Memories of living and working at Saddlescombe Farm

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, Margaret Booker, and Gerald Milner remember the time vividly; here are their memories of our much-loved farm:

Stan's childhood memories of Saddlescombe

Stan Hollingdale was born at Saddlescombe cottage 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 were dropped in nearby fields.
Stan Hollingdale, Margaret Booker, and Gerald Milner remember the time vividly.

Changes in rural living

Stan 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 ten workers would do the threshing and horses would do the ploughing, to the days of the first combine-harvesters and automated milking parlours.


Stan's childhood memories

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


Memories of the Second World War

Margaret, Gerald, and Stan share their memories of how the Second World War affected life at Saddlescombe Farm.


Changes in rural living

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