Country tales

A black and white view taken in the 1960s of Saddlescombe Farm from the road, framed by a tree, with rolling hills on the horizon

The people who grew up and worked at Saddlescombe Farm experienced great changes in rural living throughout their lives.

Stan Hollingdale (1925-2011) was born on the farm at Saddlescombe cottage. He spent his whole life living in the same house and worked as a farmer for 60 years.

We interviewed him in 1996 and he told us of his childhood memories of living and working on this South Downs farm in the days before tractors.


Stan's childhood memories

Find out more about Stan Hollingdale's memories of Saddlescombe Farm in this short video.

He took us through the revolutionary changes in agriculture in the twentieth century from the days when ten workers would do the threshing and horses would do the ploughing to the arrival of the first combine-harvesters and automated milking parlours.


Changes in rural living

Stan remembers how farm work and rural living changed throughout the twentieth century.