A History of the World – Farming in Norfolk

The BBC has been covering the History of the World by looking at objects and artefacts. Next week a History of the World comes to Norfolk, when ‘Plough, Cows and Clover’ examines the impact of the Agricultural Revolution on the landscape of Norfolk.

Dr Susanna Wade-Martins looks at the Coke Monument at Holkham and discusses how Thomas Coke, the 1st Earl of Leicester, implemented improved methods of farming on the Holkham estate in the late eighteenth century.

Professor Tom Williamson examines the journal of Randall Burroughes, a farmer from Burfield Hall near Wymondham, who kept a detailed diary of his farming methods in the 1790s.

There is a sneak preview of the programme on the BBC website, and ‘Ploughs, Cows and Clover’ will be broadcast on BBC One on Monday 17th May at 7:30pm.


Author: UEA Landscape History

Landscape historians based in the School of History at the University of East Anglia.

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