 - Is occupier tenant or owner?Tenant
QA2a - If tenant, forename of ownerH
QA2b - If tenant, surname of ownerASHWIN
QA2c - If tenant, address of ownerBretforton, c/o Agent, E G Righton, Evesham
QA3 - Is farmer full-time, part-time, spare time, hobby, other type, and other occupation, if anyFull time
QA4 - Does farmer occupy other land? If so, name of holding, parish and countyYes - Occupational, Offenham, Worcestershire
QA5 - Has farmer grazing rights over land not occupied by him? If so, nature of such rightsNo
Conditions of Farm
QB1 - Percentage of area on which soil is heavy/medium/light/peaty100% medium
QB2 - Is farm conveniently laid out?Moderately
QB3 - Percentage of farm which is naturally good/fair/bad100% good
QB4 - Situation in regard to roadGood
QB5 - Situation in regard to railwayGood
QB6 - Condition of farmhouse and buildingsFarmhouse - good; Buildings - good
QB7 - Condition of farm roadsFair
QB8 - Condition of fencesFair
QB9 - Condition of ditchesFair
QB10 - General condition of field drainageGood
QB11 - Condition of cottagesNot applicable
QB14 - Is there infestation with rabbits and moles, rats and mice, rooks and wood pigeons, other birds, insect pests?Infestation with insect pests; no infestation with rabbits and moles, rats and mice, rooks and wood pigeons, other birds
QB15 - Is there heavy infestation with weeds? If so, kind of weeds?Yes - lichens and briars
QB16 - Are there derelict fields? If so, acreageNo
Water and Electricity
QC1 - Water supply to farmhousePipe
QC2 - Water supply to farm buildingsPipe
QC3 - Water supply to fieldsStream
QC4 - Is there a seasonal shortage of water?No
QC5 - Electricity supply - public light, public power, private light, private powerElectricity supply - private light and private power
QC6 - Is it used for household purposes and/or farm purposes?Yes - household purposes
QD1 - Is farm classified as A, B or C?C
QD2 - Reasons for B or C (old age, lack of capital, personal failings)Personal failings - this man is lazy and incompetent
QD3 - Condition of arable landNot applicable
QD4 - Condition of pastureFair
QD5 - Use of fertilisers on arable/grass landPasture land - not at all
Field information recorded by
R W Sidwell - 10 Nov 1943
Primary record completed by
P BrIce - 3 Jul 1943 (sic)