Memories of Saddlescombe farm

Stan's childhood memories of Saddlescombe

Stan Hollingdale was born at Saddlescombe, cottage 180c,  in 1925.

He spent his whole life living in the same house and worked as a farmer for 60 years.

We interviewed him in 1996 and these are his childhood memories of living and working on a South Downs farm in the days before tractors.

Stan died in April 2011.

Second World War memories

During the Second World War, farming life at Saddlescombe radically changed.

Canadian soldiers took over the farm, German planes crashed across the road and bombs dropped in nearby fields.

Stan Hollingdale, Margaret Booker and Gerald Milner remember the time vividly. Their fascinating stories are told here.

Changes in rural living

Stan Hollingdale takes us through his life working at Saddlescombe.

This was a life that mirrored the revolutionary changes in agriculture in the twentieth century, from the days where 10 workers would do the threshing and horses would do the ploughing, to the days of the first combine-harvesters and automated milking parlours.